If the city centre, the great seafood, the incredible colonial atmosphear, the music on the street is note enough, trinidad has one more caracteristic that makes it great.
Just 15 kilometers from the city centre there is a very nice beach: playa Ancon.
The sand is white and the water is incredibly warm, a great place where to spend the day sunbathing.If you can, try to go on week end, the seaside will be more crowded but you will have the chance to have some contact with locals as it's not a beach just for tourists.It's an experience to see them singing and dancing after drinking some rum and coke on the beach and if you are male this will be one of the few chances you will have to have a chat with local girls as in the cities they are scared of police that may threat them if caught to walk or have a drink with a male tourist.
Why not rent a bike at your guest family and start a relaxing day. Ride your bike towards Playa Ancon. You go through a small village and have a great view on the ocean. You can also take the newer road through the open area next to the sanded harbour of Trinidad. At the beach of Playa Ancon, you can have a swim or a sunbath before you ride on or back.
See my travelogue From Trinidad to Playa Ancon by bike
From the beach, you can get on a yacht and go snorkelling in the middle of the sea. It is a wonderful feeling, although I was worried about the reef looking a little unvivid!
Our guides dived and dived in the water before we got to our station, and boy did we have fresh lobster for lunch.
• About 12km awy from Trinidad you will find Playa Ancon, a beautiful, white sanded beach surronded by tall palmtrees. The clear blue water is warm and has good snorkeling facilities. However, you might not see alot of marinal action because of alga, which occationally float around in large numbers. From Trinidad you can take a coco taxi to the beach. Make sure you bring your own picknick as there is only one foodstand on the beach and they often don’t have anything else than bread. The hotels located on the beach, do have a wide variety of snacks and beverages unfortunatley they are reserved for hotel guests.
Book a daytrip to Cayo Blanco, the catamatan is leaving from the marina at Cayo Blanco at 09:00.
You can also buy tickets in the marina.
It is a 1 hour trip.
From the boat near the island Cayo Blanco you can snorkel, lunch will be on the island itself.
Around 15:00 the boat will go back to Playa Ancon.
Playa Ancon, located on Peninsula de Ancon, is a beautiful clean beach located approximately 20 minutes by car from Trinidad. You can take a taxi; we paid 6.00 CUC total fare each way and were able to split the cost by sharing a cab with two other travellers we met. You can use the entire beach for free.
The beach is absolutely gorgeous, and was my favorite of all the beaches we visited while in Cuba. It was quiet, and there weren't many tourists so we found privacy easily. The water was crystal clear, ultra-warm and very calm, expansive and sea-green, and the beach was dotted with trees and bushes. We set up a blanket in the shade, swam all afternoon and watched the ocean sunset into the evening.
Soft white sand beach. Warm water for swimming and snorkeling. A great place to relax and enjoy a few Cuban cocktails.