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Cuba: The Path to Diversification

The strategy to develop tourism in Cuba, supported by the country's nature, sun, beaches, adventures, culture and history, involves the diversification of recreational places.

Cuba's major tourist destinations are complemented by the attractions arising from its islets and keys that are integrated into the national geography.

Indeed, the reality of nature and the environment is appreciated on the keys, with their beauty and variety of possibilities for active rest while boating.

Among the most favorite destinations are Jardines del Rey (Cayo Coco, Cayo Guillermo, Cayo Romano and others), Cayo Largo del Sur, Santa María, Levisa, Paraíso (Cayo Mégano de Casiguas), Jutias, Sabinal, Caguama, Cantiles and Granma.

In the west is Cayo Levisa, an islet of 250 hectares that is located some 6.7 kilometers from the north coast of the western Cuban province of Pinar del Río, in the Gulf of Mexico.

Three kilometers of excellent beaches and 23 sites dedicated to diving make Cayo Levisa an excellent place for diving enthusiasts, thanks to the transparency of its waters and the existence of one of the largest coral reefs in the world.

Cayo Saetía. Cabanas
Cayo Saetía. Zebras

Likewise, the corals are home to some 500 species of fish, 200 of sponges and sufficient varieties of crustaceans, mollusks, gorgonians and other marine animals.

Jardines del Rey, which was named by Spanish conquistador Diego Velázquez to honor King Ferdinand the Catholic, groups several keys with tourist potential in the Sabana-Camagüey archipelago.

Cayo Coco is the main axis in the area, and was named after the Coco or Forest Ibis, a white bird with a curved beak.

Other keys are Cayo Guillermo and Paredón Grande, included in the tourist development plans with a potential of up to 22,000 rooms.

That destination in the eastern Cuban province of Holguín, involved in a strategy of expansion, reserves for visitors the incredible attraction of Cayo Naranjo and the surprise of an aquarium in the middle of the sea.

Located in the bay of the same name, the center has access only through fast boats that transport visitors from the nearby coast, called by the delight of contemplating the most diverse marine species and even enjoying a refreshing swim with some of them.

Trained dolphins offer incredible shows of skills and share the sea with those tourists who are willing to take the adventure, to provide an image where dances, jumps and fast movements.

Meanwhile, in Villa Clara, a 48-kilometer-long causeway over the sea links the main island of the Cuban archipelago and the keys of Santa María, Las Brujas, Ensenachos, Cobos, Majá, Fragoso, Francés, Las Picúas and Español de Adentro, among others.

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