Villa Tarará

Bungalow in Habana del Este

The Villa Tarará is part of a planned resort town conceived and built in the 1940s that has gone through various incarnations in the years 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 beach houses of varying sizes and quality.

Beware: this isn't a typical resort. There aren't any good restaurants, little entertainment and the place retains a soporific, vaguely abandoned air. However, it makes a decent base if you're here to kiteboard – nearby Havana Kiteboarding Club is on the beach and the winds and waves are perfect.