Playas del Este

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Playas del Este

Take a day trip to the stunning beach at Playa del Este just east of Havana for only $5 CUC in the bus. Bus leaves from Parque Central every 30mins. The beach is 26k from Havana. Hop on and off along the way.

Beach Experience

Just a short walk from the bus stop and you’re on a stunning white sandy beach.

We’ve been to Varadero and this beach is much quieter with far less people. Mind you there are far less resorts as well. Hire a beach chair and relax for the rest of the day.

Try a delicious fresh coconut juice with a dash of rum, your waiter is roaming the beach looking for you! We walked for about 30mins along the beach and reached the first bus stop drop off point and caught the bus back from here.

Depending on the time of year you’re in Havana, the bus can fill up fast so get there early. We went in mid Nov and some people missed out as it was full. But when we were there in Sept the bus wasn’t so full.

Nearby Food

Drinks come to you on the beach!

Our Opinion

Excellent value and well worth a day out to the beach. The water was clean and clear, just perfect for swimming. Not very crowed either, wonderful!

How to Get There

The bus leaves from Parque Central, Havana, starting at 9am, the last bus returns at 6pm. It’s a hop on and hop off along the way, just keep hold of your ticket. We stayed on the bus till it got to the end at Hotel Atlantico, it then travels back the same way to Havana.

This has to be the cheapest bus trip in Cuba, at just $5 CUC per person for a round trip in a modern air con bus out to the beach.

Bus Timetables

Havana to Playa del Este

Departing Havana timetable to Playas del Este beach, Havana Cuba
Departing Havana timetable to Playas del Este beach, Havana Cuba

Playa del Este to Havana

Departing the beach timetable Playas del Este Havana Cuba
Departing the beach timetable Playas del Este Havana Cuba

Driving

If you drove out to the beach in a car it would only take 30mins, but with the bus it stops at quite a few places. It can take 1 hour.

Beach Photos

Arriving at Playas del Este Havana Cuba
Arriving at Playas del Este Havana Cuba
First view of the beach at Playas del Este Havana Cuba
First view of the beach at Playas del Este Havana Cuba
Fresh drinks for sale at Playas del Este Havana Cuba
Fresh drinks for sale at Playas del Este Havana Cuba
Playas del Este Havana Cuba
Playas del Este Havana Cuba
Lovely white sand beach at Playas del Este Havana Cuba
Lovely white sand beach at Playas del Este Havana Cuba
The beach at Playas del Este Havana Cuba
The beach at Playas del Este Havana Cuba
Drinks at the beach at Playas del Este Havana Cuba
Drinks at the beach at Playas del Este Havana Cuba
Lets add some rum to that, at Playas del Este Havana Cuba
Lets add some rum to that, at Playas del Este Havana Cuba
Blue jellyfish at Playas del Este Havana Cuba
Blue jellyfish at Playas del Este Havana Cuba
Another blue jellyfish at Playas del Este Havana Cuba
Another blue jellyfish at Playas del Este Havana Cuba

From Havana

From Varadero