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“Nearest beach to Havana”
Review of Playas de Este

Playas de Este
Ranked #32 of 275 things to do in Havana
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: A famed Cuban beach ideal for lying out in the sun.
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Situated at about 16 km away from Havana, this is one of the most beautiful beaches. You can easily get there taking a taxi or a local bus where you have the chance to meet locals. On the beach you can enjoy delicious cocktails or fish/ sea food brought to you straight on the beach.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We caught the T3 bus from Parque Central on March 27th and passed a couple of enjoyable hours on the white sand and swimming in the turquoise blue sea at Santa Maria del Mar. It was quite breezy which mitigated the heat from the sun and I'm afraid I got somewhat burnt, so ensure you slap plenty of sunscreen on. There is a crafts market on the same road where you catch the bus back to Havana.

1  Thank Susan S
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A wonderful spot just 25 minutes from Havana. We spent a couple days lounging on the beach. The sand is cleaned regularly however there is a fair amount of litter in the surrounding grass area. Food and drinks are available.

1  Thank Jessica H
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had considered Varadero for our last 3 days in Cuba. All the facilities you could wish for, but so annonymous it could be anywhere in the world, so we plumped for the beach of choice for the locals - Playas de Este. First impressions were so-so. Locals leaving litter on the beach was not a good sign, but the atmosphere is what makes it. Families of all ages, young lads with giant mono ghetto-blasters blaring out the latest Reggaeton, rum and Heinekin in abundance. For a cheap alternative within easy distance of Havana, Playas de Este is a good choice

1  Thank CockneyRed
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Reviewed March 18, 2018

beautiful, long, sandy beach, good for long walks in the morning, mix of cubans and tourists, fortunately not too many `attractions´, beach gets a clean up each morning, some little seagras depending on the tide, no mosquitos...

1  Thank Karla_9
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