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Cuba: Small Spaces for Tourism

Cuba, which is full of natural, historic and cultural attractions for tourism, complements its offers with options in dozens of islets that make up its archipelago.

The Caribbean island is surrounded by some 200 bays, 2,000 keys and islets and offers 588 kilometers of beaches that have been classified according to their relevance for tourism.

In that environment, tourists are especially interested in the keys, including the archipelagos of Las Coloradas and Sabana-Camagüey or Jardines del Rey in the north, and Jardines de la Reina and Los Canarreos, in the south.

The best tourist options can be found on Cayo Coco (Jardines del Rey), Cayo Largo del Sur and smaller keys such as Cayo Santa María, Las Brujas, Ensenachos or those near Punta de Hicacos.

Cayo Coco and Cayo Guillermo are under exploitation in Jardines del Rey, and there are plans to improve conditions on the keys Providencia, Caoba, Sabinal, Guayaba, Romano, Paredón Grande and Antón Chico.

The strategy to boost tourism is also aimed at the northern keys, which hold several kilometers of excellent beaches and a nearly-pristine environment.

Santa María Key.
Paraíso Beach.

A 48-kilometer causeway over the sea connects the main island with the keys Santa María, Las Brujas, Ensenachos, Cobos, Majá, Fragoso, Francés, Las Picúas and Español de Adentro, among others.

South of the island of Cuba is Cayo Largo del Sur, one of those peculiar sites exclusively devoted to tourism, with 24 kilometers of excellent beaches of fine white sand and crystal-clear water.

There, tourists can enjoy such beaches as Sirena, which runs along two kilometers, Lindamar, Paraiso and Los Cocos. The latter was named after the many coconut trees that grow there.

The name of Cayo Largo del Sur, located on the east tip of the Los Canarreos Archipelago, responds to its elongated shape. The key was inhabited by aborigines, as remains and artifacts from the Siboney culture have been found in that area.

In eastern Cuba, especially in Holguin, tourists can visit Cayo Saetía, which is located at the entrance of the Bay of Nipe and is considered Cuba's largest game preserve.

Cayo Saetía has an area of 42 square kilometers and half of its surface is covered by forests, which are a safe haven for white-tail deer, zebras and antelopes.

Crystal-clear waters, fine white sand and a rocky shore provide a singular attraction to the islet's 12 beaches.

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