A quiet seaside village surviving with small-time fishing and a beautiful blonde beach, Playa La Herradura offers its almost-on-the-water casas to the citizens of Las Tunas, Holguin and Velasco.

Without stores or telephone, it attracts travellers looking for a total getaway : one can rent a room in legal casas and enjoy only the skies, the sea, the quiet and the seafood. In summer, forget it : it is packed, shoulder-to-shoulder with smoldering, heat-avoiding Cubans.

Although modest,
its handful of casas are clean and well-equipped. Bring books, sun lotion and wine.

Take only pictures, leave only footprints.

A safe bet ? This place will be swarming with all-inclusive resorts by 2018 ... if the planet lasts that long
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On the road between Velasco and Puerto Padre : from Lora (a train track passes), go north towards the coast for about 8km. Jesus Menendez (called Chaparra when this was a huge sugar town) is the city that serves it for food and services.

If your itin includes Gibara or Holguin, it's easy to get here going through Velasco. From the country's central highway and Las Tunas, you'll go by Puerto Padre, Delicias,
then Chaparra and turn left at Lora close to the train track.

Regional road map
Map of area up to Covarrubias.
Map of provincia Las Tunas.
Las Tunas Weather Forecast (Wunderground),
Island-wide bus connections (horariodebuses.com/)
All that's natural in Las Tunas province
Daily currency exchange rates
Jesus Ménendez - nearby town's web pages

All the Web particuba.net
Bayamo, 168
Camaguey, 200
Delicias, 39
Gibara, via Velasco, 100
Holguin, 73
Jesus Menendez (Chaparra), 31
Las Tunas, 112
Puerto Padre, via Chaparra and Lora, 43

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Swim, eat, drink and dream. A few k's away, on a flat seaside road (easy by bike), there's Punto Uvero, Las Llanitas and at the end of this dead-end road, Las Bocas and its playa.

They are all in Jesus Menendez, commonly called Chaparra. A visit should be called for : there are architectural finds (bungalows and cottages dating from the US colonial period) and a cultural community (musicians, writers, artists) which seems effervescent. Radio Victoria 1050AM, 94,5FM

It's here ! Almost deserted in winter because Holguineros prefer their beaches in summer (verano) . Some 3 or 4 km away, playa Las Llanitas and then Las Bocas. A charming excursion and on your return, fill up with langostas for your casa owner to prepare.

PLaya la Jirilla
Playa Las Llanitas, between Herradura and Las Bocas ©

Puerto Padre et région
Regional map • Click to enlarge.

Barcas on the beach | Caballo solo - clic © sogestour

Mar y palmas | Hombre solo - clic © sogestour

Motochicos | Tiny train of the North - clic © sogestour

Playa Herradura
La Herradura in all its splendor ©

At the end of Herradura clic © sogestour

Most casas in Playa La Herradura have numbers as an address — everyone knows where they are... The most experienced have had their permit since 98 or 99 and all offer seafood dinners with salad, banana frita and rice for approx. 8cuc and more. All-inclusive breakfasts, 4-5 cuc. Rate for a double room for two per night : 20cuc, less for longer ::: Make sure that in your first email or phone call you specify that you want to book a room in that particular casa and that you will reconfirm your booking on arrival in Cuba. Unless you only want a room in any house which may be of the same quality, not the specific casa you booked through photos on these websites ::: So as to not abandon expecting owners with empty rooms, reconfirm (or call ahead to cancel) your booking by phone as soon as you can after arriving in Cuba ::: Please write or phone a casa owner to cancel a booking. As late as it may seem, it allows them a chance to rebook. ::: Children under the age of 16 may share a bedroom with adults for free. Specify the child's age when booking. ::: Maximum bedroom capacity is not limited to two adults ::: Also, large casas are not limited to renting only two bedrooms per night. ::: At the end of the casa name, the V signals the casa was suggested by travelers or owners but not verified by the website staff. If you try it and like it, write us about it. ::: Unless otherwise mentioned, the average room rates and service prices are lower than elsewhere, off-season (in winter) : 15-20cuc per bedroom per night; breakfasts 3-5cuc, dinners 7-10cuc. ::: Any casa particular anywhere in Cuba must have a hot water shower, otherwise it cannot have a permit to rent ::: Please share your Complaints, comments & suggestions webmaster [@]cubacasas.net

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HOW TO DIAL A CUBAN PHONE NUMBER HERE ••• CELL PHONE NUMBERS on our town lists and casa pages are preceded by 5 for calls originating Havana; from anywhere else in Cuba, dial 01 + the 8 digits of the cell.

One ac bedroom with ensuite, ranchon
Casa #185, facing the sea, neighbour of Casa de la Iglesia, cel 52 77 39 21

Facing the beach, two ac br's, ensuites
Facing the bay, it's also a rest rant. Cel

Two aircon bedrooms with ensuites; seaside
c/o Anley Cell 52 92 22 09

Upstairs, one aircon br with ensuite & balcony
Casa #177 - Cell. 53 37 00 97

Two aircon bedrooms with ensuites; paladar
Casa #88 - Cell 53 14 17 57 Cell 52 22 69 03

Casa #137 Tél. (24) 42-41-74
"Directly on the beach with a balcony — ideal for watching the sun set." Lonely Planet, 2008

Mayelin Rojas Infante
Cell 52 88 33 64
"Superb casa about 50m from the beach, excellent Cuban-Italian cuisine." Renaldito, voyageforum, dec. 2012

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Updated 14.04.2018