Playa Santa Lucía

Santa Lucía beachLocated nearly 112 km. northeast of the central province of Camagüey is one of the longest Cuban beaches with 20 km. These sandy beaches of perfectly transparent, warm waters are protected by the coral reef on the Atlantic, second in size only to the Australian one. This reef stretches west parallel to Sabinal, Guajaba, Romano and Cruz Keys, reaching Varadero.

Exactly in front of Santa Lucía is the reef’s closest point to the main island, less than 200 meters away from the shore. That’s why it’s an excellent area for diving. More than 50 coral, 200 sponges and about 500 tropical fish species, besides 27 sunken ships can be seen at this unique, amazing submarine environment.

Diving in Santa LucíaThe diving zone spreads for 5 km. and is limited by the Lavanderas Reef to the east and Playa Bonita to the west, comprising La Boca, a semi isolated peaceful spot, next to the access channel to Nuevitas Bay and very close to a picturesque fishermen’s town. That area has 37 diving spots, averaging between 5 and 40 meters of depth. The immersions include visits to where the sunken ships lay, inhabited by many kinds of fish and mollusks.

Among the most attractive immersions are the ones at Cueva Honda, 32 km. deep. This is a breathtaking cave which shelters tarpons and big groupers. At a depth of 27 meters there are two sunken ships: Motera and Nuestra Señora Virgen de Altagracia. The first was a 19th century Spanish merchant shipwrecked in 1896 at the entrance of the Nuevitas Bay channel. Colourful coral fish and big snappers, groupers and shoals of jacks inhabit it. The second one, a steel tugboat, dating back to the early 20th century, in perfect condition, located next to a wall dropping straight into the abyss. Inside and around it rove numerous fish.

View of Santa Lucía beachSanta Lucía can be reached by road from any place in the country, although most of the foreign visitors now arriving there make it by way of the Ignacio Agramonte International Airport at Camagüey.

In a wholly preserved environment, with an average temperature of 25,6 °C, limpid waters and fine white sand, beaches such as Amigos del Mar, Residencial, Tararaco and La Boca are also found.

Hotels in this beach

Hotel Oasis Brisas Santa Lucí­a     4 stars

Brisas Santa Lucí­a hotel is at the north of Camaguey, specifically in Santa Lucia’s beach, and just a few meters of the impressive coralline barrier that harbours the north coast of this county. With 4 stars' category and Mega All-Inclusive plan, this hotel is especially designed for family enjoyment with special programs for children that include children’s club, games area and specialized entertainment activities, in turn, it facilitates the practice of diving and some other nautical sports, as well as the full enjoyment of the natural wealth of the environment.

Prices Form:     € 48 (per room/night)

Hotel Club Amigo Mayanabo     3 stars

Club Amigo Mayanabo hotel, with 3 stars category and All-Inclusive plan, is located at Santa Lucia’s beach, internationally well known by its beauty. It is surrounded of a beautiful natural environment with numerous gardens and a welcoming surroundings.

Prices Form:     € 40 (per room/night)

Hotel Club Amigo Caracol     3 stars

Club Amigo Caracol, located at Santa Lucia’s beach, an snorkeler’s paradise! A short distance from the second largest coral reef in the world, Santa Lucia also boasts a beautiful stretch of beach from which to enjoy water sports or perfect your tan.

Prices Form:     € 45 (per room/night)