Playas del Este
Last week my daughters were on school holidays and we decided to spend one day at the beach. Fortunately, just 20 minutes from my house are located the gorgeous Eastern Beaches (Playas del Este), among which there is one very special, Santa Maria del Mar, which we like so much because of its crystal-clear waters and its white fine sand.
To get there we took the Habana Bus Tour, a red and blue bus used especially for tourism. We took it at Parque Central (Central Park), across from the Inglaterra Hotel, just 400 meters away from our house. We like it very much for being both comfortable and inexpensive, (3 CUC per person and free for children under 6). On its way to the beaches, right after going through the bay tunnel, it reaches the El Morro Castle; where, if you wish, you can get off when heading for the beaches or when returning from them and enjoy this historic fortress, the superb view of all Havana City, the entrance to the bay with its harbor and its ships.
An excursion to the El Morro fortress is the perfect combination when going to the beaches. You can buy the ticket sometime between 9:00 a.m. from 6:30 p.m. and during that time you can get off and get on the bus as many times as you wish, as long as you keep your ticket. We recommend you this wonderful and unforgettable trip through our city and our eastern beaches.