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Holidays in Cayo Santa Maria

A close neighbour of the popular Cayo Coco and Cayo Guillermo; Cayo Santa Maria is part of the Jardines Del Rey Archipelago. Its eight mile stretch of stunning, white sand beach is the ideal spot to soak up some Caribbean sun and truly unwind on your holiday, which is what Cuba holidays are all about. Once an uninhabited island, Cayo Santa Maria is now home to a number of All Inclusive resorts and is connected to the mainland by a 30-mile-long causeway; so your holiday to Cuba can be as cultural or as relaxing as you want it to be. Take a dip in the warm, Caribbean waters and try out the incredible snorkelling and scuba-diving that Cayo Santa Maria has to offer. Or head to the town of Remedios and the city of Santa Clara to see all the fascinating colonial buildings and old American cars.

25-31 °C

Cayo Santa Maria’s Caribbean climate means you’ll experience warm weather at any time of year.

10 hours

Fly weekly from Manchester to Santa Maria Airport (SNU).

 

Recommended holidays in Cayo Santa Maria

Golden Tulip Aguas Claras Resort

7 Nights, All Inclusive
Hotel highlights
  • Beachfront
  • Three themed restaurants
  • Seven bars

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 2388 reviews

What is included ?

  • 20kgs Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • Resort service
  • Return Transfers

Ocean Casa del Mar

7 Nights, All Inclusive
Hotel highlights
  • Beachfront
  • Privilege section
  • Six themed restaurants

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 1214 reviews

What is included ?

  • 20kgs Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • Resort service
  • Return Transfers

Playa Cayo Santa Maria

7 Nights, All Inclusive
Hotel highlights
  • Beachfront
  • A host of themed restaurants
  • Family adjacent rooms

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 6553 reviews

What is included ?

  • 20kgs Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • Resort service
  • Return Transfers

Valentin Perla Blanca

7 Nights, All Inclusive
Hotel highlights
  • Adult-Only (18yrs+)
  • Beachfront location
  • Great choice of restaurants and bars

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 3362 reviews

What is included ?

  • 20kgs Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • Resort service
  • Return Transfers

Meliá Las Dunas

7 Nights, All Inclusive
Hotel highlights
  • Beachfront location
  • Nine restaurants
  • Good range of facilities

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 8244 reviews

Thomas Cook Customer Rating
Based on 16 reviews

What is included ?

  • 20kgs Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • Resort service
  • Return Transfers

The beautiful resort of Cayo Santa Maria is recognised as a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO and is home to countless stunning beaches boasting soft white sands, crystal clear waters and multi-coloured marine life. It could be easy to spend your entire holiday just soaking up the warm, Caribbean sun and sipping on another All Inclusive cocktail; but there are plenty of other things to do in Cayo Santa Maria centred around the beach. Take to the waters for a spot of scuba-diving at the nearby reefs, shipwrecks and caves, or try your hand at snorkelling. Alternatively, if you prefer to keep your toes dry, you might prefer a thrilling boat trip instead. There’s also a popular dolphinarium in the area too.

Cuba holidays wouldn’t be complete without delving into the fascinating local culture and history. Take a trip to the mainland and discover Cuba’s fifth largest city, Santa Clara. There’s plenty to see here, from the cathedral and museums to a reconstruction of the train derailment carried out by Che Guevara’s troops. Famous for its Christmas festival, the small, colonial town of Remedios is also home to the second oldest church in all of Cuba and is well worth a visit. Plus, wherever you go in Cuba, you’ll get to see the wonderful old American cars and encounter the warm welcome of the locals as they puff on their iconic Cuban cigars.

You’ll love all the mouth-watering food and drink in Cuba. Cuban cuisine is a mixture of Native American, Spanish, African and Caribbean dishes, so be sure to sample as much as you can. A typical meal consists of rice and beans, cooked together or apart. As Cuba has a tropical climate, they use what can be grown in many dishes, such as fruits and root vegetables. Meat is usually served with a light sauce; one of the most popular is called Mojo, which takes its influences from the Canary Islands. As well as coffee, other popular Cuban drinks include its famous rum, of which cocktails such as the Cuba Libre and Mojito are made.

 

Cayo Santa Maria is best for

Beach lovers: While away your time under lush, green palm trees on Cayo Santa Maria’s pristine, white sand beaches, or take to the waters for unforgettable snorkelling.

Couples: The peaceful, laid-back vibe of Cayo Santa Maria is perfect for those looking for a romantic escape with their loved one.

Culture vultures: Venture to Cuba’s mainland to indulge in the local culture; from colonial buildings and vintage cars to coffee, rum and cigars.


Fast facts

Language: The language spoken in Cayo Santa Maria is Spanish.

Currency: The currency used in Cayo Santa Maria is the Peso Convertible (CUC) and Cuban Peso (CUP.

Local time: Cayo Santa Maria is five hours behind the UK.

Fly to: Santa Maria Airport (SNU).

Flight time from UK: Approximately 10 hours.

Tourist information: Further Cayo Santa Maria tourist information can be found at http://www.travel2cuba.co.uk/ 

Visa and health: Before you travel, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/cuba for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to Cayo Santa Maria.

Find out more: Read our blog on travel to Cuba from Head of Customer Welfare Carol MacKenzie


Getting around

By foot: When on holiday in the Caribbean, there’s no better way to get around than a leisurely stroll along the beach by foot.

By taxi: Taxis are one of the most convenient ways to travel around the resort and over to the mainland. These can be modern taxis or one of the restored old American cars.

Panoramic Bus Tour: These open-top double decker buses are a fun and economical way to travel around the resorts, although they don’t travel along the causeway to the mainland.


Weather and climate

Temperature: 25-31 (˚C)

Cayo Santa Maria has a subtropical climate that’s split into two seasons; wet season falls from May to October and dry season from November to April. Average temperatures throughout the year don’t change much and range from 25-31 (˚C). The hottest months to visit Cayo Santa Maria are between June and September. Due to the location off the northern coast of Cuba, there’s a risk of very occasional cold fronts, especially between December and February where evening temperatures may be lower. But these only last a couple of days.


Events

Celebrations: Cuba’s Caribbean culture means there’s always a party going on somewhere. New Year’s Eve is a fun time to be in the area, so treat yourself to a winter sun break and prepare for good times guaranteed.

Evening entertainment: Once the sun goes down, you can rely on the hotels and resorts around Cayo Santa Maria to take you from daytime relaxation to fun-filled evening entertainment. From stylish bars, to discos and live music; there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

 


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Recommended Hotels
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