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Taking family to Cuba

Taking my family to Cuba, want to avoid the major tourist traps but also want to hit some beaches. Any advice on the best ones?
15 years ago, January 30th 2008 No: 1 Msg: #26388  
I am travelling with my family to Cuba in April, and want at all costs to avoid crowded beaches full of all inclusive tourists. I would appreciate any advice on quiet beaches where the kids can have fun and where the adults can as well! Reply to this

15 years ago, January 31st 2008 No: 2 Msg: #26446  

I have been to a place in the north of the Island called Santa Lucia, about north Camaguey, great beaches and unbelievable water color.

Have a nice trip. Reply to this

15 years ago, February 3rd 2008 No: 3 Msg: #26615  
Hey there,
I've been to Cayo Coco, Cuba and it is absolutely a stunning beach. The great thing about it is that it is an island connected by a causeway to the mainland of Cuba, so the only locals that can get onto the island are the ones who work there. We were not bothered by ANYONE on the beach trying to see things. My girlfriends and I went at the end of April, and a bit into May, and they had started to close down half of the resort because May is the off season. So April is a great time to avoid the crowds. Of course it is All Inclusive, but it was an older crowd, so not very rowdy! The resort was called NH Krystal Laguna Villas and Resort.
Have a great vacation where ever it may be! Reply to this

15 years ago, February 5th 2008 No: 4 Msg: #26723  
Try Maritim Varadero Beach (formerly LTI Varadero Beach) in Varadero. It is a 5 star beach resort. they have fine white sands. It is great for family trips. Reply to this

15 years ago, February 18th 2008 No: 5 Msg: #27787  
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Varadero is beautiful. If you are not looking to do the all-inclusive, tourist-trap resort thing, you can easily (and cheaply) rent a few rooms in a casa particular (private home) for your time there. Then, head down the beach a ways, far away from Resortville. The beach is still beautiful and actually frequented by Cubans. And you won't be hassled by that one guy who sells necklaces made out of watermelon seeds and little figurines of oversexualed mulatas.

Enjoy! Reply to this

15 years ago, July 15th 2008 No: 6 Msg: #41888  
all resorts are tourist traps, or (artificial) paradises depending the point of view.
they beautiful indeed, for relaxation are perfect, for knowing the culture and the real people: forget it.
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15 years ago, July 15th 2008 No: 7 Msg: #41929  
Hello Chris 😊

I think getting off the beaten track and staying with a family may be something to consider. Maybe in a village or on a farm.

Here is a thread which may be of interest to you.
Cuba - Prebook hotels??

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15 years ago, July 15th 2008 No: 8 Msg: #42001  
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Cienfuegos is a nice area. I haven't been to Cuba since I was in high school... so 4 years ago... but I remember liking Cienfuegos. But I agree, Varadero is a really solid place to go, and staying in a casa particular is an AMAZING experience. They are so nice and so excited to have you with them!! Reply to this

15 years ago, July 21st 2008 No: 9 Msg: #42502  
Cayo Jutius near Viñales is amazing... really beautiful, and there weren´t too many tourists. its a bit more remote than vedadero.

but I also agree with Leoanard - it´s nearly impossible to find anywhere that´s not a total tourist trap! Reply to this

14 years ago, May 31st 2009 No: 10 Msg: #74499  
I second the Cayo Coco suggestion. Reply to this

10 years ago, March 19th 2013 No: 11 Msg: #167507  
I third the Cayo Coco. Exquisite. No crowds. Maybe a few Canadians or so. Reply to this

10 years ago, March 20th 2013 No: 12 Msg: #167579  
Cayo Coco is an island off central Cuba famous for its all inclusive Hotels and stunning beaches. Cayo Coco offers 14miles of fantastic beaches and there are unbelievable opportunities for water sports of every description including snorkelling on the world’s second largest reef.

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