Cayo Largo - Not Enough Words to Describe
You will fall in love with Cayo Largo. Guarantee! This small coral island in Cuba has pristine beaches, scuba diving, and exotic wildlife, but no people live there permanently; locals who work in the hotels stay for about 20 days, then return to their families on nearby islands.
Cayo Largo, the official name is Cayo Largo del Sur, is a small resort island belonging to Cuba, in the Caribbean Sea no more than 25km long and 3km wide. It is the second-biggest island in Cuba’s Canarreos Archipelago.
Christopher Columbus is said to have visited the island on his second expedition in 1494, and Sir Francis Drake may have also stopped on the island during his circumnavigation of the globe. Pirates also likely used the island as a base.
Five all-inclusive resorts
There are five all-inclusive resort hotels on the island. A large catamaran style ferry provides surface transportation.
A major tourist attraction of cayo largo are the west beaches, Playa Sirena, and Playo Paraiso. These beaches are a kilometre apart, and typically, the fine white sand is packed hard on the surf’s edge and allows easy walking between them when the tide is not full. Playa Paraiso offers more privacy for the nudist, while Sirena offers full service facilities for tourists. Travellers to Cayo Largo should be advised nudism is legal in Cayo Largo and is practiced on the periphery of the resorts in designated areas, and on the many desolate stretches of beaches (20km) on this island.
A shuttle “train” service takes tourists from the resorts to these beaches. Sirena offers one of the finest under-developed beaches in the world. Acitivities on the beach may be curtailed during turltle egg laying season. The beach has water sports related to the hotels, a restaurant, dolphin attraction, docks for catamaran trips. The lee side of the beach features tidal flats where many very large starfish congregate and other tropical fish are easily viewed.
Cayo Largo is a limestone island, formed over millions of years from the remains of marine organisms, such as the ones that build coral reefs. Living coral reefs form one more attraction for tourists on this island, although coral bleaching has stressed some reef communities in the Caribbean. The northern coast of Cayo Largo consists largely of mangroves and salt pans. While the water south of the island appears clear enough to reveal the underlying ocean floor, the water on the north side of the island is cloudy. This cloudy water indicates that sediment is washing off the land surface and into the water or is being stirred up from the shallow sea floor.
In November 2001, the entire island was covered by storm surge in Hurricane Michelle.
Locals who work in the hotels stay for about 20 days, then return to their families on nearby islands, in particular, Isla de la Juventud. Isla de la Juventud (“Isle of Youth”) is the largest of the 350 islands in the Canarreos Archipelago island and the seventh-largest island in the West Indies (after Cuba itself, Hispaniola, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Trinidad, and Andros Island). While in Cayo Largo, locals live in small apartments located in the only village on the island called «Isla del Sol » where the marina is located as well as restaurants, turtle farm, dive center, polyclinic, etc.
Vilo Acuña Airport
Vilo Acuña Airport is a modern international airport serving Cayo Largo del Sur where large aircraft can now land directly. It is located within the special municipality of Isla de la Juventud. Flights from Argentina, Italy, and Canada service the island.
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