CUBAN BEACHES, foam, magic and color
By Alberto Celaya / Photos: Publicitur
Cuba has perfect consistency in its over 200 beaches, among which the very renowned Varadero stands out, but there are many other resorts that attract attention. There are also those to the east of the capital, a series of sandy extensions, like Santa María del Mar, close to the city, allowing for a quick dip, or a longer Sunday stay.
But there are many other distinguished ones: Santa Lucía, in the central-easternn province of Camagüey (north); María Aguilar in the Ancón Península, in the region of Trinidad, to the centralsouth of the island; Guardalavaca in northeastern Cuba, Holguín province; and other exotic areas like Las Tumbas, in the extreme west, very close to the Cabo de San Antonio Lighthouse.
The beaches of Cayo Largo del Sur also stand out; one of them is one of four in the world that are formed by very fine oolitic white sands, which never heat up regardless of the harsh sun that bathes them.
And there are nooks and crannies and small beaches, where it would be preferable to swim dressed how we came into the world, in the middle of the absolute solitude of a virgin cay or rest under the shadows of coconut trees.
In the Isla de la Juventud there is another unusual black sand beach, small, solitary and that many people prefer.
Of the 588 kilometers of beach that exist in Cuba, 256 form part of eight main tourist regions, with modern hotel and nautical facilities, and areas supporting recreational development plans.
Places where one finds surfing, jet skis, sailing, sky, banana boating, beach volleyball, among other recreational activities led by Cuban and foreign instructors. The beaches, in addition to being a center for recreation, sunbathing, reading under an umbrella or simply sleeping, in Cuba, have an infrastructure that allows the practice of various sports such as dinghies, jet skis, kayaks, all kinds of trailers, facilitated through different nautical points.
In one way or another, all the aforementioned marine activities are present on Cuban beaches due to the necessary combination of nearby piers, diving centers and facilities of different types. Among the best known beaches in Cuba are some that are an extension of Havana, with an area of sand about a 20-minute drive from any hotel in the central city.
There are several names that appear in order, moving along after crossing the Havana Tunnel, accompanied by a pleasant coastal landscape, where the peripheral neighborhoods of Eastern Havana, Alamar and Cojímar are located. A little further on, the sandy silhouette appears.
It is at least 18 kilometers of beach area with a very good hotel and recreational infrastructure, especially for practicing water sports. The beaches are named Tarará, Bacuranao, Mégano, Boca Ciega, Santa María del Mar, Guanabo, and a little further, on the same coastline, Arroyo Bermejo.
The list is long, the enjoyment plenty, especially considering the locals’ motto that Cuba is an eternal summer.