Cayo Santa María: The white rose of Cuban keys
With approximately 5 800 kilometers of coastline, the narrow configuration of the Cuban archipelago allows the ocean to never be too far, no matter where you are. Cuba and the sea have an indissoluble relationship, which goes beyond physical contact and is manifested in the flavors of delicious dishes made with fish and seafood; the worship of the Yoruba Orisha Yemayá, goddess of this element; the sunrises and sunsets in city piers; the songs that remember him; the fortifications that face its waves and the natural disposition of each Cuban to enjoy a day at the beach at any time of the year. The beaches – whose total length exceeds 590 kilometers – are highly valued by visitors who seek the true soul of the island. Among the most famous, are those located in the north where Cayo Santa María emerges as the travel destination that you cannot miss if you need leisure and relaxation. It is called “the white rose of the Jardines del Rey” for some reason, don’t you think? Turquoise waters, pure sands, seagulls, foam, conches, palm trees, sunsets … can you imagine it? More than 20 excellent beaches are there to enjoy and we warn you that it is not an easy choice. Perla Blanca, Madruguilla, Las Caletas, Las Gaviotas, Cañón Beach, Matamoros Beach … For the more passive travelers, services such as sun loungers, food and drinks will be offered in some of them; We recommend to adventurers to explore the beaches with virgin areas where human activity is still incipient. Of course, they all have in common the transparency of their waters – it is possible to see fish and crustaceans without any effort, only entering a few meters from the shore – the pleasant temperature that invites you to dive and the almost total absence of obstacles such as rocks or reefs. The latter is due to the action of winds, whose invariable direction causes the shock of the waves on the coast and the consequent formation of sands when the eroded rocks disappear. Interesting, right?
Once on the beaches of the key, you should try new activities. What do you think of snorkeling? Several excursions will take you to enjoy the most impressive underwater landscapes; And if you dare with diving you will not regret it, really. The Jardines del Rey have a coral reef recognized as the second largest in the world, and the International Diving Center offers courses and packages certified by professional instructors, which can be your door to a truly fascinating world. Take the opportunity!
Sports options such as sailing, sustainable fishing with the catch-and-release philosophy, catamaran trips are also available … all with the sea as the blue host!
Ideal to enjoy with family, friends or as part of a romantic trip, the “white rose” offers you again its thorn less petals and perfume. Don’t stop imagining it! Once in Cayo Santa María, the beach will be part of you. And you will undoubtedly be part of the beach!