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Havana’s Beach 16

Havana’s Beach 16 / 14ymedio
Posted on February 2, 2016

14ymedio, Havana, 2 February 2016 — There has never been a beach, but a
piece of coast full of pieces of concrete. However, this part of the
Havana coastline that everyone calls “Playita 16” (Little Beach 16) is a
place filled with memories for several generations of Cubans. Free,
ugly, and lacking services and bathrooms, this conjunction of rock
and sea has witnessed rockers, frikis, emos, the poverty-stricken and
countless couples in love.

At a time when most of the social centers along the western coastline
were for the military or people associated with institutions, this was a
place for teenagers looking for a little piece of they didn’t
find at home or at . There were frequent raids and the vans
“loaded with people” heading to the closest police stations. It was also
a departure point for dozens of during the Rafter Crisis of
August 1994.

Today, despite competition from other meeting sites such as G Street and
the emergence of a nice scene beyond the state establishments, Playita
16 has managed to preserve its status as a “place for everyone.” Nothing
in it infrastructure has improved and at night, the regulars complain,
“you can’t see your hand in front of your face.” But none of that
discourages those who frequent it. Of course, to swim there you have to
wear shoes, taking care at the edge of the reef, and keep a sharp eye on
your towel because of the ever-present thieves.

Source: Havana’s Beach 16 / 14ymedio | Translating Cuba –

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