Located a short 15 minute drive from Downtown Havana, Santa Maria Beach is the biggest and busiest of the eastern Havana beaches. The warm waters and tropical sunshine lure those who wish to relax, while others come to enjoy a variety of water sports and recreation including paddle boating, kayaking and sailing. Visitors can dive, rent jet skis or work on their tans. The weekend brings many friendly locals from Havana. There is a supermarket, pharmacy and number of restaurants, cafes and bars for the convenience of all who visit. Santa Maria’s close proximity to Old Havana contributed to its development as one on Cuba’s first resort areas. Many visitors take in the nearby nightlife that Havana offers. Its many bars and clubs offer live music and opportunities for an exciting night out. The area also provides ample opportunity to sample traditional Cuban cuisine with its Spanish and African influences. The dishes generally include a delicious combination of rice, beans, chicken and pork.
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