Santa Maria Beach in the Villa Clara province of Cuba has been voted the best beach in the Caribbean in the 2021 Travellers' Choice Best of the Best Awards for Beaches, by TripAdvisor. Read on and find out more about this idyllic setting, and how Cuba boasts another three in the world's top 25!
Cuba, 50 shades of blue
As you look at photos of Santa Maria Beach, from any angle you can count at least 50 shades of blue. The turquoise fades into the cyan, which fades into the azure, which merges into sapphire, which runs into lapis lazuli. The waters and the skies really are quite a sight to behold, and Santa Maria is probably pretty similar to what you imagine when you close your eyes and daydream of your perfect holiday.
This is just one of the many reasons that this beautiful setting on the island of Cuba has been voted as the best beach in the Caribbean in the 2021 Travellers' Choice Best of the Best Awards for Beaches, by TripAdvisor.
This slice of paradise is located on Cayo Santa María, which is just off Cuba's north-central coast. A trip advisor review of the beach said:
"Santa Maria beach has incredibly fine white sand that feels like flour, tranquil water, and a nice little breeze. This place is paradise. Some days, you can see fish swimming around or even dolphins from a close distance."
What's more, TripAdvisor has it rated as 4.5 stars out of five, second in the world only to Whitehaven Beach in Australia.
Cuba's beaches leading the way
Not satisfied with having the best beach in the Caribbean, Cuba is not resting on its laurels. Cuban beaches were the star of this year's awards as they picked up four prestigious places on the list of Top 25 Caribbean beaches.
When we mention Cuba, we probably imagine Mojitos in Havana, 1950s American cars, big cigars and colourful, crumbling facades. However, the island's beaches are genuinely leading the way for beauty.
Varadero Beach came in at Number 4, Playa Pilar came in at Number 15, and Playa Paraiso came in at Number 16.
The beaches have been described as:
"Idyllic settings with golden or white sands edging crystal clear blue waters and gently lapping waves - it's what postcards were made for."
So while we're staring at the crystalline waters and palm-lined white sandy beaches on our screensavers to get us through the winter months, it seems our reveries are taking us over the Atlantic Ocean to the island of Cuba, where these dreamlike beaches are.
Cuba, the Caribbean's top destination
With this TripAdvisor 2021 Travellers' Choice Best of the Best Awards for Beaches results, it's likely that Cuba is set to be this year's top pick for people wishing to get away to the Caribbean. Effortlessly catering for luxurious breaks, cultured getaways and adventure trips, this diverse island really does have it all.