Cayo Santa María

Cayo Santa María beachThe province of Villa Clara is located on the central region of the Isle of Cuba, less than 300 km. (185 miles) from Havana, Cuba’s capital.

From Caibarién, a fishermen’s village surrounded by deep waters home to important lobster farms, a 48 km. road built of stones (called pedraplén), stretches across the sea, linking the main island with keys like Santa María, Las Brujas (which has a small airfield), Ensenachos, Cobos, Majá, Fragoso, Francés, Las Picúas and Español de Adentro, among others.

This important engineering work has 45 bridges to allow the exchange of tidal waters. It’s a very nice ride across this pedraplén because the visitor may see species like sparrow hawks, pelicans, oldsquaws and the astonishing pink flamingos.

Flamingos The northern keys have several kilometers of excellent beaches and an almost virgin environment. They also constitute a true natural reserve (Fauna Reserve of the Northern Keys) for a unique kind of hutía (cane rat), and a meeting place for flamingo colonies. Besides there are endemic species of lizards, mollusks and birds like the one called arriero, along with a flora comprising 248 species, 91 of them medicinal, 72 timber-yielding, 41 honey-producing and 40 decorative. 29 of them are endemic.

In this key can be seen tocororos (Cuba’s national birds having the colors of its flag), corúas, woodpeckers and sparrow hawks, as well as deer, various kinds of hutías, among which the hutía of Cayo Fragoso stands out, and the blue lizard of Cayo Santa María.

Cayo Santa MaríaIn the keys belonging to the reserve can also be found caves near the beaches, where visitors have the opportunity to see remnants of the island’s pre-Columbian cultures.

As to the sea bottom, west of Cayo Santa María the combination of a rocky seabed with coral reefs lessens the impact of the wind, keeps the beaches from heavy waves and acts as a shelter for dozens of exceedingly beautiful species, making it and ideal site for diving and submarine photography.

All this features have made of these keys one of the most exotic places in the Caribbean. Some of them have been designated Protected Areas and one of them, Cayo Santa María, a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO.

beach Popularly baptized as the white rose of the Jardines Del Rey (King’s Gardens) it stretches for just 13 km., almost all of them consisting of matchless beaches of very fine white sand, quiet, limpid, crystal-clear waters. It has a coral barrier that reduces the effect of the wind on the beaches, keeps heavy waves at bay and allows a wide variety of species to inhabit the bottom of its sea. These features also make diving and submarine photography extremely attractive.

This key its home to the famous cave known as Pelo de Oro (Golden Hair), named after a local legend about a coalman from Canary Islands that once dwelt on this cavern and had a daughter whose blond hair earned her this nickname. Archeology can be practiced in this area, as well as in La Cueva del Muñeco (in neighboring Cayo Ensenachos). Caimán Grande’s Lighthouse is also worth visiting.

Hotels in this beach

Hotel Islazul Elguea     3 stars

Standar Room

The Hotel & Spa Horizontes Elguea is on the Northern coast of the province of Villa Clara. This hotel is very famous for its medical and therapeutic services.

Prices Form:     € 33 (per room/night)

Hotel Meliá Cayo Santa María     5 stars

Hotel Melia Cayo Santa María

In this heavenly small island of the North cays of Cuba is erected the Meliá Cayo Santa María hotel in the central province of Villa Clara. The hotel is an all- inclusive five stars offer with 360 rooms to enjoy in family or in couple, the perfect complement for unforgettable vacations.

Prices Form:     € 109 (per room/night)

Hotel Sol Cayo Santa María     4 stars

Flamencos Bar

In the paradise Santa Maria Cay, Sol Melia Cuba has an offer for you, which is the four stars all-inclusive hotel Sol Cayo Santa Maria with 300 rooms. It is the ideal place to relax for those who like to enjoy the bottom of the sea or make trips around the channels formed by the surrounding cays of this wonderful tourist destination of Cuba. Enjoy unforgettable vacations together with your family in the beautiful Santa Maria cay.

Prices Form:     € 83 (per room/night)

Hotel Meliá Las Dunas     5 stars

Hotel Melia Las Dunas

Meliá Las Dunas Hotel, a 5-star All-Inclusive property, is located on a pristine stretch of beach in beautiful Cayo Santa Maria. Ideal for those in search of of a sun and sand holiday for the whole family, weddings, honeymoons, events and incentive segments of the market, it is perfectly integrated with its natural surroundings. The hotel offers varied recreational activities for all the members of the family.

Prices Form:     € 113 (per room/night)

Hotel Barcelo Cayo Santa María     5 stars

Hotel Barcelo Cayo Santa Maria

NEW BARCELO HOTEL IN CUBA!!! The Barceló Cayo Santa María Hotel is surrounded by beautiful white-sand beaches, bathed by Cuba’s clear, turquoise waters. Offering a complete all-inclusive package and 624 comfortable junior suites for couples or families, this 5-star hotel is the ideal place for your holiday.

Prices Form:     € 131 (per room/night)