Cayo Santa Maria, Cuba

A paradise of pristine beaches
and endless turquoise waters
in the Jardines del Rey archipelago


This site is online since spring 2002. Hundreds of web pages and thousands of photos, is THE most visited website about this sunny destination in Cuba. All you need to know about hotels, beaches, excursions, services and more!

Cayo Santa Maria is a small island (sixteen kilometers long and two kilometers wide) located in the Bahia de Buena Vista, off the north coast of the main island of Cuba, in the « Jardines del Rey » archipelago. The King's Garden has been declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO.

Cayo Santa Maria is located thirty kilometers west of Cayo Guillermo and Cayo Coco (two other very popular destinations in the area of the Jardines del Rey archipelago).

We visited the « Isla Grande » several times, and we know very well that great and safe destination. For this reason, we have a large collection of websites on almost all tourist centers in Cuba. Our most popular sites are this one followed by Cayo Coco, Holguin and Cayo Largo.

Recently we have updated the satellite images with new images of the Eastern area of the island. The purpose is to help you locate the islands of Cayo Santa Maria as well as its neighbor Cayo Ensenachos. We have updated all the hotels.

The Cuban President Raul Castro announced on October 22nd, 2013 the beginning of the process that will put an end to the two currencies circulating for 19 years on the island. More information in the coming weeks!

Since 2013 there is a new Spanish hotel chain in Cuba, Eurostars Hoteles. All about its first hotel in Cuba ... Eurostars Cayo Santa Maria.

The Barcelo Cayo Santa Maria Beach Colonial is no longer administered by the Barcelo group. In July 2012, they left Cayo Santa Maria. The hotel will now administered by HUSA hoteles group. The HUSA Cayo Santa Maria.

The island is connected to the main land by a forty-eight kilometers long causeway (called Pedraplen in spanish). The construction of this dike started in 1989 by « Campaña de las villas ». The beaches and hotels are all located along the North coast of Cayo Santa Maria. The south is made of marshes and mangroves.

It is important to know that the sea in Cayo Santa Maria is often rough with high waves. It is not unusual to see red flag at the beach of Cayo Santa Maria. If you are looking for calm sea, you should consider Cayo Ensenachos, Cayo Guillermo, Cayo Coco or Varadero. These islands (not Varadero) are also in the King's garden. The gems in Cuba! We have websites about these destinations and a lot more! The beaches in Cayo Ensenachos are the most beautiful in whole Cuba, Playa Ensenachos and Playa Megano.

Cayo Santa Maria's main attraction is its magnificent beach. There are approximately 13 km of beach, not in one stretch. It is the perfect place for walkers, swimmers in pristine turquoise waters or just to relax under the sun!

Most of the hotels are located on the longest stretch of beach (6 km) called Playa Santa Maria. There are hotels under construction in the Eastern area of Cayo Santa Maria. The latest one to open its door is located in Playa Piedra Movida, the Eurostars Cayo Santa Maria.

The tourism industry started in late 2001 with the opening of the first hotel, the Sol Cayo Santa Maria. To learn more about the history of the island, visit the historia section of our site. We were there during first weeks of the opening of the hotel and at that time it was unique ... km of virgin beaches!

Since then several resorts have opened. Despite this development, Cayo Santa Maria remains a safe and quiet little island. Click to see the growing numbers of rooms on the island since its debut in 2001. In a short time, Cayo Santa Maria became the second tourist hub of Cuba, after Varadero.

Several projects are under development on the island and the surrounding area. For more information on hotels and services to come, visit the project section of our site. A golf course and a water park should be built on the island.

It is obvious that the ten years required for the construction of the causeway to connect Cayo Santa Maria to the main land were not for a single hotel. Keep in mind the future American tourists will require many rooms after lifting the embargo since 1962.

The land and hotels in Cayo Santa Maria are property of the Cuban government, as well as all hotels in Cuba. In Cayo Santa Maria the properties belong to the Gaviota Cuban Group, but joint ventures and administation contracts are given to international hotel chains (such as Melia Hotels International, HUSA hoteles, Eurostars & Blue Diamond) to help manage, promote and expand tourism in Cuba.

Tips? Pesos? Money exchange? Electricity? Customs? Formalities? etc... We invite you to visit our website to learn what you should know efore a trip to Cuba.

Normand & Lily


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Holguin is the name of the province of Cuba. A good choice of hotels, beaches and countryside excursions