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  • Areas of Natural Interest: Punta Frances

    Areas of Natural Interest: Punta Frances, Isla de la Juventud. Cuba

    • Destination: Isla de la Juventud
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    • Address: Isla de la Juventud. Archipiegalo de los Canarreos. Cuba
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  • Description Areas of Natural Interest: Punta Frances, Isla de la Juventud. Cuba

    The Cuban resort of Punta Frances is on Isla de la Juventud which translates as the island of youth. Isla de la Juventud is the largest of the Cuban islands apart from Cuba itself. The Isla de la Juventud is almost due south of Havana across 60 miles of ocean and has a population of 100,000.

    At one time an American colony, the island was ceded to Cuba in 1907 following the Spanish-American war in the Culture in Punta Franceslate 1890s. The island is rich in pine forests and lumber is one of its main exports with farming and fishing being two of the island’s staple industries.

    Isla de la Juventud has a very attractive climate but is in the hurricane belt. A popular destination for tourists, one of the main resorts is Punta Frances which is in the north west of the island where silver sand meets crystal clear waters. Scuba diving is one of the most popular pursuits in the area and El Ranchón is a local beach restaurant that serves superb seafood.

    The beach is called Latrobe after a French pirate who often plied his trade in the calm waters of Punta Frances. In 1809, Latrobe attacked and captured two Spanish galleons that were laden with gold and jewels. Latrobe buried the massive amount of treasure on the island but was later captured by the United States military and taken to Kingston, Jamaica. The vast amount of treasure has never been found!

    A remote paradise, Punta Frances is popular with the more adventurous tourists. It is off the beaten track but once there, everyone falls in love with the resort, its people and the beauty of the sea. And, perhaps lying in the sand, there may be a gold doubloon or one of the pieces of eight from the Spanish galleons.

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  • Airports next to Areas of Natural Interest: Punta Frances
  • Airports: Gerona Airport

    Gerona Airport

    The airport resides at an elevation of 24 m (79 ft) above mean sea level. It has two asphalt paved runways: 05/23 is 2,500 by 45 metres (8,202 ft × 148 ft) and 17/35 is 1,623 m × 30 m (5,325 ft × 98 ft). Rafael Cabrera Mustelier Airport or Rafael Cabrera Airport[2] (Spanish: Aeropuerto "Rafael Cabrera Mustelier" ) (IATA: GER, ICAO: MUNG) is an airport serving Nueva Gerona, the capital city of the Isla de la Juventud special municipality in Cuba.

  • Museums next to Areas of Natural Interest: Punta Frances
  • El Abra El Abra

    Lat:21.86810   Lon:-82.81690 

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    It is the place where José Martí stayed after the authorities commuted his forced labor…

  • Areas of Natural Interest next to Areas of Natural Interest: Punta Frances
  • Punta Frances National Marine Park Punta Frances National Marine Park

    Lat:21.60840   Lon:-83.18320 

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    It is located in the submarine platform of the southwest of the country, in an area of 17 924 hectares.…

    Punta Frances Punta Frances

    Lat:21.60840   Lon:-83.18320 

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    The Cuban resort of Punta Frances is on Isla de la Juventud which translates as the island of youth.…

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  • Rio Los Indios Rio Los Indios

    Lat:21.688610   Lon:-83.029170 

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    Arroyo la Majagua Arroyo la Majagua

    Lat:21.703060   Lon:-83.035000 

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    Arroyo Itabo Arroyo Itabo

    Lat:21.650000   Lon:-83.000000 

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    Rio San Pedro Rio San Pedro

    Lat:21.600000   Lon:-82.933330 

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    San Pedro River (Spanish: Río San Pedro) is a river in the southwest of Camagüey Province, Cuba. Its…

    Arroyo Pino Arroyo Pino

    Lat:21.827780   Lon:-83.057780 

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    Arroyo de la Ensenada Arroyo de la Ensenada

    Lat:21.820830   Lon:-83.043330 

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    Arroyo Guayabo Arroyo Guayabo

    Lat:21.865560   Lon:-83.030560 

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    Arroyo de las Tunas Arroyo de las Tunas

    Lat:21.600000   Lon:-82.866670 

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    Estero del Capitan Estero del Capitan

    Lat:21.870000   Lon:-83.018610 

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    Rio El Hatillo Rio El Hatillo

    Lat:21.774720   Lon:-82.903060 

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  • Rio Cristal Rio Cristal

    Lat:21.783330   Lon:-82.966670 

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    Rio Santa Barbara Rio Santa Barbara

    Lat:21.816670   Lon:-82.950000 

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    Arroyo Cisterna Arroyo Cisterna

    Lat:21.771940   Lon:-82.896670 

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    Rio Los Almacigos Rio Los Almacigos

    Lat:21.750000   Lon:-82.783330 

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    Rio Frijoles Rio Frijoles

    Lat:21.750000   Lon:-82.766670 

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    Arroyo las Ánimas Arroyo las Ánimas

    Lat:21.850000   Lon:-82.800000 

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    Arroyo Granadillo Arroyo Granadillo

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  • Reservoirs next to Areas of Natural Interest: Punta Frances
  • Presa Cristal Presa Cristal

    Lat:21.790280   Lon:-82.965280 

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    Presa Vietnam Heroico Presa Vietnam Heroico

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    Embalse del Medio Embalse del Medio

    Lat:21.868060   Lon:-82.932500 

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  • Mountain next to Areas of Natural Interest: Punta Frances
  • Loma El Soldado Loma El Soldado

    Lat:21.753610   Lon:-83.036390 

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    Cerro Cristal Cerro Cristal

    Lat:21.766670   Lon:-82.983330 

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    Loma de Maniadero Loma de Maniadero

    Lat:21.616670   Lon:-82.916670 

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    Cerro San Jose Cerro San Jose

    Lat:21.790280   Lon:-82.986390 

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    Cerro de Santa Barbara Cerro de Santa Barbara

    Lat:21.800000   Lon:-82.983330 

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    Pico Ensenada Pico Ensenada

    Lat:21.816670   Lon:-83.000000 

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    Loma la Cañada Loma la Cañada

    Lat:21.716670   Lon:-82.900000 

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    Cerro de San Pedro Cerro de San Pedro

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    Cerro de Mal Pais Cerro de Mal Pais

    Lat:21.733330   Lon:-82.833330 

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    Cerro del Aji Cerro del Aji

    Lat:21.700000   Lon:-82.783330 

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  • Sierras next to Areas of Natural Interest: Punta Frances
  • Loma Siguanea Loma Siguanea

    Lat:21.616670   Lon:-82.966670 

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    Sierra La Cañada Sierra La Cañada

    Lat:21.750000   Lon:-82.950000 

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    Cerros del Monte Cerros del Monte

    Lat:21.700000   Lon:-82.833330 

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    Cerros de La Ceiba Cerros de La Ceiba

    Lat:21.716670   Lon:-82.783330 

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    Sierra de Casas Sierra de Casas

    Lat:21.866670   Lon:-82.816670 

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  • Roads next to Areas of Natural Interest: Punta Frances
  • Camino Santa Fe San Pedro Camino Santa Fe San Pedro

    Lat:21.633330   Lon:-82.850000 

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  • Punta Frances is located in Isla de la Juventud
  • Also called "the island of a thousand names" because of the many names it has had since Christopher Columbus discovered it and called it La Evangelista. The Indians called it Camargo, Guanaja and Siguanea. Governor Diego Velazquez called it Santiago.

    Others have called it Treasure Island (because it was where Robert Louis Stevenson set his famous novel); Cotorras (Parrot) Island, because of the abundance of parrots there; and the Isle of Pines. In the 1970s, because of the many schools in the countryside that were built there, its name was officially changed to Isle of Youth.

    It is the second largest island in the Cuban archipelago (2,357 square km. - 910 square miles). Its many attractions include the Punta Frances National Marine Park, Bibijagua Beach, the Los Indios-San Felipe Natural Preserve, the pictographs in Punta del Este caves, the Colony International Scuba-Diving Center, El Abra Farm and the "Model" Prison.