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Cayo Santa Maria is one of the most popular resorts located in Jardines del Rey archipelago. It sits in the Bahia Buena Vista and is a very small key, only sixteen kilometers long and a couple of kilometers wide. A causeway links Cayo Santa Maria with the mainland town of Caibarien. What makes Cayo Santa Maria especially popular are the wonderful sandy beaches and its fantastic all-inclusive resorts. There are over a dozen large hotel complexes here, all with great views on the sea.
When it comes to weather, dry season on Cayo Santa Maria is between November and April. Between May and October brief showers can occur, but the weather is never cold and they will not affect your holiday. Average monthly temperatures are in the upper 20s throughout the whole year.
Cayo Santa Maria is known as a paradise for snorkelers. The second biggest barrier reef in the world lies just below the waters in Cayo Santa Maria. Diving in the area around Cayo Santa Maria is a fantastic experience. In some areas you will see unrealistically beautiful exotic fish right in front of the beaches. Join in one of the numerous organized diving trips and you will spot some large turtles, angelfish and long barracudas. Besides for snorkeling, Cayo Santa Maria is also known as a great destination for bird watching.
Combine a nice Caribbean holiday with bird watching and enjoy. Cuba has a reputation of being one of the top birding destinations in the world, and here you can spot some amazing birds such as the Bee Hummingbird. That is the smallest bird on the planet. Besides Bee Hummingbird, in Cayo Santa Maria you will spot many endemic Cuban birds, white and black Warblers and American Redstarts.
The biggest attraction in Cayo Santa Maria is its fantastic long white sandy beach, stretching for over thirteen kilometers. It is divided in three sectors and each sector has something interesting to offer. Most of the hotels and larger stretch of the beach are located on the northern side of Cayo Santa Maria, while the southern coast is mainly filled with forests, mangroves and salt marshes. Playa Santa Maria is the place where majority of popular hotels are located, while there are also some hotels east of Cayo Santa Maria in the sectors of Playa Perla Blanca and Lagunas del Este.
From Cayo Santa Maria you can go on boat excursions and explore the many attractive small islets and keys in the area. If you want to go inlands, visit the nice towns of Caibarien and Remedios or go further to Santa Clara. Santa Clara is a couple of hours bus drive away from Cayo Santa Maria and there you can go visit the Museum of Decorative Arts and see the attractive monument of Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara.
Cayo Santa Maria is for those looking to spend an exclusive holiday in a perfect setting. Location is great, weather is ideal, while beaches are top class. There is everything you could ask for in order to have an amazing vacation.