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How to Go from Trinidad to Playa Ancon [+ Playa Ancon to Trinidad]

Playa Ancon Beach is just a short distance away from the colonial town of Trinidad.  At Playa Ancon you’ll find all-inclusive hotels here, white sand beaches, turquoise blue water, snorkeling, and diving opportunities too.  And as this glorious beach is such a short distance from Trinidad it’s almost a waste not to come here if you’re visiting the town.  Just because it’s close, though, doesn’t mean that it’s a simple journey, it’s Cuba, and of course, you have options.  Keep reading for all the details of how to get to Playa Ancon from Trinidad.  This guide covers going from Trinidad to Playa Ancon and back again.

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The Best Way to Go to Playa Ancon

The most enjoyable way to go to Playa Ancon from Trinidad is to take a classic car trip. You can prebook and prepay on a card and enjoy the trip and day!

Where is Playa Ancon?

The Ancon Peninsula is located around 12 km (7.3 mi) from Trinidad and 375 km (232.5 miles) east of Havana.  It’s located on the Ancon Peninsula.  With all-inclusive hotels, coral reefs, and dive sites it’s a great day out from Trinidad and an escape from the heat of the city.   The beach here is 4 kilometers (2.5 miles) long.  To get to Playa Ancon from Trinidad you’ll pass through the lovely and quiet village of La Boca, which has some of its own beaches too. Heading to Playa Ancon from Trinidad is one of our top day trips from Trinidad, you can read about the others here.

How to Go from Trinidad to Playa Ancon

In this guide on how to go from Trinidad to Playa Ancon, we’ll cover the most convenient way to go from Trinidad to Playa Ancon, the cheapest way to get to Playa Ancon from Trinidad, as well as the most iconic way to get to Playa Ancon from Trinidad.  Playa Ancon is one of the top beaches in Cuba – and you can read about the other in our guide to Cuban beaches here.

4 Ways to Get from Trinidad to Playa Ancon (and Back)

For transport from Playa Ancon to Trinidad, then you have 4 options.  You can rent a bicycle from your casa particular and cycle to Playa Ancon.  You can take a taxi to Playa Ancon from Trinidad or you can take a return classic car trip to Playa Ancon.  There is (sometimes) a Transtur bus from Trinidad to Playa Ancon.

1. The most iconic way to go from Trinidad to Playa Ancon

The most iconic way to travel to Playa Ancon from Trinidad is to go in a classic Cuban car.  You should be aware, however, that this will not be as comfortable as a modern car and it may not have air conditioning.   This pre-bookable classic car transfer means that you won’t need to pay cash (read about currency and cash in Cuba here)

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2. Taxi from Trinidad to Playa Ancon

If you want to take a taxi to Playa Ancon from Trinidad then you’ll need to arrange it ahead of time.  The best place to ask is around the Viazul Bus station, and also at your casa particular.  A taxi to Playa Ancon from Trinidad will take about 15 minutes.  Be sure if you’re planning on taking the taxi back that you arrange a time for them to take you back.

3.  Rent a Bicycle in Trinidad and Cycle to Playa Ancon

This option will give you a bit more exercise too.  You may be able to rent bikes in Trinidad and cycle to Playa Ancon.  Ask your casa particular about bike rental, if they don’t have anything then they will find someone who does. Alternatively, you can try Hostal Victor, they usually have bikes for rent.

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Once you’ve agreed on a price, then check the bike over before you set off.  Make sure everything is working.  If you break something on the bike while you have it then you will have to pay for it.

It will take about 40-45 minutes to cycle to Playa Ancon from Trinidad.

4.  Transtur Bus from Trinidad to Playa Ancon

The Transtur bus starts from the Hotel Maria Dolores, Trinidad, and makes stops at Playa La Boca, Bar Las Caletas, and Hotel Costasur, Trinidad, and finishes at the Hotel Trinidad del Mar.   Check at the Hotel Maria Dolores for ticket availability.

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The quickest way to get from Trinidad to Playa Ancon

The time it will take you to get to Playa Ancon from Trinidad depends on where you are staying in Trinidad.  The quickest way is to take a direct transfer or taxi, it takes about 30 minutes to drive to Playa Ancon from Trinidad, depending, of course, on where you are staying in Playa Ancon.  You can book a private transfer from Trinidad to Playa Ancon here.

The easiest way to go to Playa Ancon from Trinidad

The easiest way to get from Trinidad to Playa Ancon is to take a pre-booked transfer.  There’s no need for cash for this (apart from tips for your driver – you can read about tipping in Cuba here).  You’ll be able to prebook and prepay online using your card.  And you’ll get a car that picks you up from your casa particular or hotel and also waits for you to bring you back from Playa Ancon to Trinidad when you’re done.

The cheapest way to go from Trinidad to Playa Ancon

The cheapest way to get to Playa Ancon from Trinidad is to rent a bicycle and cycle.  You could, of course, also walk, the road isn’t busy.  You’ll need to check the availability and costs of bicycles with your casa particular in Trinidad.  Try doing this ahead of time to see if it is a possibility.  It might not be.

FAQs on travel from Trinidad to Playa Ancon

Got questions about going from Trinidad to Playa Ancon? Or want to know more about how to go to Playa Ancon from Trinidad and we haven’t answered your questions?  Check out our frequently asked questions about transport between Trinidad and Playa Ancon below, or ask us yours in the comments.

How much does a taxi from Trinidad to Playa Ancon cost?

You’ll pay around US$10 for a taxi from Trinidad to Playa Ancon.  However, fuel shortages and inflation being what they are you should check locally as soon as you can.  You should check with the driver if you’re negotiating what currencies they will accept. 

Where do I get a taxi from in Trinidad?

The best way to find a taxi in Trinidad is to ask your casa particular or hotel to arrange one for you.  Confirm when asking what the price will be beforehand.  And then reconfirm when you get in the taxi.

Final Words on How to Go from Trinidad to Playa Ancon

Going to Playa Ancon from Trinidad is an easy trip to take.  This is a short distance, but it isn’t a route that many locals take, so you’ll want to arrange your transport in advance.  Your options are to rent a bike, to arrange a taxi through your casa particular, or to take a pre-booked classic car trip.  Enjoy!

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