Holidays in Cayo Largo

If you're intrigued by Cuba's natural beauty and low prices but have no interest in the main island itself, Cayo Largo is probably the destination for you. An unsettled islet before the resorts appeared, today no Cubans live here permanently. Regardless, modern Cayo Largo is slowly growing into one of the nation's major tourist draws, especially for those free spirits who enjoy lounging on the beach and "baring it all."

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Experience the iconic sights of Havana followed by a relaxing Cayo Largo stay

Experience the Iconic Sights of Havana Followed by a Relaxing Cayo Largo Stay

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Stay in the Miramar district of Havana in order to discover true Cuba and then head to the beach to stay at Playa Blanca Hotel

  • Playa Blanca Hotel is at a wonderful location on the virgin beaches of Cayo Largo, protected by coral reefs
  • Couples can enjoy some extra privilages at the Miramar which include: private check-in, a welcome cocktail, a turn down service and a 10% discount for massages
  • Both hotels have an excellent array of restaurants and bars with fresh, local cuisine food
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Prior to the late 1970s, the picturesque Caribbean cay of Cayo Largo was completely uninhabited-it had long ago acted as an occasional refuge to marauding pirates, but not much else. But then the Cuban government had an arguably brilliant idea-to take what was without a doubt one of the country's most breath-taking natural environments and build a tourist destination from the ground up.

And build they did. Nowadays there are eight major resorts spanning the island's 70 or so square kilometres, and more may be on the way. There's even a touristic "village" located on the island's western tip, consisting of not much more than restaurants, shops, a bank, and a museum.

Regardless, Cayo Largo is still very far away from what most visitors would consider "built up". In fact, if you're looking for some of the world's most beautiful, unspoiled beaches still within the reach of modern conveniences, Cayo Largo is one of the best destinations anywhere to be found. Read on to understand why in a bit more detail:

Postcard-Perfect Beaches

Have you ever seen a postcard image of a Caribbean beach and thought, "no place like that could exist in real life"? Well, as it turns out, Cayo Largo is one of those places-and yes, it does exist!

White limestone sand remains cool even in the hot sun, and generally it is packed quite firmly to allow for easy walking up and down the island's shores. Over 25 kilometres of beaches line this tiny cay, and shuttle services are offered to tourists hoping to get away from their hotels for the afternoon. This means that a visit to Cayo Largo means an opportunity to enjoy some of the world's most beautiful natural surroundings in complete serenity.

As a matter of fact, its most famous beach of Playa Paraiso has been named the third most beautiful in the world, scoring high on TripAdvisor´s list of “Top 25 Beaches – World”. As this recognition is voted for by travellers themselves, there´s no doubt that there´s more to this blessed enclave than glossy retouched pictures on travel brochures. It´s even more spectacular in real life than on pictures – don´t take my word; go see for yourself!

You should also know that many visitors take advantage of this to get back to nature in their own way-via nudity. Clothing-free beach lounging on Cayo Largo is permitted in designated areas by the resorts as well as on the island's more isolated beaches. Feel free to participate, but if it's not your style at least come mentally prepared!

A Natural Wonderland

Besides the beaches themselves, Cayo Largo offers some incredible opportunities to experience unspoiled Caribbean nature. The air here is absolute full of bird life ranging from elegant cranes to flamboyant flamingos to miniscule hummingbirds. The sounds of these creatures flapping all around you will remain in your subconscious long after your trip.

Offshore coral reefs also offer myriad opportunities to get to know marine life via both scuba diving and snorkelling, but you don't even need to leave the beach for the wildlife to come to you. The island is famous for its summer influx of nesting sea turtles, and the opportunity to witness this natural phenomenon has become one of the island's greatest draws.

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