Take one tiny coral isle fringed by a talcum-white beach and lapped by warm turquoise waters. Build a smattering of cabins. Add shady palm trees and a twice daily ferry service. And there you have it – all the ingredients for a perfect tropical paradise. The 30-minute boat ride from the lonesome wharf at La Palma Rubia is well worthwhile. The prize? Three kilometers of white sand and sapphire water that earmarks Cayo Levisa as Pinar del Río’s best beach. With its wonderful reef corals and fish, it’s ideal for snorkelling. And if you want seclusion, we suggest that you make the 45-minute trek to Starfish beach. It’s the ultimate in isolated beach settings and perfect for a beach barbecue, Robinson Crusoe style. Just don’t forget to book ahead as Cayo Levisa is understandably popular.