Welcome to Siboney
Playa Siboney is Santiago's answer to Havana's Playas del Este, a low-key seaside town 19km east that's more rustic village than deluxe resort. Guarded by precipitous cliffs and dotted with a mixture of craning palms and weather-beaten clapboard houses, the setting here is laid-back. The beach scene that mixes fun-seeking Cuban families and young santiagüeras with their older, balder foreign partners. Unfortunately, as of late the town is full of jejenes (sand fleas) and jinteros (touts). Both will bother you.
While the small crescent of grayish sand is none too inspiring, there's consolation in cheap prices and a good location (on the doorstep of Parque Baconao). For those craving a break from Santiago, it's an okay hideaway.