Playa Ancon, a beautiful beach near by Trinidad
Crowned second top cultural destination of Cuba after Havana, Trinidad is not only about colourful buildings and vintage American cars. The colonial town is indeed bounded with natural beauty and hiking trails. It is also a few minutes from an authentic Caribbean beach with white sand and turquoise water: Playa Ancon.
One of the best beaches in Cuba
Playa Ancon is located in the peninsula of the same name. It is about 12 km in the south of Trinidad. It is said to be one of the best beaches in Cuba and locals do recommend it. White sand nested between turquoise water and lush vegetation awaits the visitors of the 4-km long shoreline. Anyone hearing about that for the first time would reply: “Yeah, but we have that in Varadero and it’s longer”. However, Varadero is still a long trip from Havana. Playa Ancon is indeed only 15 minutes from Trinidad by car. For people on a budget and who wish to go to the beach quite often during their stay in Cuba, Ancon is definitely the wiser option. Besides, compared to the other beaches on the peninsula, it is really unique. Playa Ancon is not secluded yet it is not crowded. Also, despite being a small one, it has amenities that put chairs and umbrellas for rent, a bathroom and even a parking lot. You can also boat out from there to the nearby cays and do some snorkelling. The weather is nice in general – with sunny days all year round, so you can visit Ancon any time. It’s however more humid between June and November with a risk of hurricanes when late in the year.
An easily accessed slice of paradise
Unlike the other beaches in Cuba and in the Caribbean islands in the general, going to Playa Ancon is not a challenge. You don’t need to ride for hours or hike to reach this beautiful beach. Buses regularly travel there from Calle Lino Perez or Calle Antonio Maceo – known as San Procopio and Gutierrez before the revolution. They leave at 9 am, 11 am, 2 pm or 5 pm. A trip cost $5. The buses arrive in Ancon beach within 15 to 20 minutes and get back in Trinidad an hour after each previously said departure time. If you are in a hurry, you could take a taxi. It is wiser to get on it with other people – a taxi colectivo, to reduce the price. You could also ride a bike that you can rent for $5 a day to get to the beach. The ride is however recommended for people with endurance. It’s quite challenging since it’s uphill and obviously takes more time – around 40 minutes. If you are staying in a casa particular, your host could arrange a private car for you. It will be however more expensive – around $10 to $15 per person. That price allows you nonetheless to enjoy Playa Ancon after sunset, unless you are staying overnight in the resort on the peninsula.