Cuba's tourist attractions, represented in traditional sun and beach options, culture and traditions, also find space in the islets and cays that make up the Cuban archipelago.
In the case of the western region, the province of Pinar del Rio offers a wide range of options, including Cayo Levisa, which is off the north coast and is part of the Los Colorados Archipelago.
Three kilometers of excellent beaches and 23 diving sites are integrated into the alternatives of that islet, which is accessed by boat from Palma Rubia pier, on a journey that extends for about 30 minutes.
Diving programs are based on the existence of one of the largest coral reefs in the world, with about 500 species of fish, 200 of sponges and varieties of mollusks, crustaceans, gorgonians and other marine animals.
Furthermore, in depths ranging from three to 40 meters, structures of star and brain corals, sea fans, gorgonians and numerous fish like grouper, snapper and crustaceans can be found.
Additionally, the region is inhabited by trigonias, which are considered the oldest living fossils in Cuba, and there are wrecks from the 17th and 18th centuries, all accessible and of archaeological interest.
Diving in the reef is backed by world-class experts who monitor and guarantee the divers' safety.
In addition, courses are organized for expert divers from around the world, thus contributing to promoting the attractions of the region in the tourism industry.
In the vicinity is the key Mégano de Casigua, once a regular haunting area for US writer Ernest Hemingway, who christened it with the name of Paraíso (Paradise).
The main attractions in the latter are concentrated in an excellent beach about 500 meters long, which offers magnificent sea bottoms for diving, privacy and serenity.
Its history is related to the late Nobel Literature Prize novelist, who used to visit and spend long hours at the site.
Also in the Los Colorados Archipelago is Cayo Jutía, easily accessible through a five-kilometer road over the sea and offering a beach area that is 5,000 meters long.
That way, the Cuban tourism industry offers sites that have been barely touched by human hands and enclose a unique natural wealth, which adds elements to diversify the recreational options.
Undoubtedly, Cayo Levisa honors the tradition of the province regarding nature tourism, which is gaining ground in the preference of tourists.