Guide to the Cuban Islands
Everyone knows Cuba as the only tropical island "socialism, cigars and hot salsa". However, a part of the country includes many smaller islands of the archipelago nearby. They are often left out of the attention of tourists, but in vain – each of them has its own unique features and interesting to visit.
When planning a trip should take into account the time of year and climate – though Cuba always hot, the temperature varies depending on the time of year. Thus, the average January temperature – 19-20 ° C heat, and in July – 30-35 ° C heat. It is not necessary to go to the island in September and October, because this is the season of storms and tsunamis. The dry season lasts from September to April, the rainy season – from May to October. The water temperature does not drop below 25 ° C throughout the year, which gives a special charm to relax on the beaches and diving.
HuvanTud translates from Spanish as "youth". This island is the largest after Cuba itself. Many believe that it is he described in Robert Lewis Stevenson "Treasure Island". Place is famous for its fantastic landscapes, magnificent beaches with white sand and transparent blue water. There are natural reserves here, and in the Punta Frances National Park – one of the best places in the region for diving. There, under water, you will find all sorts of caves and coral reefs, an incredible variety of tropical underwater life, and in the area of Los Barkos Undidos, even the remains of sunken ships.
If on the car (a better scooter) go southeast from the capital of the island of Nueva-Herona, you can explore the caves with rock painting dated i century to n. NS. (Kueva-Punta del Este). Also on the island there is a crocodile farm where you can feed the reptile.
Flight from the capital Cuba Havana costs about $ 60 and lasts about 45 minutes. The island is also possible to get for $ 10-20 from Batabano Bay, which is about an hour drive from Havana. In this case, you have impressive swimming in the Caribbean sea on the catamaran. The path will take about three hours.
Kayo-Largo – a small island, about 30 km long. There are no permanent residents here, not counting the Cubans, which work with tourists in the small village of Isla del Sol. There are several hotels and beautiful white sand beaches on Kayo-Largo on the south side of the island. Only one asphalt road passes around the island, from which primer departs in different directions. Here you just need to rent a jeep, or a scooter, or a bike and drove around the surrounding area. The island lives a huge number of bright birds and iguana, and sea landscapes surrounded by tropical greenery just fascinate. The coast of Kayo-Largo also has a picturesque coral reef – a paradise for diving lovers.
There is an international airport for Akunya, which can take large aircraft. Flight from Havana costs about $ 50.
Kayo Coco recognized by the National Reserve of Cuba. Here you can see a pristine man Flor and Fauna, for example, pink flamingos and ibisov (Coco, as they are called here; Actually, in honor of Ibis, the island and named). But most importantly, you can settle for Cayo Coco: beautiful hotels operating on the All Inclusive system are located. To services of leisure massages, spa treatments, diving tours and 26 km of snow-white beaches.
The island is included in the famous Coral Reef Hardine-del Rey ("Royal Gardens"), called conquistadors in honor of the Spanish King Fernando. In the XVI century, the island was a refuge for pirates and illegal workers.
By car from the Havana itself on a 30-kilometer dam, towering over the sea. Only the way here is an adventure.
Cayo Santa Maria
Imagine white sandy beach, beautiful garden, bright rooms and luxury spa salon. Such conditions are waiting for holidaymakers in the local hotels. Kayo-Santa Maria – a very small island with a length of only 13 km and a width of no more than 2 km. In addition to the beach holiday, you should visit local villages. Kaibaryen is a small fishing village where you can taste Tilapia, Bonfish, Tarpon and Lobster; Rememedios transmits the original atmosphere of Cuba; Fulebe La Esthey was built a few years ago specifically for entertainment holidaymakers (here you will find souvenir shops, bars and restaurants).
If you want to visit the very paradise corner of Cuba, then walk to the neighboring Island of Kayo Esenachos. You will find yourself in a quiet lagoon surrounded by palm trees, where crystal clear water is always in the utmost calm (because surrounded by coral reefs), and under the legs rustle white small sand.
By car in a picturesque dam, it is also called Pedraplen, from Cayo-Coco Island, or fly from Havana to a small airport to Las Bruhas, which is a 15-minute drive from Cayo Santa Mary.
It will be difficult for locals here, rather, you will find holidaymakers from around the world. Until 1993, Cubans were officially forbidden to entry here, so that they were infected with bourgeois ideas harmful to socialist society.
The island of the miniature, with an area of 13 km, on it is just three beaches. The most famous – Playa-Pilar with snow-white sand and quiet azure harbor. It is considered the best beach on all Cuba. Was named after the Yacht Ernest Hemingway Pilar, because it was here that the famous writer loved to fish. Kayo-Guillermo also inspired him on the description of nature in the novel "in the stream". Here are a fascinating show with sharks in the center of Abalon. The larger part of the Cayo-Guillo is not populated, and each vacationer can enjoy wildlife walks – beaches and mangrove thickets intense with tropical birds.
By car on the dam, which goes from the main island of Cuba through Kayo-Koko and comes to Kayo Guillermo. The path from Havana to the island takes about six hours. You can also fly from Havana to Hardine del Rey Airport on Cayo Coco Island, which will take no more than an hour.
Kayo-Guahab covers an area of 107 km 2 . The island is famous for its mangrove thickets, picturesque beaches and a variety of wildlife. It is worth visiting the Mountains of Los Ornovo, which is in the center of the island. There you can stroll along the tropical forest with high palm trees, bread trees and swim in picturesque waterfalls with refreshing cool water. And in the Lagoon del-ATO, that in the south of the island, if you are lucky, you can see flocks of pink flamingos. In the north of the island there are excellent beaches – if you are traveling on the island by car, you do not miss them. More than 200 hotels are located on Kayo-Guahab, among them you will definitely choose something to your liking.
This is one of the closest islands to the Cuba itself, and before it can be reached by dam. The path by car from Havana will take about five hours. When driving, be careful and do not be surprised to cows on the road, as the path passes through extensive farms.
Kayo-Romano – Island of 777 km 2 – is part of the Saban Camaguey Archipelago. Located in the northern part of Cuba and is the largest reef of the archipelago. Amazing nature attracts a large number of tourists on this territory, despite the fact that Kayo-Romano is not so well developed as Kayo-Guillermo and Cayo-Coco in terms of infrastructure. The island is also famous for large deserted beaches with small sand, they are all close to the road. Hotels and tourist centers offer equipment for kitesurfing, windsurfing and diving, and if necessary, you can hire an instructor. The island is popular among fishing lovers: although commercial fishing is prohibited, but everything is arranged for tourist. The following edible types of fish are caught here: Bonfish, Permta, Tarpon, Big Snapper, Snucking and Barracuda. Some fish reach a length of 1.5 m – Fisherman’s dream!
With Cayo Coco on the machine by dam.
Kayo-Sabinala – the southernmost of Hardine-del Rey Islands, located on the square of 335 km 2 . Initially, the aborigines lived here, later – pirates and Spanish miners. There are a large number of hotels where you will undoubtedly find the night, if you want to stay here for a few days. It is worth visiting the most beautiful of the local beaches called Playa Los Pinos. In the east of the island there is a beautiful lighthouse of the XIX century Faro-Colon, where you may even be allowed to spend the night for a small fee. A little further are the small ruins of the fortress of San Hilario, which was erected during the first Cuban war for independence (1868-1878). Also on the island a lot of wild deserted beaches, where you can place a tent and cook food on the fire. Here is a huge variety of animal world: deer lives, the most numerous livestock flamingos and four types of sea turtles.
From Camaguey by car on the road from dead corals, but you need to take into account that it is not too good and without an SUV you can not do. The passport will require a passport.