Visiting Cuba with Kids | Playa Rancho Luna
If you’re ready for a day trip to the beach while in Cienfuegos, Cuba look no further than Playa Rancho Luna, also known as the Southern Pearl because of its charm and the overwhelming beauty of its bay.
Playa Rancho Luna is located about 18 km from Cienfuegos and is accessible by taxi or bus.
We paid USD$10 to get there from Cienfuegos by taxi, and it took about 20 minutes.
This is a beautiful, off-the-beaten-path beach, not over taken by tourists nor over developed like the more popular Veradero Beach in the north.
It has just a handful of hotels and only several Casas Particulares, so it feels more like a genuine Cuban destination where locals go to spend their free time.
It has a few small restaurants, which offer food and refreshments right on the beach. We ate on the porch of the main restaurant, also named Rancho Luna, because the view peering down on the tan sand and sparkling sea was amazing.
The food was cooked from scratch so there was a bit of a wait, but it gave us time to drink some fresh guava smoothies. The prices were reasonable – lobster USD$12, chicken USD$6, smoothie USD$2 and beer USD$1.
We got a few appetizers and shared an order of lobster. The food was plentiful.
After lunch, we walked the beach, which had coarse, shell-rich sand, small trees and crystal clear turquoise water. There was a bit of trash around, but its only to be expected in such a local area with only a few tourists.
We relaxed underneath one of the parasols for shade, and there was no charge for us to use it for as long as we wanted!
We spent some time walking around and collecting interesting shells.
Protected by coral reef, snorkeling is easy to do on your own if you brought your own gear. We just walked into the water and went for it. I also heard that diving was good nearby, but we didn’t get a chance to check it out.
There was seaweed on the ocean floor in a lot of areas, but there was plenty of sand and rocks to stand on if need be.
In all, we give Playa Rancho Luna a thumbs up.
Getting home, there was a man waiting just outside the restaurant who called a taxi for us.
As we waited for our taxi to arrive, I noticed the parking lot was dominated by old vintage cars, and it was fun looking at them.
This is an ideal place for a sun and sand day trip if you’re staying in Cienfuegos, and I highly recommend it for a nice afternoon in a local venue.
Recommended Guide Book For Cuba: Lonely Planet Cuba (Travel Guide)