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?
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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??
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!!
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!
I second the Cayo Coco suggestion.
I third the Cayo Coco. Exquisite. No crowds. Maybe a few Canadians or so.
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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