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Life's A Beach In 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 temperatures at the island's powdery beaches.
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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. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

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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. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

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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. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

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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. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

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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. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

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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. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

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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. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

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In this Aug 10, 2014, photo, people return from the beach in a horse cart 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. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

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In this Aug 10, 2014, photo, people get ready to bathe in the ocean at Guanabo beach on the outskirts of Havana, Cuba, Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014. Each day, and especially on weekends, thousands of Havana residents rise early to make the trek to the country's powdery beaches. Some families squeeze into 1950s classic American sedans. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

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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. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

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In this Aug. 17, 2014, photo, a man sleeps next to his car in the Guanabo beach parking lot, in the outskirts of Havana, Cuba. Many families squeeze into 1950's classic American sedans to make it to the beach in Guanabo, east of the capital. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

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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. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

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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. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

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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. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

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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. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

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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. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

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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. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

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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. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

Life's A Beach In 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 temperatures at the island's powdery beaches.

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