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There are no clothing optional beaches in Cuba, only on some smaller islands such as Cayo Largo, Cayo Coco and Cayo Santa Maria on the private hotel beaches topless sunbathing for tourists is allowed.
As a general rule keep a low profile don't provoke. Complete nudity on the beach is not accepted in the Cuban culture, there's no official government policy, but even topless sunbathing for Cubans on a public beach is not tolerated by the Cuban police.
Several beautiful beaches named Playas del Este are located at 20 km east of Havana.
The nearest beach is Bacuranao, situated about 15 km.
The best playas are at Santa Maria del Mar (see bellow) this is the most tourist-oriented and the busiest of the beaches. Boca Ciega is situated 27 km from the city center and 3 km further you’ll find Playa Guanabo. Close to Alamar is a quiet and lovely beach “Mar Azul" mainly visited by Cubans.
You are safe, many Police patrols guard the beaches. There's a tight control on jinetera's (escort girls) and hustlers on the beaches too.
You can get there by VIAZUL BUS departing from Nuevo Vedado, but the best option is to go by taxi.
A single trip will cost 20 CUC, or about 1 CUC per km.
In 2008 the Cuban Transport company Transtur started with three different guided city tours. The Havana Bus Tour (hop on-hop off bus) starts from Parque Central (Central Park) in front of the hotel Inglaterra and goes to ALAMAR and stops right in front of the MAR AZUL BEACH. The price of a ticket is 5 CUC valid for a complete day (return included) Bus time from 9.00 am till 6.30 pm children 0-6 year free.
At present time this service in modern busses is the cheapest and best way to reach the Playas del Este.
The Havana Tour in an open double deck bus for a ride through the city, three different tours are available (T1,T2,T3).
Above - The City Bus stop in front of Hotel Inglaterra at Central Park square.
The biggest and busiest of the Eastern Havana beaches a popular and excellent place for beach activities, tourists can dive, rent jet skis and sailboats.
In the weekends the place is visited by locals from Havana. The playa is situated at 25 km from Central Havana, a 20 minutes ride by taxi.
The main street is the Avenida de las Terrazas, with hotel Tropico, hotel Las Terrazas, hotel Horizonte Atlantico.
A three three star hotel located at the Avenida Las Terrazas - Santa Maria del Mar, Havana.
Average food and basic accomodation, the strong point is the fantastic location near the beach.
A two star hotel situated at Avenida Las Terrazas e/10 y Rotonda - Santa Maria dél Mar, Havana.
A cheap, basic hotel, most guests complain about the food, but the location near the beach is great.
CUBA Beaches and the Tropical Climate:
A great way to relax
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