Cayo Santa Maria is located off the north coast of the province of Villa Clara in the central part of Cuba, in the western part of "Jardines del Rey” archipelago, and has been declared a natural monument by UNESCO.
Cayo Santa Maria is a small island with no permanent residents, almost adrift in the Caribbean ocean. It offers everything you would expect from a perfect beach -fine, white sandy beaches, a gentle slope and shallow, crystalline waters, making this little heaven an ideal holiday destination for those looking for romance and relaxation. With a surface of 18 square kilometers, the island is not large enough to be populated, so that visitors who will come here will find themselves in absolute harmony with untainted nature, with gorgeous natural scenery, picturesque panorama and great beaches. Out of the 18 kilometers, eleven are beachside, with fine white sands. UNESCO has declared it a biosphere reserve, as it has a rich bio diversity, among which 10 endemic species. It is home to a large population of birds, including anhingas, seagulls, flamingoes, woodpeckers, hawks and the tocororo, which is the national bird of Cuba. Besides, numerous species of reptiles, amphibious, fish, and mammalian are other inhabitants of the little island.
Moreover, this location is perfect for water sport lovers. You can practice diving and snorkeling here to discover the large variety of fish that swim here or go hiking in the area, as the small islands of Cayo Santa Maria, Majá, Fragoso, Cobos, Las Brujas, Ensenachos, Español de Adentro, Francés, and Las Picúas are linked by a 48-kilometer long road over the sea; furthermore, you can practice catamaran riding, windsurfing, swimming, sailing, deep-sea fishing, speed boat racing, water-skiing, etc. Those who are fond of history can explore ancient caves in the area.
There are three hotels in Cayo Santa Maria: Sol Cayo Santa Maria is the only 4-star hotel here, offering accommodation in 300 rooms; Melia Cayo Santa Maria and Melia Las Dunas are the newest and most luxurious ones, the former with 360 rooms and the best SPA centre you will find in a beach hotel in Cuba and the latter with 950 rooms. All three hotels function on an all-inclusive basis.
Come and discover the sun-haven of Cayo Santa Maria!
By Maria Morari
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Cayo Santa Maria - Welcome to Cayo Santa Maria!
Cayo Santa Maria - Lush vegetation
Cayo Santa Maria - Picturesque landscape
Cayo Santa Maria - Relaxation and cosiness
Cayo Santa Maria - Beach facilities
Cayo Santa Maria - Ideal location for sports
Cayo Santa Maria - Seascape
Cayo Santa Maria - Beach view
Cayo Santa Maria - Great natural setting
Cayo Santa Maria - Crystalline waters
Cayo Santa Maria - Beautiful seascape
Cayo Santa Maria - Splendid panorama
Cayo Santa Maria - Aerial view