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Cayo Largo

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Cuba's only true Caribbean resort

When most people think of Cuba and its beaches, they probably think of the Caribbean. Yet the vast majority of Cuba’s resorts are located on its north coast, facing out towards the Atlantic.

In fact, the only one of Cuba’s pure beach resorts that can boast that it is in the Caribbean is Cayo Largo.

Located off Cuba’s south coast, Cayo Largo forms part of the Canarreos Archipelago and although its name hints at something substantial, the island is actually just sixteen miles long and never any more than two miles wide.

There is no boat service to Cayo Largo so the only way to reach the island is by air from Havana as well as selected international flights.

It is also worth noting that there has never been any human settlement on Cayo Largo so this really isn’t somewhere one visits for anything other than rest and relaxation.

Fortunately, the beaches on Cayo Largo are amongst the best in Cuba and, almost uniquely, the majority of them remain undeveloped. The few hotels that have been built on the island are all clustered together on Playa Lindamar but it is the beaches of Playa Paraiso and Playa Sirena on the island’s west coast that earn rave reviews.

Not surprisingly, Cayo Largo is also a popular destination for scuba diving and snorkelling enthusiasts while the shallow waters off the island’s north coast are highly regarded for bone-fishing. Cayo Largo is also an important habitat for Green Turtles.

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