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Charming Caribbean Seaside Village: La Boca (Cuba)

Hostal Rancho Florida - Colorful casa particular in La Boca Cuba

La Boca, Cuba, offers the perfect escape from the winter up north and the crowds of Havana, nearby Trinidad and the popular resort beach Playa Ancon.

Are you dreaming of a visit to Cuba – but want to see more than just Havana or the overly popular resort beaches? Then travel to the state of Sanctus Spiritus in Central Cuba. Here you must visit Trinidad de Cuba – an entire town that has been declared an UNESCO World Heritage.

To enjoy the beautiful Caribbean sea and sandy beaches, you might want to stay in one of the Cuban-style resorts in Playa Ancon. Cuban-style resort can be described as a mixture of Caribbean flair with Soviet Union functionality. Yeah, you probably want to experience that at least for one night.

View from a Cuban BelAir classic car taxi of the drive from Playa Ancon to La Boca along the Caribbean Coast.
View from a Cuban classic car taxi of the drive from Playa Ancon to La Boca along the Caribbean Coast.

When you’ve had enough of all the noise and crowds of the popular tourist attractions, you’re ready for your escape to the charming fishing village La Boca, Cuba.

Trees along the village's waterfront provide much appreciated shade.
Trees along the village’s waterfront provide much appreciated shade.

The small village features a walking path along the rocky shore, a beach, small harbor for little fishing boats where the Guaurabo River runs into the Caribbean Sea, beautiful flowers and lots of colorful small houses – and, of course, the obligatory classic cars and horse carts.

Colorful homes, abundant flowers and classic cars are typical for Cuban villages.
Colorful homes, abundant flowers and classic cars are typical for Cuban villages.
Horse and cart just off the beach in La Boca, Cuba.
Horse and cart just off the beach in La Boca, Cuba.

The village’s beach, Playa del Rio, is rather rocky and doesn’t match the white sands of Playa Ancon. But in the middle of the day, you may just have it all to yourself!

Playa del Rio features a few thatch umbrellas to turn this Happy Place into a Happier Place.
Playa del Rio features a few thatch umbrellas to provide shade and thus turn this Happy Place into a Happier Place.
Playa del Rio in La Boca - where the Rio Guaurabo flows into the Caribbean Sea.
Playa del Rio in La Boca – where the Rio Guaurabo flows into the Caribbean Sea.

With the crystal clear water, partly fed by the river coming down from the mountains, and the amazing rock plateaus overhanging the bay, it seems like an ideal spot for fishing, snorkeling, or just watching the sunset.

Fishermen in La Boca, Cuba.
Fishermen in La Boca, Cuba.

There are quite a few casa particulars (private guest houses) to accommodate overnight visitors and a few small restaurants and food stands. So it’s definitely ready for visitors.

Ranchon Suenos Deseados Restaurant Luncheon of desired dreams La Boca, Cuba
Ranchon Suenos Deseados Restaurant Luncheon of desired dreams

How to Get to La Boca, Cuba

La Boca can be reached by bike or Classic Car Taxi from Playa Ancon (8 km / 5 miles) or Trinidad (6.5 km / 4 miles). It’s also a stop on the rumored hop-on-hop-off bus connected all three places. However, we never saw this bus.

Trinidad is about a 4-hour car ride from Havana. Smaller tourist groups will often share a taxi to cover this distance. More affordable is taking the Viazul bus for about $25. The bus ride takes about 6 hours and you might have to purchase tickets at the bus station if the website isn’t working for you.

Green classic car on the waterfront in Cuba. La Boca
Colorful classic cars are not the only forms of transportation in Cuba,
but probably the most photogenic.

Other Things to Do near La Boca, Cuba

Trinidad de Cuba, one of the original 7 villages, with its colorful buildings and cobblestone streets should not be missed.

Parque Natural Topes de Collantes offers a refreshingly green perspective of Cuba with its hiking trails and waterfall.

Valle de los Ingenios (Valley of the Sugar Mills) with its sugar plantations and mills from the early to mid-1800s can be explored by train.

More Impressions from Around La Boca, Cuba

Colorful stairs, buildings and flowers in La Boca, Cuba.
Colorful as can be: La Boca, Cuba.
Dulces Con Calidad - Quality Sweets hut in La Boca Cuba and woman using umbrella for shade.
Dulces Con Calidad – Quality Sweets!
Small fishing boats coming in from the sea into the Rio Guaurabo.
Small fishing boats coming in from the sea into the Rio Guaurabo.
Small pier, smaller boat in the little harbor along the river in La Boca, Cuba.
Small pier, smaller boat in the little harbor along the river in La Boca.
Small boats lined up along the Rio Guaurabo, Cuba.
Small boats lined up along the Rio Guaurabo, Cuba.
Gate to the sea in La Boca, Cuba.
Gate to the sea.
Coral find along the Cuban seashore.
Coral find along the Cuban seashore.
Cuban Lizard
Stop. Look. Appreciate a Cuban Lizard.
Pink and white bougainvillea in Cuba.
Bougainvillea everywhere!
One more look back at the Caribbean Sea in La Boca, Cuba.
One more look back at the Caribbean Sea in La Boca, Cuba.

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Small village fishing boat harbor in Caribbean Seaside Village La Boca, Cuba.
Charming Caribbean Seaside Village La Boca, Cuba.

Let’s Inspire Each Other!

Have you been to Cuba? Then please tell us about our experience and share your tips. Where is your favorite off-the-beaten-path place?

Please leave a comment below – inspired by these questions or whatever you’d like to share…


All photos taken by Luci Westphal.

Charming Caribbean Seaside Village: La Boca (Cuba)

9 thoughts on “Charming Caribbean Seaside Village: La Boca (Cuba)

  1. Something about this place reminds me of home. so charming, seems so relaxing, cant take my eyes of these pictures.

  2. These pictures are beautiful. They remind me so much of where we lived in the Bahamas.

  3. What a charming, laid back, and pretty village. I love the fact that is so bright and colorful! Love that ocean too!

  4. Those pictures are beautiful. My daughter is going to Cuba after her graduation, now I want to join her after reading your post.

  5. Wow. Incredible and fascinating photos! I didn’t realize Cuba was such a colorful place.

  6. Wow the photos are amazing. La Boca, Cuba looks like a beautiful place for a relaxing vacation

  7. Cuba is such a cool country with such a fascinating history. I didn’t know it was this beautiful though. Such gorgeous pictures!

  8. Oh, goodness, what a picturesque place! <3 I think this is how my dream-place looks like )) Thanks a lot for sharing, I am totally in love now…

  9. This place looks so beautiful and relaxing! I really want to visit Cuba but my American passport says no ๐Ÿ™

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