Santa Lucia Beach Beaches, Camaguey. Cuba
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- Santa Lucia. Camaguey, Cuba
- Destination: Camaguey
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Located nearly 112 km. northeast of the central province of Camagüey is one of the longest Cuban beaches with 20 km. These sandy beaches of perfectly transparent, warm waters are protected by the coral reef on the Atlantic, second in size only to the Australian one. This reef stretches west parallel to Sabinal, Guajaba, Romano and Cruz Keys, reaching Varadero.
Exactly in front of Santa Lucía is the reef’s closest point to the main island, less than 200 meters away from the shore. That’s why it’s an excellent area for diving. More than 50 coral, 200 sponges and about 500 tropical fish species, besides 27 sunken ships can be seen at this unique, amazing submarine environment.
Diving in Santa LucíaThe diving zone spreads for 5 km. and is limited by the Lavanderas Reef to the east and Playa Bonita to the west, comprising La Boca, a semi isolated peaceful spot, next to the access channel to Nuevitas Bay and very close to a picturesque fishermen’s town. That area has 37 diving spots, averaging between 5 and 40 meters of depth. The immersions include visits to where the sunken ships lay, inhabited by many kinds of fish and mollusks.
Among the most attractive immersions are the ones at Cueva Honda, 32 km. deep. This is a breathtaking cave which shelters tarpons and big groupers. At a depth of 27 meters there are two sunken ships: Motera and Nuestra Señora Virgen de Altagracia. The first was a 19th century Spanish merchant shipwrecked in 1896 at the entrance of the Nuevitas Bay channel. Colourful coral fish and big snappers, groupers and shoals of jacks inhabit it. The second one, a steel tugboat, dating back to the early 20th century, in perfect condition, located next to a wall dropping straight into the abyss. Inside and around it rove numerous fish.
View of Santa Lucía beachSanta Lucía can be reached by road from any place in the country, although most of the foreign visitors now arriving there make it by way of the Ignacio Agramonte International Airport at Camagüey.
In a wholly preserved environment, with an average temperature of 25,6 °C, limpid waters and fine white sand, beaches such as Amigos del Mar, Residencial, Tararaco and La Boca are also found.
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Santa Lucia Beach is located in Camaguey
Camagüey is the birthplace of some of the most relevant personalities of Cuban Culture: Nicolás Guillén, Cuba's Laureate Poet; writer and poetess Gertrudis Gómez de Avellaneda; Ballet of Camagüey, the second company of Cuba, and the Folkloric Dance Group; famous painters Fidelio Ponce de León and Flora Fong are only some of the examples worth mentioning. Popular festivities like the San Juan Camagüeyano, a traditional festival that started in the 18th century, have transcended until our days.
Camagüey City, the capital of the province, treasures one of the most important historical centers in the country, recently declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO; and is one of the Cuban cities that better preserve the Hispano-Arabic features regarding urbanism and architecture. Its several churches have significant examples of the art and religious-funeral customs of colonial times.
Santa Lucía Beach, located in the northern coast of the easterncentral part of Cuba, is the main tourist destination in Camagüey province. It has some 21km of warm transparent water, fine white sand and a well preserved environment that serves as habitat to important pink flamingos' colonies. It faces the Old Channel of Bahamas, surrounded to the east by Las Tunas province; to the west by the Jardines del Rey archipelago and to the south by the flat lands of Camagüey. The coral formations, located just 2km off the coast, display a surprising biodiversity that invite to contemplate the undersea beauties. There are 35 diving points at Santa Lucía Beach that allow divers meeting with the remains of sunken ships from the 19th and 20th centuries as well as enjoying a curious show in which experienced guides feed with their bare hands friendly sharks near the Nuevitas Bay.
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Santa Lucia has 13 miles (21 km) of wide, white-golden sandy beaches bathed by warm turquoise water that is always calm, thanks to an extensive coral reef just a mile and a quarter (2 km) from the coast. This reef is the longest one of its kind in the western hemisphere. The hollows and branches of these coral formations from the habitat of a surprising diversity of marine life.
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