Playa Ancon: A Hidden Treasure

Playa Ancon 2

There are so many beautiful beaches in Cuba that it can be confusing trying to find the beach most suited for your trip to Cuba. What most connoisseurs of Cuba’s magnificent beaches do is try to identify what the tourist is looking for and match their interests with the perfect beach.

If your interests are to enjoy vigorous exercise, there are beaches for athletes. If the individual’s concentration is to explore coral reefs and discover all types of fish not found in other locations, some of Cuba’s coral reefs are unparalleled for snorkeling.


If you wish to visit a beach that is a romantic getaway with fewer people than resorts like Varadero or Cayo Largo, you might want to talk to travelers who know their way around Cuba’s beach scene. You may have to compromise on accommodations but what you give up in luxurious surroundings, you will more than compensate for in privacy and romance.

Playa Ancón

And, that is just what many of Cuba’s happiest vacationers do. Interested in information and insight into all Cuba’s beaches? Contact Yordi at


For example, the white sandy beaches and blue waters at Playa Ancon are national treasures. Located near the popular People-to-People destination of Trinidad, Playa Ancon offers all benefits of more easily recognized beaches on the east coast but much more privacy.


Along with this privacy comes the added benefit of being close by the Caribbean’s finest example of colonial architecture which is also a symbol of the prosperity from the booming sugar industry that once flourished in the area.

Alberto Delgado airport entrance

Playa Ancon is located in the quiet village of Casilda in the municipality of Trinidad and the province of Sancti Spiritus. Casilda is a true seaside resort that caters to Americans enjoying People-to-People tours and international guests from all corners of the world. The village was founded in 1808 by Andres Valdes Pino on what was once a thriving farm known as Peralta, The village population is about 2,000, much less than most of the seaside village sat larger beaches.


Casilda is located 5 kilometers south of Trinidad on the shores of the Gulf of Ana Maria. The village is situated on Casilda Bay on the Ancon Peninsula. The spectacular beach is home to several quiet but efficient four-star hotels which reside on the peninsula’s main roads, Calle Real and Carretera a Ancon.


Valle de los Ingenios torre

Valle de los Ingenios torre

The village is 30 kilometers from one of the most spectacular vista in Cuba, the Valla de los Ingenios and 75 kilometers from Sancti Spiritus. Visitors to the beaches arrive via rail that connects Placetas and Fomento with Trinidad. The Alberto Delgado Airport is just 4 kilometers from the village.

Plaza Mayor - Trinidad

Marina Trinidad-Casilda offers guided diving excursions to the area’s coral reefs. Divers enjoy 22 different diving sites to access the active reefs and to lead to a number of sunken ships from bygone eras.

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