If you’re looking for that kind of get-away that means dropping off the grid then maybe Cuba is your next destination. The small island of Cayo Largo (meaning wide island), is located in the southwest quadrant of Cuba and because of its location, has one of the most pristine beaches we’ve ever come across. There are around 20 km of beaches on the island, but the focal point are two: Playa Sirena and Playa Paraiso.
The big draw to Playa Sirena, Cuba is the beach which consists of hard packed, brilliant white sand making it easy to jog and walk along. Scuba diving is very good here as well even with the beach. Going offshore a bit there are some nice reefs, however note that the coral has been dying somewhat due to the elevated sea temperatures (coral bleaching). In addition to sun and sea, there are beautiful species of wildlife, birds and land critters, that make a stay here just that much more wonderful.
Please note that Cayo Largo del Sur is known for nudism. Now, nudism is unlawful in Cuba, but tolerated as the naturist are pretty much to themselves in the designated resort areas. Of the two – Playa Sirena and Playa Paraiso, Paraiso offers more privacy and thus more nudism that Sirena.
Sirena is a full service beach. In other words it has all the facilities you would expect of a world class beach. There are sport rental facilities and plenty of room to explore. Each resort hotel has its own activities along the beach. You will also find restaurants in the area and a dolphin attraction.
One of the striking features of this under-developed beach is that along the shoreline where it is protected from the trade winds, large schools of starfish gather in the tidal flats. From here, you can also see many colorful fish right from the shoreline. Snorkeling is exceptional in this area.
Sirena Beach – Index:
- Family friendly gently sloping beach (nudism in areas)
- Hard packed brilliant white sand (crunchy fun!)
- Full facilities along the beach in conjunction with resort hotels
- Sports offered – snorkeling, diving
- Transportation by catamaran from mainland Cuba
- Americans are still not legally allowed travel to Cuba as tourists but there are several creative ways to get here by stopping in another country, first.