Holidays in Cayo Santa Maria

With its first resort opened in late 2001, Cayo Santa Maria has a much shorter history with tourists than many comparable spots in Cuba. That said, the picturesque island off of Cuba's northern shore has developed quickly! Nowadays it has become the second-largest draw to tourists in the region after Varadero, home to eleven beautiful resorts and counting. Read on to find out what's drawn so many visitors to the island so quickly.

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For years, Cayo Santa Maria was an uninhabited cay reachable only by boat. Its unspoiled natural beauty was a thing of legend-and the Cuban government knew that it would be a fine spot for tourists if only it were more easily accessible.

Flash forward to 1999, when a massive ten-year project to construct a 48-kilometre causeway from the mainland was finally complete. Now Cayo Santa Maria was easily reached by tourists, and the resort boom began.

The comparably modern resorts of Cayo Santa Maria are some of Cuba's most luxurious, but they don't sacrifice the affordable prices that have made the island's all-inclusive options famous around the world. And with projects including a golf course and a water park in the works, this highly-developed but still tranquil island likely has a future as Cuba's prime tourist destination.

Natural Beauty

As with the rest of the Jardines del Rey archipelago, Cayo Santa Maria's primary draw is its simply beautiful natural attractions. The island is part of the UNESCO-recognized Buenavista Biosphere Reserve, and all resort and attraction construction is undertaken with the island's nature in mind.

The beaches of Cayo Santa Maria feature some of the finest sand in all of the Caribbean, and a walk up the cay's 15+ kilometres of beach feels like silk beneath your feet. Though the beaches in front of the major resorts tend to be somewhat crowded, Cayo Santa Maria is also home to one of Cuba's finest still-unspoiled beach spots. Simply head east until the road ends and then follow the dirt path to Playa Perla Blanca-the appropriately-named White Peal Beach-and you'll find true serenity waiting within your reach.

A Wealth of Other Attractions

Though the beaches are the prime draw here, Cayo Santa Maria is additionally popular because it offers visitors the chance to get off the beach and enjoy a wide variety of other activities.

Reachable by foot, bicycle, taxi, or shuttle bus is the island's Pueblo la Estrella-not a "town" in the general sense of the word but rather a tourist village full of all the amenities you'd expect from a modern holidays spot. Looking for upscale seafood, Japanese, Italian, or traditional Cuban cuisine? You'll find it here. Want to purchase local handicrafts or do a bit of upscale boutique shopping? You'll find that too. Are you looking for a family-friendly location? You'll have it here. Want to hit the gym, the spa, tennis courts, water sports, or even go bowling? Check, check, and check!

Cayo Santa Maria additionally features a fine dolphinarium - particularly popular with kids - while a full-blown water park is currently being constructed for the whole family to enjoy together as well. These amenities and many more solidify Cayo Santa Maria's reputation as one of Cuba's most modern and well-rounded resort areas for visitors of all ages.

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