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Las Brujas: Nature and Legends

The development of tourism Central Cuba, which is full of attractions, is focusing on the northern keys, where there are several kilometers of excellent beaches and a pristine environment.

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

In that group of islets, Cayo Las Brujas (6.7 square kilometers) stands out, due to its natural value, great beauty and seduction, especially its long beaches of crystal-clear water and beautiful sea bottoms.

Legends are also present, as its name is linked to histories of ghosts, noises and apparitions that circulated among local residents, although other stories refer to the love encounters between a fisherman and a beautiful young woman.

Other stories link those characters with the protection of fishermen, making the biggest fish bite the bait, wins to blow the sails and the worst storms to go away for everyone's sake.

Among the key's main tourist attractions are 2.4 kilometers of beaches of breathtaking beauty, crystal-clear water and fine white sand, in addition to beautiful sea bottoms where the shades of green and blue provide several contrasts.

Villa Las Brujas. Cabanas
Villa Las Brujas. Outdoor view
Villa Las Brujas. Panoramic view

The shell-shape beaches provide excellent conditions and good potentialities for tourism, mainly for those who like to enjoy the sun and the beach.

Cayo Las Brujas also has a marina that offers tourists great opportunities to practice scuba diving and snorkeling, as well as other nautical sports, considering the huge potential of the region for such activities.

As an additional element, the region holds the ship San Pascual, which ran aground near Cayo Francés and has become a naval rarity, as it was made of concrete in 1920 in shipyards in San Francisco, California.

Also known by local residents as El Pontón, many consider the ship another key that offers tourists the facilities of a dozen cabins and an excellent location to enjoy the region's attractions.

Fishing can be practiced on motor boats in channels that are up to 10 meters deep, where the most abundant species are shads, red snappers, groupers, albacores, dorados and sea bass, among others.

Precisely, that islet holds the villa of the same name, located in Punta Periquillo, near a broad strip of sand that is nearly two kilometers long. The villa was built on pillars on top of a cliff.

There is an airport nearby that can handle small- and medium-size planes, thus providing easy access to vacationers.

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