Some 12km (8 miles) south of Trinidad lies a spectacular stretch of beach, accessible either by way of Casilda or the more scenic route via the small fishing village of La Boca, where Trinidad’s river disgorges its waters into the sea.
The journey from Trinidad is a glorious ride along the coast, with the turquoise blue of the Caribbean just a few metres away and the lofty mountains of the Sierra del Escambray rarely out of sight.
A narrow 8km finger of land curling like a twisted root out into the placid waters of the Caribbean, set against a backdrop of rugged green mountains, the Península de Ancón enjoys a truly fantastic setting. Covered predominantly in low-lying scrub, the peninsula itself is unspoilt yet unenchanting once you get away from the coastline, but it does boast several enticing beaches, including Playa Ancón, and an idyllic stretch of mostly undisturbed seashore.
The beach here is popular with local people, who can’t usually be found at the main tourist resort of Playa Ancón, farther out along the peninsula. Playa Ancón is an excellent long sandy stretch with warm, clear blue waters. Behind the beach there are lakes and swamps. Bathers tend to gather on the sections in front of the Hotel Ancón and the nearby Hotel Costa Sur, where they can be within easy reach of bars.
Trinidad – Unesco World Heritage
Mansión Alameda is located in the UNESCO declared world heritage city of Trinidad in one of the most famous streets of this historic city and within walking distance of all renown sights in the centre of town. Trinidad’s picture-perfect location, between mountains and the Caribbean coastline, offers an abundance of natural attractions.
Cienfuegos is known as the “Pearl of the South. Arranged around the country's most spectacular natural bay, Cienfuegos is a nautical city with an enviable waterside setting. A factor that earned it a Unesco World Heritage Site listing in 2005.
Valle de los Ingenios
As you leave Trinidad heading northeast toward Sancti Spíritus, the road passes through the spectacular Valley of the Sugar Mills. Like Trinidad, this lush valley is a UNESCO world heritage site.
Topes de Collantes
Topes de Collantes is a mountain region of the Sierra Escambray, approximately 20 Km north of Trinidad. The road twists and turns through spectacular scenery, with every bend offering new views of tropical vegetation, interspersed with plantation forests of eucalyptus and pine. Parrots and other bird species are abound.