With 20 km of golden sand, this beach, 112km northeast of Camagüey, competes with Varadero as Cuba's longest. Travelers generally come here to dive the north coast's best and most accessible coral reef, lying just a few kilometers offshore. Another highlight is the beach itself – a tropical idyll, most of it still deserted – though it collects seaweed even in the radius of the hotels. This isolated resort strip has seen better days, with many hotels sporting a cheap holiday-camp feel.
The swimming, snorkeling and diving are exceptional, however, and the four all-inclusive resorts are well-priced for snowbirds. In peak season, the clientele is primarily Canadian. The flat surroundings feature flamingos, scrubby bushes and the odd grazing cow. Backed by wetlands, mosquitoes can be a huge annoyance, particularly at dusk. Prepare accordingly.