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Eastern Beaches (Playas del Este), Havana

Discover the Eastern beaches of Havana, Cuba.

Eastern Beaches (Playas del Este), Havana
Eastern Beaches (Playas del Este)
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The Eastern beaches are a series of beaches located just 18 kilometres east of Havana. This area is surrounded by pine trees and starts in the small Cuban resort of Bacuranao, and reaches the town of Guanabo, 27 kilometers away from the capital.

This area is composed of seven beaches that could well be considered as a single vast beach. The area, as opposed to Varadero or Cancún, has not been overly developed for real estate, as it would be expected. However, the area is nonetheless a popular touristic destination, since - during the summer - Havana locals gather here to enjoy the splendid days of sun and the beach of turquoise waters and soft white sand.

Despite the fact of these beaches being worthy of postcards, and certainly crowded during the summer, the facilities and services in this area are nowhere near those in the resorts in Cayo Coco or Varadero. During the winter, the area is pretty desolate, and even during the peak of summer, it’s likely that most tourists think that the restaurants and hotels do not meet the expected standards for the area. Therefore, this area is perfect for those who hate mainstream tourism. In fact, the Eastern Beaches are the only source of fresh air and atmosphere in Havana.

Each of the seven beaches that occupies this 9-kilometer-long area has its particular atmosphere. For instance, Playa Boca Ciega Beach tends to be more frequented by LGBTQ+ couples and Playa Guanabo is full of stores, a lively nightclub, and private homes. Playa Santa María del Mar, for example, features the most resorts for tourists; meanwhile, Jibacoa and Trópico boast amazing coral seabeds and are perfect for diving.

The seven beaches, from the closest to Havana, are: Playa Bacuranao Beach, Playa Mégano Beach, Playa Santa María del Mar Beach, Playa Boca Ciega Beach, Playa Guanabo Beach, Playa Jibacoa Beach and Playa Trópico Beach.

How to get there:

The best way is to rent a car but, should you prefer to use public transport, you can also hop on line 64 bus from La Rampa, and then on the 162 one in Estación Central (Central Station).

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