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Exploring Cayo Santa Maria, Cuba

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Lapped by the warm turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea and surrounded by thousands of islands and keys, Cuba is naturally gifted with a lush landscape and countless white sand beaches. Most visitors are drawn to the northern Cayos, as the majority of resorts and idyllic beaches are found there. These popular tourist areas were devastated by Hurricane Irma in September 2017, but they are now fully recovered and ready to welcome travellers.

When vacationers have their fill of the beach, what else is there to do for curious travellers? To catch a glimpse of the real Cuba, escape from your all-inclusive paradise and explore what’s around. Here are some of our favourite day trips in and around Cayo Santa Maria.

Excursions around Cayo Santa Maria

Snorkel in Cayo Las Brujas

Teeming with fish and wonderful coral reefs, the Archipelago of Jardines del Rey is one of the best places to observe the underwater flora and fauna. If your resort is located in Cayo Santa Maria, head to Cayo Las Brujas, only 20 km away. This cay is an isolated nook with shallow and crystal clear water, making it an ideal place to experience Cuba’s exotic nature. From the marina Gaviota, set sail on a catamaran for a snorkelling, diving or fishing excursion.

Snorkelling in Cayo las Brujas

Tip: bring your bathing suit and towel. Masks, snorkels and fins are provided on the boat.

 Stroll in picturesque Remedios

If you’re looking for a cultural escape that will take you back in time, head to the tranquil town of Remedios. This unspoiled colonial town is perfect for an afternoon stroll in its colourful streets.  Admire its unique Spanish architectural heritage and do some people watching from a café on Plaza Marti (the central square).

Remidos, Cuba


This town has also some charming hotel boutiques encased in colonial-era buildings, such as Hostal Barcelona. Peek inside to see its antique furniture, beautiful floor tiles and lovely hidden courtyard.

Interior patio of Hostal Barcelona in Remidos, Cuba

For a real Cuban immersion, go to Casa de la Cultura, a cultural centre where locals dance and play music until late at night. If you’re feeling the Latin rhythms, find a partner and learn the steps of Casino (Cuban-style salsa). Cubans’ love for dancing is definitely contagious!

Salsa classes at la Casa de la Cultura, Remidos

Transat resorts in Cayo Santa Maria offer a guided tour of Remedios. The cost is 34 CUC per adult including lunch (price is subject to change).

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