Planning your dream vacation, wherever it is in the world, can be a challenging experience. So much to see and so little time in which to do it all in, which is why advance thinking is important. If the Cuban coast is your dream location or you are considering a trip there in the future, continue reading for our guide to the experiences not to be missed while you are there.
Cuba is the largest island in the Caribbean and is world-renowned for its impressive coastline. There are many superb spots perfect for snorkeling, with the Cuban waters being particularly famous for seeing nurse sharks, barracuda, groupers and many other reef fish. Although this is certainly not for everybody and a certain degree of experience is usually necessary to see the most impressive things the coastline has to offer under the sea, it is definitely worthwhile. If you are able to learn to snorkel in advance, this would be advantageous.
Keen to see what the coastline has to offer but would prefer to keep dry? Sailing might be more up your street. We highly recommend a bareboat charter in the Caribbean, from 12 Knots, for example. With the crystal blue sea around Cuba being a delight to encounter, this would be the ideal way to experience this. Sail around the amazing islands and spot the marine life from above with a range of yachts on offer. If you like the sound of our previous suggestion, you could even incorporate that as well.
Wind or Kite Surfing
For the thrill seekers amongst our readers, why not consider indulging yourself in a spot of wind or kite surfing? Not for the faint-hearted, this can leave you with memories that last forever. Be sure to investigate prior to signing up for anything. It is vital that you use a reputable company who take health and safety seriously. It is rare for the average temperature to drop below 77 throughout the year, so it is not necessary to wear a wetsuit.
We have recommended things to do in or on the water, but what about simply making the most of the beautiful sandy beaches? One of our favorites is Playa Paraiso, otherwise known as Paradise Beach. It was voted the world’s third best beach in 2016 and it is not difficult to see why. With white sand and sparkling waters, it is usually calm and totally unspoiled. Playa Pilar (also known as Cayo Guillermo) is a very quiet island located west of Cayo Coco. It is best known for its colony of 12,000 flamingoes, which really are a sight to behold. This area is also a fantastic place to go to indulge in a spot of fishing. Finally, Cayo Largo del Sur is a wonderfully deserted and the ideal location if you really want to get away from it all. This area is one of very few gay-friendly places within Cuba.