Villa Tarará

Bungalow in Habana del Este

Villa Tarará is part of a planned resort town conceived and built in the 1940s that has gone through various incarnations since (Che Guevara once lived here). It's located 16km east of Havana on a pleasant scoop of beach next to a marina and consists of a huge stash of houses of varying size and quality.

Beware: this isn't a typical resort. There aren't any good restaurants, there's little entertainment and the place retains a soporific, vaguely abandoned air. However, it makes a convenient base if you're here to kiteboard and/or sunbathe.