Cuba's Playgrounds

Silky white sands …  apple-jade water… lush green vegetation … fun-focused all-inclusive resorts… Cuba’s Caribbean playgrounds share all these attributes and then some.

But choosing from among Cuba’s ever-growing number of glittering all-inclusive resorts can be daunting for many people.  The good news is our friendly, knowledgeable travel counsellors are on the move, personally checking out this year’s top-trending Cuban resorts for our very own Maritime Travel Recommended Resorts program.

“Our Recommended Resorts in Cuba brochure gives the inside scoop on our favorite resorts in Varadero, Holguin, Cayo Coco and more,” says Shane Benoit, Manager, Maritime Travel, Port Hawkesbury.  “Only those properties whose quality and value have earned our “Counsellor’s Choice” seal of approval make the grade, so you know you’re in good hands as you plan your Cuba getaway.”

Here are just a few of their personal picks. For all the details and a complete list, visit or pick up a copy of our Recommended Resorts in Cuba brochure in store.

Cayo Coco

Located 500 kms southeast of Varadero, Cayo Coco can seem like a world away. Though commonly called Cayo Coco, this mini-island and its sister islet, Cayo Guillermo, are actually part of a grouping of exquisite little islands and atolls known as Jardines del Rey, or the King’s Gardens.

Beach Retreat: Iberostar Playa Pilar
Recommended for you by Shane Benoit, Manager, Port Hawkesbury

Family Fun!

“I love this property so much that I’ve visited three times and counting! It has been newly renovated and it shows. Small and unpretentious, this is a solid choice for a romantic or family getaway. The staff are super friendly and the beachfront location is gorgeous. Looking forward to my next visit!”

Ask Shane


Calling it “the most beautiful land eyes have ever seen,” 15th-century explorer Christopher Columbus pretty much captured the essence of Holguin in eight short words. But Holguin’s beauty extends beyond its picturesque hills and exquisite beaches – this rugged retreat on Cuba’s northeast coast also tops the list for diving and ecotourism adventure travel.

Beach Retreat: Paradisus Rio de Oro
Recommended for you by Gail Brewer, Regent Mall, Fredericton

Adult & Family Hideaway

 “Looking for a quiet family holiday on the beach? Playa Pesquero delivers big time. I’ve had clients give great feedback about this resort, which they describe as being like a Mexican resort transplanted to Cuba. Couples and families will find peace and tranquility in this well-priced gem with its lovely grounds and great service.”

Ask Gail


Home to Cuba’s only golf course, along with dozens of upscale all-inclusive resorts, Varadero is where the nation’s beach culture all began. The Grand Dame of Cuba’s charming resort towns, Varadero’s famous beach seemingly stretches forever, offering up an extensive array of activities … banana boats, wind surfers, snorkeling, fishing, diving, the list goes on.

Beach Retreat: Melia Marina Varadero
Recommended for you by Ashley Boudreau, New Glasgow

Family Fun!

“A beautiful resort with amazing staff and decent food. The beach is gorgeous and made for walking and the hotel is also within minutes of Varadero Golf Club. This is a top resort for families, although it’s also popular for wedding groups.”

Ask Ashley