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Address: East of Havana, Havana, Cuba
Description: A famed Cuban beach ideal for lying out in the sun.

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Beach day in Havana

On our fifth day in Havana, the weather began to improve slightly. The sun flashed occasionally and at times, the blue sky even appeared. It was time to check out what there was... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 2, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

On our fifth day in Havana, the weather began to improve slightly. The sun flashed occasionally and at times, the blue sky even appeared. It was time to check out what there was to the Havana’s beaches! We had neither the time nor the desire to take the four hour trip to Varadero. After all, have we not seen the... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

I took a bus (#T-3 from Parque Central - there is a sign with the bus # labelled on it, which is rare in Havana!) and it was only 5CUC round trip. Great value. Based on my guidebook description of the beaches, I was expecting exquisite beauty. Maybe if I hadn't had my hopes up I would've been happy, but... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

When people think of going to Cuba they certainly know about their beautiful, crystal clear beaches. Tourists think of Varadero not knowing that there are beaches of equal beauty in Havana. Unlike Varadero, there is much history and much to see in Havana. The food is cheaper in Havana and the beaches are a quick 20 minute drive. Traffic, as... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

For 5 CUC round-trip (about $6) the T3 Transtour bus from Parque Central will ferry you, at forty-minute intervals, to a drop-dead beautiful beach. On a weekday it's surprisingly quiet, though its proximity to Havana makes it the go-to beach for the locals at weekends. Santa Maria is little more than a deserted street reminiscent of an old Western movie,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

The beach at the Tropicoco Hotel is lovely. The Atlantic is very wild and sadly when we went in early December is was very very windy and we had a lot of rain. That aside, the beach is nice, we saw no pollution, just a bit of seaweed and there are restaurants on the beach, a little shop on the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

I,ve been a little spoiled in the past regarding nice beaches so I had no expectations on this one. We jumped on a bus from downtown Havana and for 6 peso got a return stub. There are a few people that you can get a chaise from and umbrellas if you desire, it'll cost a few peso, worth it for... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

Dozens of trips exploring Cuba over the years.Finally centered & focused on Havana ...first stays at El Nacional & 'El Commodoro" in Havana central & Miramar areas 4-5*hotels more central to Havana scene... unfortunately Havana has no true beaches, some small coves at best, man made via break walls Thus the "Best of both worlds....Playa del Este No 4-5* hotels... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

Public buses are only a couple CUV's from Old Havana to the beaches. We prefer the T3 Havana Tour bus for its 5 CUV all-day pass. It runs as far as the Atlantico Hotel about every 40 minutes until 6 pm. The beaches start about 20 km east of Old Havana, and extend eastward for more than 12 km. The... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

Easy to get there and back by bus (2 cuc two ways), nice beach even if not splendid. There is a small resaurant, but bring water and snacks if you don´t want drinks or a full meal.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

We stayed in Playas de Este area at the Hotel Tropicoco, and it was a pretty good beach. The water is clear, but it can be quite rough and wavy on certain days. The beach is fairly dirty in certain spots with seaweed and human garbage, and it sometimes has a bad smell.

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