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N +22º 39' 35.81" / W -79º 3' 44.27"
An exclusive natural setting with a pristine beach that extends for over 10 km with a wide strip of sand. It is the largest of the Villa Clara keys, a string of islands that make up the Jardines del Rey archipelago, in the northeast of this central province more than 380 km east of Havana.
An area measuring 13 km 2 declared a Biosphere Reserve due to its ecological value. It is linked to the town of Caibarién by a 48 km long stone causeway over the sea which was awarded the Alcántara Bridge International Prize, the highest ever attained by Cuban civil engineering thanks to its excellent construction. This prize, awarded by the San Benito de Alcántara Foundation since February 1988, recognizes the most important public works within the Ibero American world taking into account a combination of various aspects such as technical quality and perfection attained in the implementation of the project.
The causeway crosses, before reaching Cayo Santa María, Las Brujas islets and Ensenachos. The keys are home to a variety of animals including 10 species that are on the country’s list of endemic animals. Exclusive hotels and a privileged environment blend into and enrich into the unique natural setting of Cayo Santa María.
Cayo Las Brujas is the location of an international airport with a runway for small and medium-sized planes. It currently has a daily connection with Havana. And the causeway allows access to the city of Santa Clara, where there is a memorial in tribute to the guerrilla hero Ernesto Che Guevara and his comrades. Che was an Argentine-Cuban freedom fighter, one of the ideologists and commanders of the Cuban revolution which ended in 1965 in the establishment of the Cuban state.
The Ernesto Guevara Sculptural Complex contains a 22 foot bronze statue of Che, a museum with documents, photos and personal objects, plus the remains of the executed Marxist revolutionist and 29 of his fellow combatants killed in 1967 during Guevara’s attempt to spur an armed uprising in Bolivia.
Cayo Las Brujas is the location of an international airport with a runway for small and medium-sized planes. It currently has a daily connection with Havana. The hotels located in Cayo Santa María have been designed with the unique architectural elements of the former village of San Juan de los Remedios, founded in 1513 and declared a National Monument and famous for its traditional festivities. It is the eighth oldest Spanish settlement in Cuba and there are several examples of 17th century Spanish architecture in good condition.
Considered one of the oldest festivals in Cuba and one of the three national holidays, the Parrandas de Remedios dates back to 1820. During the parranda a fierce competition takes places between the neighbourhoods of El Carmen, represented by a globe, and San Salvador, represented by the rooster with majestic floats recreating passages of literature, history, politics, society and sports etc. there is also a firework display and rockets, as well as traditional music characterized by bell tolling and polka, symbols of each district. The destination also has attractive options with small villages with their restaurants, bars, cafeterias, bowling alleys, clubs, excursions, marinas, dolphin centre and tourist bus which makes Cayo Santa María a very complete offer.
There are huge colonies of flamingos, seagulls and cormorants, to lizards, iguanas, molluscs and shrike bird. The sea is populated by algae and there are a wide variety of molluscs, amphibians, reptiles, mammals and winged species.
Here you can also see the tocororo, the national bird of Cuba, plus woodpeckers and hawks, as well as deer and hutias of different kinds, plus the exclusive hutia rat.
The diversity of wildlife on this island is complemented by lush Caribbean vegetation which includes 248 plant species, of which 91 are medicinal, 72 timber and 41 honey bearing trees and 40 ornamental.
The territory is practically covered by mangroves providing an intense greenery and there are also different species of palm trees, fruit trees and coconut palms
As in the rest of the country, the culinary culture has Spanish and African influences, and given that is it a coastal area, some of its traditional dishes are: