With one of the best beaches in Cuba just 25km up the road, few visitors bother with the rag-tag beaches in Matanzas. Some of them, however, do offer the chance of some secluded sunbathing, and if you’re staying in the city for a couple of days you could do worse than to seek one of them out. By far the largest and most popular is Playa El Tenis, hemmed in by a busy viaduct and complemented by a bar and restaurant. Much smaller and more private is Playa Allende, hidden away below a steep slope just off General Betancourt. With overhanging trees and a sense of enclosure there is a more attractive look and feel here than at Playa El Tenis but there are no amenities and a lot less sand.

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