As the Caribbean's largest island, you'd expect Cuba beach holidays to follow the lead of smaller Carib neighbours, and thankfully they do, even if Cuban culture is the understandable main draw. Varadero is home to a number of white sandy beaches, and sitting just 100 miles east of Havana, it makes an ideal combination with the capital. Further down Cuba's coast is Cayo Santa Maria, the largest and most northerly caye (island) in its archipelago. Unlike most Cuban islets, visitors avoid the slight tumults that often accompany Cuban ferry crossings - not to put you off, it's all part of the charm
- as there is a road that connects the caye with the mainland. Cayo Santa Maria is all about the beach and there are plenty of activities to boot, such as kitesurfing, waterskiing and windsurfing. Beach life continues in the southern tip of Cuba in Guardalavaca - which literally translates as 'guard the cow'. The area is traditionally known for its sugar production, yet its powdery beaches and coral reefs have also helped put it on the map in recent years. Loop round to the other side of the island and reach Trinidad, ideally placed between the Escambray Mountains and the white beaches of Playa Ancon. Stay in Caribbean infused Trinidad and head to sandy stretches of Playa Ancon on a day trip.

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