Santa Maria Key, Villa Clara. Cuba
- Destination: Villa Clara
- Open: Daily
- Address From: Cayo Santa Maria. Villa Clara Province, Villa Clara. Cuba
Description Cuban Keys: Santa Maria Key, Villa Clara. Cuba
This is the biggest of the main three islands in the area, with a surface of 18 square kilometers and the longest beach line that stretches for 10 kilometers. The waves are bigger compared to the other two islands as this one is more exposed to the streams of the Atlantic Ocean. This location is perfect for water sport lovers. There are three hotels in Cayo Santa Maria. Sol Cayo Santa Maria is the only 4 star property and it has 300 rooms in total. Melia Cayo Santa Maria and Melia Las Dunas are the newest and most luxurious ones. Melia Cayo Santa Maria has 360 rooms and it also has the best SPA centre you will find in a beach hotel in Cuba. Melia Las Dunas is another 5 star hotel in Cayo santa Maria and it opened its doors in early 2007. This is the biggest of all with 950 rooms, 1 buffet eatery, 7 a la carte restaurant, 4 cafeterias and 4 snack bars. This hotel is very suitable for families traveling with children as it has the best kids club in the area. All Hotels in Cayo Santa maria are on all inclusive basis
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Santa Maria Key is located in Villa Clara
To the north it limits with the Atlantic Ocean; to the west with Matanzas; to the south with Cienfuegos, and to the east with Sancti Spíritus provinces. This is Villa Clara, a destination with more than 800 000 inhabitants in a territorial surface of 7 943 , Km². You can reach it by plane through the airport of the provincial capital and the one in Cayo Las Brujas, both for medium and small size airplanes.
By road you can get here through the National Freeway and the Central Highway. The city of Villa Clara opens up to tourism with a solid proposal supported by the virginity of its keys, more than 17 , Km of paradisiacal beaches and its historical-cultural patrimony that enhances all the natural attractiveness of the territory.
Among the main exponents we have Ernesto Che Guevara Memorial where the Heroic Guerrilla fighter's remains rest next to those of his comrades from Bolivia. The monument depicting the derailing of the Armoured Train, a place linked to the Cuban recent history, is another of the places related to the figure of Che.
Places such as La Caridad Theatre, National Monument and a symbol of Cuban neoclassical architecture, the existence and permanency of one of the oldest universities in Cuba, Leoncio Vidal Park, the boulevard, José Martí Library and the Museum of Decorative Art, are cultural emblematic places of the city. Next to it, we have the city of Remedios, the eighth village founded by the Spaniards in the Island and where the Parrandas de Remedios, one of the oldest popular festivities in Cuba, are originated. In this city there is also located the biggest Parochial Church (16th century) with its Baroque altars laminated in gold, it is the most valuable exponent in the city, where the famous musician Alejandro García Caturla was born.
On the north coast of the province, Santa María, Las Brujas and Ensenachos keys are located, well-known as La Rosa Blanca de Jardines del Rey, deal for the practice of diving. A travel around the spa of mineral-medicinal waters of Elguea and a boat ride on the great artificial lake, a stay in Villa La Granjita, and a typical Cuban lunch Black River at Villa Clara's Escambray, are options to keep in mind for those who arrive to the most central province in Cuba.
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Santa Maria Key
Cayo Santa Maria, Cayo Ensanachos and Cayo Las Brujas are part of the Cayos de la Herradura, which is a group of islands. Of all the islands in the Key, Cayo Santa Maria is easily the largest, with a 10 kilometre stretch of beach. Cayo Santa Maria Beach is located off the coast of Villa Clara, slightly to the north of the province, whilst Villa Clara and Cayo Santa Maria are separated from each other by the Buena Vista Bay. The distance between the mainland and this beautiful beach is around 30 kilometres. Surrounding Cayo Santa Maria, are hundreds of small islands with secluded beaches that are ideal day trip destinations for visitors looking to enjoy a private picnic or romantic getaway. There are many activities available at the Cayo Santa Maria and if you are looking for a relaxing beachside holiday or if you want to indulge in adventure sports during your stay, this beach resort Cayo Santa Maria beachhas something to offer everyone. Cayo Santa Maria Beach is an excellent location for diving, snorkelling, fishing and water sports. Getting to the Cayo Santa Maria Beach is possible via the causeway that connects the mainland to the Cayo Santa Maria. On the drive to the island, visitors will be able to enjoy beautiful ocean views and see exotic birds from the nearby islands.
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Cayo Santa Maria
Called "the white rose of the Jardines del Rey Archipelago" , Santa maria is the last and largest of the cayos. Together with Las Brujas and Ensenachos Cayos, it is linked to terra firma by an impressive stone causeway. Santa Maria is 5 square miles (13 square km) in size. It has over six and a half miles (11 km) of beaches of excellent quality, plus a wealth of flora and fauna which can be seen during excursions inlands There is a scuba-diving center with 24 well-chosen diving sites, so you can outfit yourself and see agreat variety of coral and fish in its clear water and virgin seabed. Las Brujas is a tiny islet whose fine white sand, dazzling sea and untouched nature make its visitors feel like Robinson Crusoe. It has over a mile of virgin beaches. Its singlestory cabanas built of a cliff are linked with one another and with the social areas by wooden bridges, so the local animals-which are entirely harmless-can be move around freely. On both Cayos are large numbers of endemic plants and animals.