Holidays in Cayo Levisa

A favourite hideaway of renowned novelist Ernest Hemingway, Cayo Levisa is a tiny tropical paradise offering both thrilling activities and total relaxation with untouched white sand beaches and world-class diving. Plunge into the turquoise waters just off the coast of Cayo Levisa for an up-close look at over 500 species of tropical fish meandering through an exotic black coral reef.

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Renowned American novelist Ernest Hemingway was enchanted with the natural beauty of Cayo Levisa the minute he first set foot on this beautiful cay. In the past 60 years, the little island off of Cuba's north-west coast has lost none of its charm. This colourful tropical hideaway is outlined by pristine white sand beaches, adorned in mangroves, and rimmed by unusual coral reefs teeming with exotic marine life.

Tropical hideaway

About 150km west of Havana, Cayo Levisa is part of the beautiful Colorados Archipelago, a chain of pristine cays hugging Cuba's northern coast. Part of the gorgeous Pinar del Rio province, this gem is tucked away from the Cuban mainland and is only accessible by boat from Palma Rubia. The secluded location of the beach offers visitors privacy and a true sense of escape from the hustle and bustle of the modern world. The good news for budget travellers is that Cayo Levisa is one the Caribbean's most affordable getaway spots, with a small bungalow-style hotel the only permanent structure on the cay. It offers visitors a quaint, low-key sanctuary and all bungalows have uninterrupted sea views.

Back in the 1940s, Hemingway set up a small fishing camp on neighbouring Cayo Paraiso and reportedly made many visits to this delightful tropical retreat. Today, twenty-three diving sites along a 4km stretch of beach ensure that visitors can get an up-close look at the cay's vibrant marine life. Plunge into the turquoise waters just off the coast for to see more than 500 species of tropical fish meandering through the cay's famous black coral reef. It's the perfect spot for diving enthusiasts and even hosts several internationally renowned diving competitions. Snorkelling is also popular here, with many of the reefs accessible from the gently shelving shore.

Natural attraction

The main attraction in Cayo Levisa is, of course, is its natural beauty. Kayak through the serene turquoise waters, take a dive down into the cay's famous black coral reefs, or just kick back and unwind in the sand. Bird lovers will enjoy watching the diverse species of birds that inhabit the cay, including majestic flocks of pelicans. The sublime sunsets on the island are not-to-be-missed, ideally enjoyed from the beach with a cool rum cocktail in hand.

Mangrove forests cloak the south side of the island, making it inaccessible from land, but on the north side visitors will find some of the most pristine virgin beaches in the Caribbean. If you don't have a prearranged tour to the island, it's cheap and easy to arrange passage from Palma Rubia. Most day round-trips include lunch but you can also arrange a return-trip if you wish to stay on the island for longer. Keep in mind that once you are there, you won't want to leave. Stunningly beautiful and remarkably peaceful, Cayo Levisa is the ultimate beach escape.

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