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A Recreational Option in Central Cuba

The Cuban archipelago, which is an excellent place for tourism in its different modalities, promotes offers for leisure in specialized events for the most diverse public.

In that regard, the International Tourism Fair (FITCuba) stands out, and its 38th edition focuses on central Cuba, with emphasis on Cayo Santa María and the province of Villa Clara.

With an area of 18 square kilometers and at least ten kilometers of beaches, the islet is a major option in the Cuban tourist agenda, as it is easily accessible by a causeway on the sea.

For holidaymakers, there are beaches with suggestive names such as Perla Blanca, Las Caletas, Cañón and Cuatro Puntas, which are complemented by an environment that invites tourists to enjoy a refreshing swim in the sea.

For those who visit the area, Cayo Ensenachos has the best beaches, although its small extension limits the development program to a maximum of 600 rooms.

To the above are added facilities such as a terminal and airstrip in Las Brujas to receive small- and medium-size ships.

Nature itself has created the conditions for leisure, as there is a coral reef that mitigates the force of the winds on the beaches and prevents the unpleasant swells, so it is a unique scenario ready to welcome thousands of vacationers every year.

As a complement, Villa Clara is called to become a tourist corridor, based on the execution of seven hotels in the municipalities of Santa Clara, Sagua la Grande, Camajuaní, Remedios and Caibarién.

Several theaters, commercial centers, gastronomic establishment and cultural facilities are also being built, and recreational facilities and buildings of high heritage value are being remodeled.

In addition to the enjoyment offered by the sun and the beaches, the keys are ideal sites for scuba diving and snorkeling, yacht excursions and other nautical activities, as local tourism authorities propose more than 30 recreational options of different types to travelers.

Cayo Santa María is also considered an ecological destination, and due to its exuberant vegetation and importance, the islet was declared a Biosphere Reserve by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

In addition to this, there are vestiges of pre-Columbian cultures in caves near the beaches, accompanied by beautiful underwater landscapes to the delight of divers.

The province has facilities to preserve the flora and fauna, with 248 plant species, 91 of which are medicinal, 72 are timber trees, 41 honey producers and 40 are ornamental.

A system of canals turn the region into a true water maze between the keys, while offering enormous potential for tourist programs like bird watching and nautical activities.

Four- and five-star hotels are available on Cayo Santa María, which has become a fast-growing tourist destination.

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