Keeping cool is serious business: Cubans trek to beach to cool offLoading
  • Cuba On The Beach
    In the long, sticky Cuban summer, keeping cool is serious business. Each day, and especially on weekends, thousands of Havana residents rise early to make the trek from rural hamlets and stuffy urban neighborhoods for the more forgiving atmosphere at the island's powdery beaches. In this Aug. 10, 2014 photo, a man holds an umbrella in place to shade as his family takes a dip in a river near the beach on the outskirts of Havana, Cuba.
    Ramon Espinosa | AP
  • Cuba On The Beach
    Temperatures in the capital can reach as high as 87 degrees Fahrenheit in July and August, with humidity hovering above 80 percent. When it's running, many people take a special summer train from Havana to Guanabo, east of the capital. Some families squeeze into classic American sedans from the 1950s. Neighbors pool their money and hire a bus to travel en masse. Others clamber onto covered horse-drawn carriages that take them a few miles down a dirt track to the coast for just 2 pesos a head, or about $0.08.
    Ramon Espinosa | AP
  • Cuba On The Beach
    Once there, some recreate their dining rooms in the sand underneath makeshift tarpaulin shelters, with wooden chairs and tables topped by pots of rice and beans. There are cakes to celebrate birthdays, and barrels of ice to keep drinks cold.
    Ramon Espinosa | AP
  • Cuba On The Beach
    In this Aug 17, 2014, photo, a man with a tattoo on his arm of revolutionary hero Ernesto "Che" Guevara walks along the beach with his daughter on the outskirts of Havana, Cuba. Cuba's Meteorological Institute said recently the island had recorded its third-hottest July since 1951, including unusually warm mornings, weak sea breezes and relatively scarce rains that provide at least temporary relief from the suffocating weather.
    Ramon Espinosa | AP
  • Cuba On The beach
    In this Aug 23, 2014, photo, beach goers ride a bus on the return trip back to Havana after spending the day at Boca Ciega beach on the outskirts of Havana, Cuba. Each day, and especially on weekends, Havana residents pool their money and hire buses to travel to the beach en masse.
    Ramon Espinosa | AP
  • Cuba On The beach
    In this Aug 10, 2014, photo, people travel in a horse carriage to the beach on the outskirts of Havana, Cuba. Vacationers clamber onto covered horse-drawn carriages that take them a few miles down a dirt track to the coast for just 2 pesos a head, or about $0.08.
    Ramon Espinosa | AP
  • Cuba On The beach
    In this Aug 23, 2014, photo, people enjoy the cool waters of the Caribbean spending the day at the beach on the outskirts of Havana, Cuba. In the long, sticky Cuban summer, keeping cool is serious business. Cuba's Meteorological Institute said recently the island had recorded its third-hottest July since 1951.
    Ramon Espinosa | AP
  • Cuba On The Beach
    In this Aug 10, 2014, photo, a man plays volleyball on the beach smoking a cigar in Matanzas, Cuba. In the long, sticky Cuban summer, keeping cool is serious business.
    Ramon Espinosa | AP
  • Cuba On The beach
    In this Aug 23, 2014, photo, people try to keep their drinks out of the water while they are swept by a wave while bathing in the ocean on the outskirts of Havana, Cuba. Each day, and especially on weekends, thousands of Havana residents rise early to make the trek to the country's powdery beaches.
    Ramon Espinosa | AP
  • Cuba On The beach
    In this Aug 23, 2014, photo, people enjoy the cooling waters of the Caribbean, while spending the day at the beach on the outskirts of Havana, Cuba. Cuba's Meteorological Institute said recently the island had recorded its third-hottest July since 1951.
    Ramon Espinosa | AP
  • Cuba On The Beach
    In this Aug. 9, 2014 photo, people spend the day at the beach, seen through the windshield of a vehicle, on the outskirts of Havana, Cuba.
    Ramon Espinosa | AP
  • Cuba On The beach
    In this Aug. 23, 2014, photo, a food vendor walks into the water looking for customers at the beach of Boca Ciega on the outskirts of Havana, Cuba. Competition is stiff amongst the many beach vendors, selling anything from pork rinds and cigarettes to soft drinks and beer.
    Ramon Espinosa | AP
  • Cuba On The Beach
    In this Aug 23, 2014 photo, a person waves along with other waiting on the bus to return home after spending the day at the beach on the outskirts of Havana, Cuba.
    Ramon Espinosa | AP
  • Cuba On The Beach
    In this Aug 9, 2014, photo, a Cuban mariachi band does a brisk business along the shore of Boca Ciega beach on the outskirts of Havana, Cuba. They roam the white sand serenading young lovers and sweet -15 "quinceaneras" every Saturday and Sunday at the beach.
    Ramon Espinosa | AP
  • Cuba On The Beach
    In this Aug 10, 2014, photo, several couples relax on the water drinking a rum and chatting at the mouth of a river on the outskirts of Havana, Cuba. As dusk nears, couples sit in the shallows sipping rum and enjoying a romantic sunset snog.
    Ramon Espinosa | AP
  • Cuba On The beach
    In this Aug 23, 2014, photo, a drawing of a shark is seen in the sand of Boca Ciega beach on the outskirts of Havana, Cuba. Each day, and especially on weekends, thousands of Havana residents make for the country's powdery beaches.
    Ramon Espinosa | AP
  • Cuba On The Beach
    In this Aug 11, 2014, photo, people carry a plastic inflatable pool on the roof of their car on their way back home from the beach on the outskirts of Havana, Cuba. Each day, and especially on weekends, thousands of Havana residents rise early to make the trek from rural hamlets and stuffy urban neighborhoods for the more forgiving climes of the country's powdery beaches.
    Ramon Espinosa | AP
  • Cuba On The Beach
    In this Aug 17, 2014, photo, people walk towards the beach after leaving the train that brought them from the capital to a nearby beach of Havana, Cuba. Many Cubans take the special summer train from Havana to the beach in Guanabo, east of the capital.
    Ramon Espinosa | AP
  • Cuba On The Beach
    In this Aug 10, 2014, photo, youngsters prepare to jump from the of old railway bridge into the Matanzas river mouth, in Matanzas, Cuba. Daredevil teenage boys leap from a rusty, 30-foot-tall railroad bridge, yelling encouragement to each other.
    Ramon Espinosa | AP
  • Cuba On The Beach
    In this Aug 17, 2014, photo, a young man jumps from the top of old railway bridge into the Matanzas river mouth in Matanzas, Cuba. Daredevil teenage boys try to impress girls by leaping from the rusty, 30-foot-tall railroad bridge.
    Ramon Espinosa | AP
  • Cuba On The Beach
    In this Aug 10, 2014, photo, people return from the beach in a horse cart on the outskirts of Havana, Cuba.
    Ramon Espinosa | AP
  • Cuba On The Beach
    Soon enough it's time to go home. One man carries his daughter on his shoulders. It's a long way back, and she's tuckered out after a long day in the sun. In this Aug 9, 2014, photo, people ride on horseback while others bathe in the cool Caribbean waters of Mi Cayito beach, on the outskirts of Havana, Cuba. As dusk nears, couples sit in the shallows sipping rum and enjoying a romantic sunset song.
    Ramon Espinosa | AP
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