With the days getting colder in the UK, more people are considering getting some winter sun on a Cuban beach in the tropics.
Home to some of the most popular beaches in Cuba, the town of Varadero has everything you could want for a few days of relaxing on the sand: crystal clear waters, amusement parks and lively bars and restaurants.
It is situated on the 20km Hicacos Peninsula on the north coast, with a large nature reserve at the tip that is ideal for a day’s leisurely exploration.
Alternatively, Caya Coco is a true “paradise beach” area in the Ciego de Avila province, part of the Archipelago of Camaguey. As well as offering the same blue waters and white sands of Varadero, Caya Coco has numerous submarine fishing spots.
Beach Pilar is one of the most beloved spots in Caya Coco, and was a favourite marlin fishing place of Ernest Hemingway. The sea here is also a great place to find swordfish, and hosts an annual competition where Cubans battle it out to see who can catch the biggest.