Exceptional luxury at Cayo Santa María

Dream beaches with warm, shallow waters are the main attraction of Cayo Santa María, which with its 13 km2 of surface area has been declared Biosphere Reserve by the Unesco. In recent years, a top-notch tourist infrastructure has been created, which allows for maximum enjoyment of this destination's natural qualities. An impressive highway over the sea bridges the more than 40 km that separate the small island from the settlement of Caibarién, to the north of the central province of Villa Clara.

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Biodiversity, Cayo Santa María - Cuba

Declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, Cayo Santa María boasts a wide variety of fauna, including 10 species that make up the list of the country's endemic groups. Its lush flora includes more than 200 medicinal, timber-yielding, melliferous and ornamental species.

Buque San Pascual, Cayo Santa María - Cuba
Buque San Pascual

Known locally as El Pontón, this ship built from reinforced concrete ran aground in 1933 just off the Cayo Francés. It is treated as one more islet, with an enviable position for appreciating the attractions of the region.

Causeway, Cayo Santa María - Cuba

An impressive stone causeway linking the village of Caibarién with the northern keys. Due to the outstanding achievements in terms of environmental conservation and its construction, the causeway received the Puente de Alcántara Ibero-American Award, the highest accolade ever awarded for Cuban civil engineering.

City of Santa Clara, Cayo Santa María - Cuba
City of Santa Clara

The capital of Villa Clara, the most central of the Cuban provinces. Its geographical location makes it easily accessible from some of the major tourist destinations in the country. Founded in 1689, it was the scene of the final battles which, led by Ernesto Che Guevara, resulted in the triumph of the revolution on 1 January 1959. This was the reason for the construction of the impressive mausoleum which is the resting place for the remains of the legendary Cuban-Argentinean revolutionary and of some of his comrades who fell in Bolivia.

Ernesto Che Guevara Memorial, Cayo Santa María - Cuba
Ernesto Che Guevara Memorial

Erected in Santa Clara, this mausoleum contains the remains of the legendary Cuban-Argentine guerrilla, Ernesto Che Guevara and those of some of his comrades in arms who died in Bolivia. Personal effects that belonged to Che and his comrades during the national liberation war in Cuba from 1956 to 1959 and during the Bolivian 1967 epic are also on display.

Escambray Mountains, Cayo Santa María - Cuba
Escambray Mountains

In the mid-south of the Island, the geography of this mountain mass makes it ideal for trekking, walking and excursions, caving, cycling and horse riding, activities that bring you into contact with the local nature and culture.

Jardines del Rey coral reef, Cayo Santa María - Cuba
Jardines del Rey coral reef

This is the second largest in the world, exceeded only by the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. Its 24 dive sites are ideal for scuba diving and underwater photography.

Marina Gaviota, Cayo Santa María - Cuba
Marina Gaviota

Located on Cayo Ensenachos, it offers various types of fishing, catamaran trips and yacht excursions to explore the nearby keys: Francés, Cobos, Majá, Fragoso, Las Picúas and Español de Adentro, among others. It boasts a modern Dolphinarium/Aquarium which is open all year round and offers a diverse programme of activities, including sea lion and dolphin shows. Visitors can interact and swim with the dolphins.

Tourist villages of La Estrella and Las Dunas, Cayo Santa María - Cuba
Tourist villages of La Estrella and Las Dunas

Blending harmoniously into their surroundings, they recreate the architecture of the country's small inland villages. They significantly enhance the range of services available on the keys, with à la carte restaurants, bars, ice-cream parlour, nightclubs, disco, spa, shops, arts & crafts square, bowling alleys, games rooms, bank, etc.

Town of San Juan de los Remedios, Cayo Santa María - Cuba
Town of San Juan de los Remedios

The eighth town to be established by the Spanish conquistadors in the 16th century, it lies 60 kilometres from Cayo Santa María. Its historical town centre, typically colonial in style, has been declared a National Monument. It has the curious characteristic of having two Catholic churches beside the same park: the Parroquial Mayor (16th century), in a late Baroque style and with a gold-plated altar; and the church of the Buen Viaje, neoclassical, built in 1818. Remedios is famous for its 'parrandas', local festivities with a long tradition.

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