Best beach resorts in Cuba

If you’re anything like us, we’re sure you can’t wait to get back to a tropical beach after months of staying home and watching reruns of your favorite shows. With sparkling white-sand shores, calm waters and popular resorts just steps from the sand, Cuba is one of Canada’s favourite beach vacation destinations!

To help you get started on planning your next sunny getaway, we put together a list of our favourite all inclusive beach resorts in Cuba.

Two women on a pedal boat in the ocean
Reconnect with friends at Royalton Hicacos Resort and Spa

After months of staying home and social distancing, one of the best ways to catch up with friends is in paradise. Royalton Hicacos Resort and Spa in Varadero is located on the sunny shores of the Hicacos Peninsula and provides the perfect setting for your friend-cation, with activities and amenities that everyone in the group will love. Spend days chatting by the pool’s swim-up bar or try out a range of resort-offered water sports like snorkelling and kayaking. In the evenings, catch up over dinner before listening to live music and sipping on mojitos at the Jazz Bar.

Kids splash pad with a mini water slide
Enjoy fun in the sun with the whole family at Iberostar Selection Holguin

Sun, sand and fun await at Iberostar Selection Holguin! This family-friendly resort offers its own private stretch of white-sand shores in Holguin and is perfect for parents looking to keep the kids entertained. Younger guests will have a blast at the on-site splash park, the only one of its kind in Holguin; and the Mini Club, with supervised activities for kids aged four to 12. There are plenty of exciting activities for other members of the family to try as well, including Spanish classes and dance lessons.

Pristine white-sand beach overlooking the ocean Photo: @tasha_lef
Soak up the sun on a pristine beach at Grand Memories Varadero

Varadero is famous for its pristine white-sand shores and calm waters, drawing visitors from around the world in search of a quintessential beach getaway. At Grand Memories Varadero, you can spend sunny days lounging under a shady palapa on the resort’s breathtaking shores along the Hicacos Peninsula as kids build sandcastles by the calm surf. Planning an adults only vacation? Sanctuary at Grand Memories Varadero is a resort-within-a-resort for guests aged 18+ offering an exclusive beach area with convenient wait service, so you won’t have to leave your lounge chair for refreshments.

Lounge chairs with tropical cocktails on the beach Photo: @raisingfourlittlemen
Plan a romantic retreat at Royalton Cayo Santa Maria

Whether you’re planning a honeymoon, celebrating an anniversary or just looking forward to spending some quality time together, Royalton Cayo Santa Maria provides the perfect setting for your romantic beach getaway. The recipient of numerous TripAdvisor Traveller’s Choice® Awards, this adults only oasis overlooks the sparkling white-sand coast of Cayo Santa Maria. Stroll hand in hand along the shore before grabbing your favourite drink from the beach bar. In the evenings, order room service as you watch the sunset from your balcony Jacuzzi.

Aerial view of a beach with catamarans on the shore
Discover the deep blue at Memories Flamenco Beach Resort

Beyond the beach, there’s a fascinating underwater world waiting to be discovered in Cuba. Memories Flamenco Beach Resort in Cayo Coco is an ideal home base from which you can explore the deep blue. The resort is located near a colourful barrier reef where you can swim alongside exotic marine life and tropical fish. Paddle out to the barrier reef on the resort’s complimentary kayaks and pedal boats, or explore the surrounding coast on a catamaran and snorkelling tour with Sunwing Experiences. Back at the hotel, you can admire beautiful ocean views from your room’s furnished balcony.

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