Cayo Santa Maria paradise off the northern coast of Cuba has all-inclusive 5-star hotels and is the perfect retreat for a relaxing holiday, with family or if you are traveling alone.
It’s linked to the big island by a causeway on the sea. Nature itself has created the conditions for leisure, including a coral reef that attenuates the force of winds and waves, thus creating a unique environment to welcome thousands of vacationers who visit the region every year to enjoy the beauty of its 11 kilometers of excellent beaches full of hotels and great resort. For those visiting the area, Ensenachos boasts one of the best beaches.
The islet, which was designated a "Biosphere Reserve" by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), is inhabited by a wide range of animals, including ten endemic species.
From Caibarien, a fishermen’s village surrounded by deep waters and home to important lobster farms in Villa Clara province, a road of 48 km built of stones (called pedraplen), connect the main island with the cays Santa Maria, Las Brujas, Ensenachos, Cobos, Majá, Fragoso, Francés, Las Picúas and Español de Adentro, among others.
The province of Villa Clara is located on the central region of Cuban Island, less than 300 km. (185 miles) from Havana, capital of Cuba.
There is an air terminal on Cayo Las Brujas to receive small- and medium-size planes.
Cayo Santa Maria is also home to large colonies of flamingos, seagulls, iguanas, mollusks and the so-called shrike bird. Other birds living on the cay are the Tocororo (Cuban trogon), which is Cuba's national bird, as well as woodpeckers and hawks. Animal diversity is complemented with the region's exuberant flora, made up of 248 species, including 91 medicinal, 72 timber, and 41 resign-producing and 40 ornamental species.
The cay holds remnants of pre-Columbian cultures in caverns near the beaches, which possess beautiful underwater seascapes.
Another singularity of the region is the "San Pascual" boat, which ran aground near Cayo Frances almost 70 years ago, and has become a naval rarity, since it was made of reinforced concrete in San Francisco, California, in 1920. Also known by the local people as El Ponton, many consider the ship another islet. It offers vacationers the amenities of its 10 cabins and an enviable location to enjoy the region's attractions.