Considered the most stunning beach in southern Cuba, Playa Ancon stretches its 4 kilometers / 2.5 miles of pristine white sand just a stone’s throw away from Trinidad. From transportation to activities and accommodations, we’ve got you covered with all the details!
💡 Planning Your Trip to Cuba 💡
🇨🇺 Visa: Before you depart, be sure to apply for your tourist card (which is your visa for Cuba). You can easily order your tourist card online through CubaVisa.
🛏️ Accommodations: To book your accommodations in Cuba, the Captain recommends Expedia. In Trinidad, the Captain especially recommends 4 casas particulares/B&Bs with very good value for money (La Residencia Margarita, La Casa Nerelvis y Liubetsy, L’Hostal Ramirez & Casa Barmarin) and one hotel (Casa Colonial Torrado 1830).
🐴 Activities: Horseback-riding, hiking, day trips… there’s plenty to do in Trinidad. To book your activities, the Captain highly recommends Civitatis.
📸 Free Guided Tour: Why not explore Trinidad with a local guide? The Captain highly recommends this free walking tour of the city. You can choose how much to tip your guide at the end of the tour.
Playa Ancon in a nutshell:
While Playa Ancon may appear smaller compared to its renowned competitor, Varadero, it boasts a significant advantage: its location!
Situated just a few kilometers from Trinidad, a magnificent colonial city recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site, Playa Ancon offers easy access to attractions like the Valley of the Sugar Mills (Valle de los Ingenios) and the Sierra del Escambray.
👉 To discover everything about Trinidad and its surrounding areas, be sure to check out Captain Ulysses’ dedicated article: A Guide to Trinidad.
Getting to Playa Ancon:
To reach Playa Ancon, head 12 km / 7.5 miles south of Trinidad in the province of Sancti Spíritus.
Buses operate four times a day from Trinidad, providing transportation for 2 CUC. Alternatively, you can take a taxi for 6 CUC.
For a leisurely experience, you can also rent bicycles and enjoy a scenic ride, taking approximately forty minutes to reach Playa Ancon.
Activities at Playa Ancon:
With easily accessible coral reefs and scattered shipwrecks and galleons on the seabed, Playa Ancon is an ideal destination for snorkeling and diving! Visit the beach’s marina to rent equipment and organize your excursions.
The marina also offers catamaran trips to explore the neighboring coral islets. Additionally, you can try deep-sea fishing (280 CUC per boat for 4 hours, accommodating up to 6 people) or fly fishing in the mangroves (250 CUC for 2 people for 6 hours).
For those seeking a romantic experience, why not embark on a sunset cruise (starting from 20 CUC)?
Staying at Playa Ancon: Hotels & Casas Particulares
While most tourists opt to stay in the beautiful colonial city of Trinidad, if you prefer to stay at Playa Ancon, you’ll find a few hotel resorts available:
However, it’s important to note that the quality of these hotels may not meet everyone’s expectations, and their main advantage lies in their convenient location…
If staying directly at Playa Ancon doesn’t fit your budget, you can also consider casas particulares (private accommodations) located in the seaside villages of La Boca, 7 km / 4 miles from Playa Ancon, or Casilda, 5 km / 3 miles south of Trinidad.
In Casilda, Captain Ulysses recommends two casas particulares:
Beach fleas alert!
Please be aware that, like in many Caribbean destinations, beach fleas can be active at Playa Ancon during sunrise and sunset. It is advisable to avoid the beach during these times and use insect repellent for added protection.