You know what? While we’re talking about not-so-backpacker-friendly beaches, let’s just get one more out of the way. Varadero is the epitome of a Caribbean resort town and pretty much as far from a laid-back vibe as you can get. This list just keeps getting better and better, right?
But here’s the deal. The reason we include Varadero is that, well, you can’t really have a list of the best beaches in Cuba without at least mentioning it. Varadero is one of the largest resort towns in the Caribbean and, if anything, it could give you a better understanding of Cuba’s booming all-inclusive industry. Take it as a cultural experience more than an authentic beach paradise.
If you do end up going to Varadero, you’ll get the whole shebang. Fancy hotel room, nice pool, spotless beach, you name it. But be warned: with prices starting at $80 a night, Varadero will take a serious toll on your food budget. If you’re heading further east, Guardalavaca is another classic Cuban resort town.
Further reading: 11 tips on how to travel Cuba on a budget