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Cayo Santa Maria is an island situated in the North of Cuba, and in the west of the archipelago of the Jardines del Ray. The island is only sixteen kilometres long and just two wide, and is now a privileged UNESCO reserve. Its north coast holds its beaches and luxury hotels. The island is literally paradise and makes relaxing fun making it perfect for both couples and families.

It is advised that when visiting Cayo Santa Maria its best to go all inclusive. This is because the island is very small and therefore its hotels cater for this board type and is often a good experience. The food served up in the hotels on this island tend to vary widely often serving up a mixture of ingredients to create favourited dishes such as sushi, fresh pasta to chips and vegetarian and meat specials.

Cayo Santa Maria's main attraction is its picture perfect beach, made up of five sections, all offering something different from swimming to boating to sunbathing. Most of the island's hotels are located in the West section, which are worth a look at just to see how grand they really are. Of course, you main reason for visiting the island is probably to relax, so visiting the YHI spa is a must! The spa specialises in indulging and easing the mind by using treatments such as pebbles, jacuzzis, and corporal detoxes. But here's the real treat... If you've ever thought about swimming with dolphins you can do exactly that at the Acuario Delfinario, the largest dolphinarium in the whole of Latin America.

Location of Cayo Santa Maria

Key Facts

  • Language: Spanish
  • Currency: Cuban Peso
  • Time Difference from UK: -5
  • Flight time: London: 9-10 hours
  • When to go: November to April