Holidays in Santa Lucia
With over 20 kilometers of stunning, white sand beach and one of the island's most colorful offshore reefs, Santa Lucia has everything you need to immerse yourself in the nature of the tropics. Add just a handful of simple but charming hotels into the mix, kick back, and enjoy! Whether you're on a budget or you just prefer the simple things, Santa Lucia is the ideal spot for a no-frills Cuban beach vacation.
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Enjoy the vibrancy of Havana, the heritage of Trinidad and the serene seaside beauty of Varadero
- Enjoy colonial grandeur in Trinidad and soak up the local time-warped atmosphere
- Bask on the glorious Varadero beach at a luxury, adults-only all-inclusive resort
- Stay in Havana's most highly rated hotel, with an iconic location facing Parque Central
Some 110 kilometres from the city of Camaguey on Cuba's northern shore sits the tiny tourist centre of Santa Lucia-and if you've never heard of it, we can't blame you. There's not much going on here, but that's exactly what makes this place so enchanting. Once you get away from your hotel, you won't find much beyond the occasional grazing animal and the area's famous flamingos.
That is, at least above water. Santa Lucia is also famous for its diving and snorkelling options. Just two kilometres offshore sits what is most likely the world's second largest coral reef, offering a wide variety of options for divers of all skill levels.
Santa Lucia's resorts are simpler than those of Cayo Coco, another popular all-inclusive area with comparable amenities and surroundings. That being said, the options here are generally cheaper as well. If you plan to spend more time on the beach and in the water than in your hotel room, Santa Lucia might be the ideal Cuban beach resort option for you!
With the exception of Varadero, Santa Lucia is home to the longest continuous beach found anywhere in Cuba. At nearly 21 kilometres in length, and home to only four hotels, you won't be fighting the crowds here.
The sand in the Santa Lucia region is primarily composed of limestone, meaning that the golden-white beach remains cool even in the hot sun. And thanks in part to the large offshore reef, Santa Lucia's turquoise water is nearly always tranquil and ideal for a pleasant swim.
Whether you're an experienced long-time diver or you've just decided that you need to get off the beach for a bit, a visit to Santa Lucia isn't complete without a trip-or many trips-to the area's offshore coral reef.
Home to over 30 established dive sites including 19th and 20th century shipwrecks, there's an option here for all tastes and interests. And even if you're not interested in a dive, there are several parts of the reef fully accessible by a simple snorkel. If you can swim, you can experience one of the world's premiere natural wonders!
Though most of what goes on in Santa Lucia revolves around the beach and the water, there are other activities to participate in here as well.
Bicycles are available at every Santa Lucia hotel, and they're an excellent way to explore the beaches and even the small nearby town of La Boca. Additionally, if you're looking for a new angle from which to enjoy the beach, consider taking a horseback ride. Your hotel staff would be happy to help you arrange this!
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