With its idyllic setting in the glittering Caribbean Sea, it should come as no surprise that Cuba is home to a vast array of beautiful beaches, some of them ranking amongst the best in the world.
Everywhere you go, you will come across gorgeous golden sands, sweetly swaying palm trees, and of course, the enticing turquoise waters of the Caribbean itself. Many of its beaches really do look like a tropical paradise.
Just offshore, visitors will find some beautiful coral reefs and spectacular dive sites, while Cuba’s cities are fascinating to explore. You are greeted with wonderful colonial-era architecture, lively nightlife, and the decaying grandeur for which the island is renowned.
In recent years, Cuba has opened up to the world; as such, its tourism sector is rapidly developing. Consequently, it’s a good idea to visit all of its beautiful beaches now before word spreads about the island’s well-kept secrets.
1. Playa Giron
With its soft, silken sands and laidback vibe, it is hard to imagine that in 1961, Playa Giron was the setting of the infamous Bay of Pigs invasion, when Cuban exiles landed on the island and attempted to overthrown Fidel Castro’s recently established government.
Nowadays, there is an interesting little museum on offer where visitors can learn about the area’s history – and that of Cuba itself. Giron village is a very chilled out place with a good selection of bars, restaurants, and hotels, while its long beach is perfect for lounging on and taking in some rays.
Located in one of the most extensive wetlands in the world, Playa Giron also has some fabulous coral reefs lying just offshore. This makes it a great spot to go scuba diving or snorkeling, as the abundant marine life below the waters is mesmerizing to witness.
Well worth a visit if you have the chance, Playa Giron certainly won’t disappoint with all that it has to offer. Its history makes it all the more enticing; there aren’t many beaches in the world where you can recline in the spot where an invasion force once landed.