14 km. from Cienfuegos lays this small beautiful beach bathed by the Caribbean Sea, having a half-rounded form, fine sands and quiet waters. Its especially uneven coastal shelf, inhabited by a thriving sea life and plenty of lovely coral formations at low and medium depths, has several ideal diving sites at Ensenada de Barreras and Las Playitas. Deeper immersions display a broken surface rich in sponges, sea fans and coral beds.
Playa Girón, on the eastern side of the famous Bay of Pigs, 48 km. south of Boca de Guamá, is named after a French pirate who frequented the area centuries ago. Upon the shores of this beach, on April 1961, an army of cuban exiles based in the USA invaded the island in order to overthrow Fidel Castro’s newly established revolutionary government, and was defeated in less than 72 hours. A museum and several monuments bear witness to this event.
At Hicacos Peninsula, in Matanzas province, 140 km. from Havana, Varadero, the most popular and well-known seaside resort in Cuba is located. Having more than 20 km. of beaches, the chief Cuban seaside resort and one of the best known worldwide, has exceptional natural features for the visitors’ enjoyment. Varadero beaches shallowness allows swimmers to go several meters into the sea and have a good time at the wide sandbanks.
On the north coast of Havana Province (Santa Cruz del Norte), 60 km. from the capital city and 50 km. from Varadero, Jibacoa is located: a beach of remarkable beauty on account of the peculiar layout of the more than 100 meters high hills surrounding it.
Just 25 minutes from the capital city, in the way to Pinar del Río, lies this beach. It is very popular among the habaneros, who can frequently enjoy these warm waters thanks to their closeness to the city.
The next beach between Bacuranao and El Mégano is a tourist resort called Tarará, 20 kilometers away of Havana. Its marina (Marina Tarará) is the perfect place for those who want to go out fishing or diving.
27 kilometers away from Havana, Guanabo Beach occupies the coastal strip of the town of Guanabo. With 25 kilometers of beaches it is the most visited of the Playas del Este. In the summer, it can gather up to 120 thousand visitors. It has shopping centers, restaurants, bars, nightclubs.
With 8 kilometers of good quality sand, Santa María del Mar is the longest beach of the north littoral of Havana. It has many hotels and villas, as well as restaurants, nightclubs, and bars by the seashore. In Santa María del Mar, tourists can enjoy catamaran rides, rent jet skis, sail boats, rowboats and explore its many other attractions.
Bacuranao beach is only 12 kilometers away from Havana, it is the first of the Playas del Este. Mainly visited by Cubans, Bacuranao Beach is located on a small bay, its sand is a bit coarse and there are 30 cabins available for renting.
María la Gorda Beach, listed as a reserve of the biosphere by UNESCO, is located on the southern coast of the western end of Cuba, in the inlet of Corrientes, Guanahacabibes Peninsula, 300 kilometers west of Havana.