Cayo Largo, Cuba
Cayo Largo is in the South Central region of the Cuban Archipelago, one of the last virgin spots left on the planet. Here Nature was prodigal in its gifts: beaches and more beaches in its 17 miles (27km) of length. But as if surrounding it with fine white sands was not enough. Cayo Largo was given the gift of being eternally caressed by clear and gentle water of incredible hues of blue.
When you arrive in Cayo Largo you will be surprised to find a natural environment that practically has not changed at all since the world began.The scenery is incredible around the coral reef that links the chain of islets around Cayo Largo like an underwater bridge. You will find all your favorite water sports on this island. Scuba-diving lovers will be amazed by the explosion of color in this underwater world.
Cayo Largo has six wonderful beaches; amongst the most popular is Playa Tortugas. Its great attraction is the arrival of hundreds of sea turtles that come ashore to lay their eggs in the warm sands making the beach a kind of natural preserve where the gentle giants find refuge.
Scuba diving on Cayo Largo is particularly attractive around the protected and unaltered coral reef that expands for more than 30km.
Things to see and do
* Scuba diving
* Beach activities
* Bird & turtle watching
* Water sports
Cruise Season – Jan - Dec
Currency – Cuban Peso (CUP)
Language – Spanish
Land Area – 370 sq km’s
Population – 11,400,000 Cuba
Electricity – 2 perpendicular flat pins USA style or with a round pin below
Time – GMT minus five hours
International Country Telephone Code – 1 + 53
Port Location – Due to the US blockade, there are no scheduled passenger ships and only some cruise ships call at Cuba.
Transport Links - Havana (HVA) (José Martí International) is 15km (9 miles) southwest of the city. There are also international airports at Camagüey, Cayo Coco, Cayo Largo, Ciego de Avila, Cienfuegos, Holguin, Manzanillo, Santiago de Cuba and Varadero. Cubana operates scheduled services between most main towns but advance booking is essential as flights are limited.
The principal rail route is from Havana to Santiago de Cuba, with four daily trains. Cuba’s national bus service connects all the main towns and suburbs at least once or twice a day. The state-operated, air-conditioned Viazul ‘tourist buses’, connect most major cities and tourist destinations daily. Taxis and chauffeur-driven cars can work out to be as cheap as the bus or train. There are several good and inexpensive car hire companies with representatives at most hotels, and bicycles can also be hired.