Cayo Las Brujas
Cayo Las Brujas (Witches Island) is a islet of about 7 km2 (2.7 sq. mi) which is part of the "Cayos de Villa Clara" (aka Cayeria del Norte) located north of the Cuban province of Villa Clara. With its neighbors, Cayo Ensenachos and Cayo Santa Maria, Cayo Las Brujas is connected to the main island of Cuba by a 48-km causeway (called pedraplen in Spanish), from the coastal town of Caibarien.
This resort destination is mainly served by the Santa Clara International Airport (Aeropuerto Abel SantaMaria), which is about 110 km away (80 minutes). On Cayo Las Brujas, there’s also a local airport for domestic flights; unfortunately the runway is too short for large aircrafts.
Cayo Santa Maria is only 30 km (as-the-crow-flies) west from Cayo Guillermo and Cayo Coco, two other popular tourist destinations of the King's Gardens archipelago but in the neighbor province of Ciego de Avila. Cayo Santa Maria is a recent tourist destination; the first hotel opened its door in December 2001. About 10 years years later, Cayo Santa Maria had already become the second largest beach destination in Cuba, after Varadero; and its development is still going on!
Services that are currently found on Cayo Las Brujas include: a charter marina, a gas station, a snack bar and a dive center.
At the end of the project, there will be six hotels in Cayo Las Brujas for a total of 2,773 rooms with a small shopping center, "Pueblo La Flor de Sal", It’s obvious that the 10 years of effort required to build the 48-km causeway to link the "Cayos de Villa Clara" with the main island of Cuba was opening the way to make this region an important tourist pole.
Cayo Las Brujas takes its name from an old legend about a young couple whose love was thwarted by a jealous uncle. The superstition has it that the girl was a witch and that she used magic to transform herself into an owl and disappear to escape from her uncle. Other stories are that noises, apparitions and ghosts were being heard and seen at that time in one part of the island.
To learn more about this destination, visit our www.cayolasbrujas.info website, online since 2009. You will find in it everything you need to know to better prepare your trip to Cayo Las Brujas, including information on hotels (current and future), services, beaches, activities, excursions and much more.
Lily & Normand