Camaguey, Relic of Cuba’s Central Region
By Rose Ross
Camagüey is the largest province in Cuba, located in the central part of the island. Equally extensive are the charms of its surroundings, little known with respect to its historical and patrimonial treasures.
The natural beauties found there remain practically uknown when compared with other values such as its personalities, architecture and big jars.
This province has the second largest coral reef in the world, surpassed only by the Great Barrier Reef of Australia. Camagüey’s northern coastline, less than two kilometers north of the provincial capital, you find Santa Lucía beach. Along this coral reef, there are several sites where you can see ships sunk in the 19th century.
For its part, the Hoyo de Bonet is a geographical accident located in the Sierra de Cubitas. It is a karst depression that reaches about 300 meters in a circumference and about 80 meters deep, whose hill is covered in its interior with vegetation: giant ferns, mushrooms and leafy trees.
The Cangilones of Máximo River are another geographical feature made up of limestone rocks that cover about 350 meters along this stream, converted into natural pools used as spas. At the mouth of the river there is the largest nesting reserve of pink flamingos in the Caribbean, which ranks among the largest in the world.
Camagüey has the largest number of keys and islets in the country. If we add to that the coasts of the island of Cuba itself, it will not be strange to know that it is the queen of Cuban beaches, with more than 120 kilometers, a quarter of the total number of beach kilometers that exist in the archipelago.