Beach Time in Cuba

Vacation for me (especially spring break) must include lots of time near the water. Slap a bikini on me and dump me in the sand and I'm good to go. Luckily Cuba provided plenty of opportunities for this, seeing as it's a tropical island and all.

Slurping coconuts at a swimming hole outside of Viñales


Cruising down a causeway on the Gulf of Mexico

The beaches were stupidly beautiful and underdeveloped. Crystal clear water with lush sea grass made for perfect swimming conditions, and the sand was silky white. I bet scuba diving here would have been great, but I just didn't have the time to get around to booking a dive trip. Some of them looked a lot like the beaches I grew up visiting in South Florida.

Cayo Jutias had stunning mangrove formations

One odd thing about the beaches of Cuba is that it is hard to find food at some of them. Playa Ancon only had one pizza stand, and I use the term pizza loosely. Was this socialism creeping in, a lack of entrepreneurial opportunities apparent? Any other country would have lined its beaches with shacks selling boozy slushies, sarongs, and fresh fruit, but they were hard to come across in some areas in Cuba.

For a more in-depth look at the socialist system in Cuba, check out my article here.

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