Cayo Jutías, a paradise for enjoyment and relaxation
By Coco Simpson
The island of Cayo Jutías is located near the Viñales Valley, in the western part of Cuba, on the coast of the municipality of Minas de Matahambre, in front of the Florida Strait and, like the Levisa and Paraíso keys, is part of the Archipelago of Los Colorados, about 175 km west of the city of Havana.
It has an approximate area of 4 km² and a 5,000 meter-long beach on the north coast, while the south is covered with mangroves that enrich its ecological environment, formed by sediment deposits from rivers on the mainland.
Its coasts are strewn with beautiful beaches of creamy-white medium-fine-grained sand, due to abrasive processes in the coral reef itself.
Cayo Jutías is one of the attractions for tourism in the province of Pinar del Río. Several species of endemic birds are part of the fauna of the place, in a relationship that includes the batista hawk, the zunzún and the woodpeckers.
Among the greatest riches of the place is its lighthouse, one of the oldest in the country with a history of over 100 years in the service of navigation.
In its turquoise waters, you can enjoy the Caribbean tranquility and the splendid tropical climate. These are also ideal for scuba diving and snorkeling on coral reefs. Its beach is, without a doubt, one of the main reasons to visit.
It is a paradisiacal beach known by the local inhabitants as the Playa de las Estrellas. A curious fact about this key is that it does not have hotels or hotel infrastructures, since the objective is to conserve and not exploit this natural wonder. Accommodation near this place is in hostels or stay in Viñales and make the journey there.