Sixty kilometres from Havana, o the Northern shores tucked behind a barricade of white cliffs, is Playa Jibacoa, a stretch of coastline basking in relative anonymity. Branded as “Cubas best-kept secret”, this glorious beach is untouched by mass tourism and is fairly secluded. Clear, turquoise waters and white, soft sands pleasantly protected by swathes of twisting trees and bushes make up this spectacular beach with an appealing sense of privacy.
Things to do in Playa Jibacoa
There is not too much to do here apart from the obvious – relax in the sun and swim in the cool blue waters. There is a shack-shop on the street opposite the beach, perfect for getting some cold beers and snacks for chilling on the beach.
If you wish for something a little more adventurous, there are modest coral reefs offshore with basic snorkelling equipment at the campismos available for hire. There are also two shipwrecks near the beach, ideal for those who enjoy diving. There are the sunken cargo ship and the sunken military ship, both perfect for some exploring underwater.
Playa Jibacoa, Cuba © Rgbspace / iStock
Getting to Playa Jibacoa
Playa Jibacoa is exactly what you would expect from a secluded beach, it is private and the ultimate haven for relaxing. However, with secluded beaches comes limited access. Playa Jibacoa is notoriously difficult to reach by public transport and your best means of getting to the sands is by hiring a car or paying for a taxi. If you are driving yourself and coming from Havana, expect an hours ride. If you are driving from Varadero, expect a journey of about an hour and a half.
Accommodation in Playa Jibacoa
Due to the fact that Playa Jibacoa has only recently been put on the tourist map, there are only 3 hotels in the area. All the hotels offer resort-like facilities, the most popular in the area being Memories all-inclusive hotel. For those that wish for a cheaper option, Airbnb is also an option with 6 bedroom houses for around 80 USD a night. Just be sure to book far in advance, as hosts often take a while to respond due to limited internet access.
For most, tourists choose to stay at the hotels in Jibacoa and take day trips or one-night excursions to Havana and Varadero. The close proximity of the city and the laid-back vibes of the beach make for a good combination when visiting Cuba on holidays.
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