Cayo Santa Maria
Stay: Angsana Cayo Santa Maria (5 nights)
A small, seductive isle connected to Cuba's northern coast via a 30-mile-long, mangrove-lined causeway, this tiny charming island paradise – part of the Jardines del Rey archipelago – is home to eight miles of glorious white-sand beaches; shallow, clear waters; stunning natural scenery; and an abundance of diverse wildlife. Outdoor adventurers can snorkel or dive the coral reefs (which rival those of Australia); or hike on Cayo Santa Maria, Majá, Fragoso, Cobos, Las Brujas, Ensenachos, Español de Adentro, Francés and Las Picúas. Water-lovers can windsurf, swim, sail, go speedboat-racing or water-skiing. And history buffs will love the ancient caves and nearby Santa Clara's memorial museum, built in tribute to Che Guevara.
Angsana Cayo Santa Maria
There’s really only one place to stay for a little luxury in Santa Maria, and this beachfront, adults-only paradise – set amidst a UNESCO ecological treasure trove – is it.
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