Boca de Camarioca is a small fishing village in the province of Matanzas located at the Camarioca River. It is a climate, calm place for travelers willing to escape from popular tourist spot – Varadero. This is a perfect place to see the authentic Cuban neighborhood and to hang out with locals.
There is a small beach with stunning white sand and blue water. You can relax and find yourself. Discover a little peninsula which leads to the volcanic stones. Feel the morning breeze, watch the fishermen coming back from the Ocean. In the evening, get the spot on the beach or on the parking next to it to enjoy amazing sunset. All locals park their cars and motorbikes here, getting the best view of sun going down.
AROUND BOCA DE CAMARIOCA
It is relaxing and an easygoing place which makes you spend an amazing weekend away from a hassle and bustle of a city. However, if you feel like you would like to explore more surrounding areas, I can recommend the Playa Coral. It is a very popular spot for snorkeling and diving enthusiasts, located 10 km away from Boca de Camarioca. If you have your own snorkeling equipment, you can easily access the water from the small beach, set on the west side from the main entry. The coast has a nice collection of corals, and large variety of fishes. The visibility is pretty good. After the snorkeling, relax under the shadow of umbrellas located at the beach and get a delicious piña colada served inside the coconut. If you prefer to rent a full equipment and a guide, head to the Fauna and Flora Reserve. The entry costs $10, and includes entry to the government protected section of Playa Coral, guide and a gear. If you don’t have your snorkeling mask with you, and you want to do snorkeling by your own, you can easily rent a gear in the Laguna de Maya, entrance costs $2. However, rather than snorkeling, I would recommend diving there. Snorkeling with a group of people, stick to each other doesn’t seem to be lots of fun.
Another worth visit attraction around Boca de Camarioca is the Saturn Cave with natural pool. The enormous stalagmite cave is 12 km length and 22 m depth. The best part is that – you can do snorkeling and diving here! Or just enjoy the cool water, taking a swim in the cave pools! Remember to arrive to the cave early because the natural gem attracts lots of visitors.
WHERE TO STAY
There are plenty of casas de particulares, where you can stay with a Cuban family and know better the Cuban culture. The casas are located around the Camarioca river and through the coast. I would like to recommend one friendly and welcoming family, which made my stay even more pleasant and relaxed. The name is Hostal Lourdes Leo, ask locals about the way. There are two houses independent from each other, so you will have your private space. The lovely lady will explain you everything about Boca de Camarioca and surrounds. The casa is located around 5 min walk from the Ocean and 30min by taxi or bus to the famous Varadero.
HOW TO GET THERE
Boca de Camarioca is situated about 30min drive from Varadero. You can easily get there by local bus or taxi colectivo. If you are in Havana, take the Viazul bus which is the most common transport in Cuba. The bus runs 4 times per day and costs $10.