Holidays to Cayo Santa Maria whisk you off to a sleepy island retreat, where the beaches are flawless and the snorkelling rivals Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.
An untouched island
Anchored 100 miles off the north coast of Cuba, Cayo Santa Maria has all the castaway credentials. It’s part of the Jardines del Rey archipelago, which is formed of hundreds of keys and islets. Although it feels a million miles away, getting there is really easy – a manmade causeway links the resort to mainland Cuba.
Fit for a king
Jardines del Rey literally means Gardens of the King, and it certainly is a place that’s fit for royalty. The beaches offer up pristine white sand and clear, turquoise waters. In Cayo Santa Maria alone, there’s a whole eight miles of shoreline to stretch out on.
The world’s second largest barrier reef lies beneath Cayo Santa Maria’s waters, so the diving is off-the-scale. In some parts, you can see aquarium-worthy critters right off the beach. Set off on an organised dive trip and you’ll come face-to-face with turtles, sail-shaped angelfish and two-metre-long barracudas.
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