Beach Resorts in Cuba

Beach Resorts in Cuba
While it is not legal for United States citizens to fly directly to Cuba without prior clearance, people from other countries have been visiting this tropical paradise for years. Former Cuban President Fidel Castro always valued the economic boost that tourism provided and allowed development to proceed accordingly. However, Cuba's currency exchange practices can be onerous. Some resorts require payment to be made in the local currency, which is converted with a 10 percent surcharge.

Paradisus Princesa Del Mar

This five-star Cuban resort is on the water in Varadero Beach, the island nation's prime tourist area. Because guests must be at least 18 years old, expect a quiet time at this all-inclusive resort and spa, as well as all the modern comforts you would expect in the United States in these tropically furnished rooms. Even if you never leave the property, you won't go hungry at Paradisus Princessa Del Mar, thanks to eight restaurants, one cafeteria, and four bars to choose from. Burn off the extra calories with your choice of activities such as water bicycles, skiing and beach volleyball. The beach allows topless sunbathing so don't be shocked if you see some skin.

Paradisus Princesa Del Mar
Auropista Sur, Ctra.
Las Morlas,
Varadero, Matanzas, Cuba
(53-45) 667-2000
solmeliacuba.com/cuba-hotel/paradisus-princesadelmar/activity

Hotel Maria La Gorda

If scuba diving is high on your list, the Hotel Maria La Gorda offers beach lodging in Cuba. Located in the western area of the nation, in the Guanacahabibes Biosphere Reserve, the seabed is considered one of the best in Latin America. Enjoy 39 designated dive spots, clear and warm water, and living coral reefs during your aquatic exploration. Even if you don't plan to dive, Maria La Gorda would be a good choice if you're looking for a smaller, less expensive and more remote property. The 55 guest rooms are either small villas or cabins.

Hotel Maria La Gorda
Península de Guanahacabibes
Sandino, Pinar del Rio, Cuba
supercubatravel.com/hotels/hotel.asp?hotel_code=SCTHORMGorda#rooms

Hotel Occidental Grand Playa Turquesa

This all-inclusive property is in the Cuban resort area of Holguin, which is on the northern coast. Hotel Occidental Grand Playa Turquesa offers 531 guest rooms and all the modern amenities in a family friendly atmosphere. For the activity-minded, the local beach offers non-motor sports such as kayaking, windsurfing, water bicycles and snorkeling. While you're out of the water, consider taking a salsa lesson. Medical services on premises offer an amenity we're not used to in the United States. While Internet access is not available in rooms, you can a log on in the lobby.

Hotel Occidental Grand Playa Turquesa
Calle Guardalavaca, Playa Yuraguanal
Rafael Freyre, Holguín, Cuba
supercubatravel.com/hotels/occidental/occidental_playa_turquesa.asp

Article Written By Derek Dowell

Derek Dowell has ghostwritten dozens of projects and thousands of blogs in the real estate, Internet marketing and travel industry, as well as completed the novel "Chrome Sombrero." He holds a Bachelor of Science in environmental legal studies from Missouri State University.

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