Cuba, Unique and Authentic
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The geographical location of Cuba—to the south of the Tropic of Cancer and bathed by the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean—has favoured a tropical climate suitable for long stretches of sunshine and beach. With surprising natural scenery, the Cuban archipelago is characterized by its fertile and evergreen surface. Its image from above resembles a long green lizard properly located in the middle of the surrounding blue.
Cuba is an eternal summer, with mild and pleasant temperatures; this climate has brought about a varied flora and fauna; a diverse terrain; high numbers of endemic species and an excellent conservation rate for terrestrial and marine animal and plant species.
The Cuban archipelago is constituted by the island of Cuba, the Isla de la Juventud (The Island of Youth) and more than four thousand islets and keys, grouped into four distinct island groups: The Colorados, Sabana-Camaguey ─originally named Jardines Del Rey (King’s Garden); Los Canarreos and Jardines de la Reina (Queen’s Garden).
BEACHES OF CUBA
More than three hundred natural beaches encircle the island, some of them small and intimate, others open and spacious. Some border mountains, others have impressive cliffs. All of them are always warm, clean, safe and have clear waters and seabeds laden with natural attractions.
Blues and aqua-greens complement each other on both coasts of the Greatest of the Antilles. Sand type varies greatly depending on location. There are golden beaches, grey beaches, white beaches and coppery beaches but regardless their colour they are always a cozy and pleasant place to lie and enjoy the sun, bringing back home an authentic souvenir: the tropical tan that so many people seek after they set foot on this authentic island.
Among the most beautiful can be found at María La Gorda in Pinar del Río, Playas del Este in Havana, Jibacoa in Mayabeque, Varadero in Matanzas, Rancho Luna in Cienfuegos, Ancon and María Aguilar in Trinidad, Santa Lucía in Camagüey, Guardalavaca and Esmeralda in Holguín, Marea del Portillo in Granma, Maguana at Guantanamo and the beaches of the Cuban Keys Safe and serene, Cuban beaches are genuine places to live under the Caribbean’s shelter any day of the year. A range as diverse as the landscapes that surround them is part of their uniqueness.
Sand strips of various hues, a shore conducive to take the tropical sun and seabeds that invite scuba diving make them very attractive places. All these qualities located on an island whose warm weather and charm enchant the visitor.
Do you need any more reasons to enjoy the marvellous summer in Cuba?
BEACHES OF THE CUBAN KEYS
Few places in the Caribbean exhibit such beauty and colourful beaches as the keys and islets scattered around the Cuban mainland.
These small archipelagos are part of Cuba’s great natural wealth.
Their locations are privileged, some in the Caribbean and others in the Atlantic Ocean, all of them have a gift that captivates: long beaches of white sand and a sea meandering between blue and aqua green. Secure, remote and quiet, with attractive landscapes and seabeds conducive to water sports, these shores get the visitors who discover them excited.
Cayo Levisa, Las Brujas, Ensenachos, Santa María, Coco, Guillermo, Paredón Grande, Sabinal, Saetía and Cayo Largo are some of these amazing pieces of land that seem designed to enchant. As authentic as the nearby mainland, Cubo’s cayos are divine places full of unusual surprises—a natural world that inspires and encourages life.
DIVING IN CUBA
The Cuban insular platform treasures submarine sea beds catalogued between the most varied on the planet, a fact which was recognized by Jacques Ives Costeau in 1992 when he participated in the IV Underwater Photography World Championships. The coral reef, for which the Sabana-Camagüey archipelago stands out in the north is the most extensive in the western hemisphere. The best equipped points of the platform allow shallow diving and snorkeling.
The Cuban archipelago has more than 500 immersion sites distributed in important areas: María La Gorda, Cayo Levisa, Havana, La Colonia, Cayo Largo, Varadero, Bahía de Cochinos, Cienfuegos, Guajimico, Trinidad, Santa María Cayo Coco and Cayo Guillermo, Jardines de la Reina, Santa Lucía, Guardalavaca, Covarrubias, Marea del Portillo and Santiago de Cuba.