Ancon & Maria Aguillar
In addition to its beautiful natural surroundings and colonial appearance, Trinidad is located by the sea, which has two excellent beaches: Ancon and Maria Aguilar, Ancon Beach is just a little over 7 miles (12 km) from the city. It is two and a half miles (4 km) long, with white sand and green-blue water. Its seabed is ideal for scuba diving.
The Ancon Peninsula is bordered by a narrow shelf of sandy bottom, with colorful patches of coral, ridges up to 16 and a half feet (5 meters) high, tunnels and other features. It has 21 scuba-diving sites, where you can see concentrations of Black Coral (Antipathes spp.), a wide variety of sponges, gorgonians, Common Sea Fans (Gorgonia spp.) and many kinds of colorful fish.
Location and how to get there
The Ancon Peninsula is slightly over 7.5 miles (12 km) from Trinidad 232.5 miles (375 km) east of Havana, in the middle of the country). Modern roads link the city to the city of Sancti Spiritus, capitol of the province of the same name, and to the city of Cienfuegos 25 miles or 40 km away. A large part of the road to Cienfuegos hugs the coast and offers some beautiful views. There are three national airports in Sancti Spiritus Province. The one serving Trinidad handles the most flights-of small and medium sized planes-and links that city with other important tourist resorts in the country.
What to do
Activities include lazing in the sun, swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving and other water sports; seafaris and excursions to nearby cays; deep-sea and bottom fishing; tours of the oldest part of Trinidad and of its surrounding area, including Sugarmill Valley and Topes de Collantes, in a large area of parks and natural preserves; excursions to Cienfuegos; visits to beaches along the road to that city; and trips to other tourist resorts in the archipelago.
For evening entertainment, there are many recreational options which can be combined with the offers in Trinidad.