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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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
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All photos taken by Luci Westphal.