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When to go and weather


Getting to Playa Larga

There's a thrice-daily Víazul (www.viazul.com) bus from Havana that heads onto Playa Girón (CUC$6, 30 minutes), Cienfuegos (CUC$7, 1¾ hours) and Trinidad (CUC$12, 2¾ hours). It stops at the main road junction, 400m west of the Villa Playa Larga. There's only one daily bus in the opposite direction toward Havana (CUC$13, 3¼ hours), and another to Varadero (CUC$12, three hours). Note: buses are usually full. Book in advance, preferably at the ticket office in Playa Girón.

Getting around Playa Larga

The twice-daily hop-on/hop-off shuttle bus (CUC$3 daily, 2½ hours for the full run) links Boca de Guamá with Playa Girón passing through Playa Large en route. It stops outside the Villa Playa Larga.

Health and safety


  • Comprehensive travel insurance to cover theft, loss and medical problems is highly recommended.
  • Some policies specifically exclude dangerous activities such as scuba diving, motorcycling, skiing and even trekking: read the fine print.
  • Check that the policy covers ambulances or an emergency flight home.
  • Find out in advance if your insurance plan will make payments directly to providers or reimburse you later for overseas health expenditures.
  • If you have to claim later, make sure you keep all documentation.
  • Paying for your airline ticket with a credit card often provides limited travel accident insurance – ask your credit card company what it is prepared to cover.
  • Worldwide travel insurance is available at www.lonelyplanet.com/travel-insurance. You can buy, extend and claim online anytime – even if you’re already on the road.
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