Our last day in Havana was bittersweet. We were sad to say goodbye to such a unique city, but happy to start new adventures. But, we couldn’t have left Cuba without exploring its beaches. Day three of our trip was full of sand, pineapple, and sunshine! If you missed days one and two, you can read them here and here.
Here’s a summary of our last day in Havana!
After our usual breakfast, we decided to revisit Hotel Sevilla. Yup, that’s how good it was! It perfectly embodies the essence of Cuba. We headed straight to the outdoor patio/bar and I ordered a mojito. It was only 11am and I am not ashamed! Ha! The live entertainment was so riveting. Cuban music consumes you. Before you know it, you’ll be tapping your foot, shaking your shoulder, or bobbing your head. We were having so much fun that we ended up staying for lunch. We ordered a veggie pizza and a salad. Oh, and more mojitos! 😉
– Playas de Este –
Playas de Este is the nearest white sand, turquoise-water beach. It’s about forty minutes from the city. There’s a bus line, called Habana Bus Tour, that will take you there for five Cuban pesos. With your bus pass, you can hop on and off at any of their designated stops. There’s a bus available every thirty to sixty minutes, from 8am – 6pm.
We hopped on the bus and headed straight to the beach! As soon as we exited the bus, we saw a ton of food vendors, so, naturally, we stopped to grab some snacks. Duh! Then, we walked through some tall palm trees and arrived to Playa del Este. The water was warm and clear, the depth of the shore was shallow, the beach was clean, the sand was soft, the weather was hot but with a light breeze…it was perfect! There were beach umbrellas and chairs available for everyone including us. We laid out, and soaked up some vitamin sea! Vendors walk around selling fruit, tamales, cocktails, and more! We couldn’t pass up on the pineapple fruit salad. Yum!
Finally, we went for a swim. Ahhhh! I could have stayed in that water until my feet and fingers got all wrinkly. I swear I wanted everyone back at home to experience what I was experiencing. It might have been the best beach I’ve ever been to.
– Farewell –
I say goodbye, but Havana will always hold a special place in my heart. To all my fellow travelers and wanderers, I suggest that you visit Havana as soon as possible before all the new hotels and imported cars arrive. Now that government regulations aren’t as strict as they were before , it won’t be long before Havana becomes another tourist destination.