Northern Cayes

Those on the lookout for Cuba’s beautiful beaches will find them here, stretching along from Varadero up the northern coast of the mainland. These northern islands off Cuba are home to picture-perfect beaches, complete with sugar-white sand, swaying palm trees and azure waters concealing kaleidoscopic coral reefs: the ultimate Caribbean paradise.

Cayo Santa Maria is one of our top picks for a luxury Cuba beach holiday. A spectacular drive down the 48km-long causeway leads you to this glittering islet, lined with pristine stretches of sand and luxury all-inclusive hotels like the super-sleek Royalton Cayo Santa María. Then there’s Cayo Guillermo, with its resident pink flamingos and Playa Pilar – a favourite of Ernest Hemingway.  Meanwhile Cayo Las Brujas, bedecked in lush mangrove, offers something a little more rustic; and Cayo Levisa over in the west is also a fantastic alternative beach destination in Cuba.


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