Escape to Caribbean bliss on Cayo Santa Maria holidays. We’ll whisk you away to a remote island on Cuba’s Jardines Del Rey Archipelago. This tiny paradise is home to eight miles of glorious white sand and pristine blue waters. Once an uninhabited island, this beautiful spot is now an idyllic resort, connected to the Cuban mainland via a 30-mile-long causeway. You won’t be able to resist taking a dip in the crystal-clear waters. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can snorkel or scuba dive beneath the surface. When culture calls, a trip to Remedios and the city of Santa Clara is in order, where you’ll discover a world of fascinating colonial buildings and old American cars.
Cayo Santa Maria’s beautiful Caribbean climate means you’ll enjoy warm weather and sunshine all year round
Fly weekly from Manchester to Santa Maria Airport (SNU).
If a remote island escape is what you seek, look no further than Cayo Santa Maria. You couldn’t ask for more than the countless stunning beaches you find here; holidays to Cayo Santa Marina are all about soft white sands, crystal-clear waters and multi-coloured marine life. This picture-perfect spot is brimming with natural beauty; in fact, it’s been recognised by UNESCO and declared a Biosphere Reserve. If you’re longing for long days in the Caribbean sunshine with a cocktail in hand, this is the place for you. But if you’re feeling more energetic, there are plenty of activities to keep you busy around the beach. You could take to the waters for a spot of scuba diving at the nearby reefs, shipwrecks and caves, or try your hand at snorkelling. Prefer to keep stay dry? Take a thrilling boat trip instead.
Cuba holidays wouldn’t be complete without delving into the country’s fascinating local culture and history. From Cayo Santa Maria, you’re free to take a trip to the mainland and discover Cuba’s fifth largest city, Santa Clara. You’ll discover a stunning cathedral and intriguing museum, as well as an intricate 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 it’s worth a visit. Wherever you’re heading, remember to keep an eye out for old American cars. And make the most of the warm welcome from the locals as they puff on their iconic Cuban cigars!
When it comes to mouth-watering food and drink, you’ll be spoilt for choice in Cuba. Cuban cuisine is an exciting blend of Native American, Spanish, African and Caribbean dishes, so make sure you sample as many different flavours as you can. Fruit and root vegetables grow in abundance here, as they thrive in Cuba’s tropical climate. Rice and beans are an absolute classic Cuban combination. Tender meat is slow cooked and usually served in a delicious light sauce; one of the most popular is called Mojo, which takes its influences from the Canary Islands. As well as coffee, Cuban is also famous for its rum; cocktails fans won’t want to leave without trying a Cuba Libre or a Mojito or two!
Beach lovers: Holidays in Cayo Santa Maria are perfect for taking it easy and enjoying the views of the lush, green palm trees on the perfect white sand beaches. If you’re feeling energetic, take to the waters for an unforgettable snorkelling experience.
Couples: A peaceful, laid-back vibe makes this sun-soaked island the perfect choice if you’re looking for a romantic escape with your loved one.
Culture vultures: Venture over to the Cuban mainland and immerse yourself in the local culture. See the spectacular colonial buildings, go on the hunt for vintage cars, and stock up on coffee, rum and cigars.
Language: The language spoken here is Spanish.
Currency: The currency used here is Peso Convertible (CUC) and Cuban Peso (CUP).
Local time: It’s five hours behind the UK.
Fly to: You’ll fly into Santa Maria Airport (SNU)
Flight time from UK: It takes approximately 10 hours to fly here.
Tourist information: Find more Cayo Santa Maria tourist information 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.
By foot: In the Caribbean, there’s no better way to explore than a leisurely stroll along the beach.
By taxi: Taxis are one of the most convenient ways to travel around the resorts and over to the mainland. Take your pick from modern taxis and restored old American cars.
Panoramic bus tour: Open-top double decker buses are a fun and economical way to travel around the resorts. Bear in mind that they don’t travel along the causeway to the mainland.
Temperature: 25-31 (˚C)
Holidays in Cayo Santa Maria will take you to a Caribbean island that enjoys a subtropical climate. It’s split into two seasons: wet season (May to October) and dry season (November to April). Throughout the year, average temperatures don’t change too much; they tend to range from 25-31˚C. If you like it hot, then book your Cayo Santa Maria holidays between June and September. Since its 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 don’t worry, these usually only last a couple of days.
Party time: Cuba’s rich Caribbean culture means there’s always a party going on somewhere in Cayo Santa Maria. New Year’s Eve is a particularly fun time to be here, so if you’re looking for a good time why not treat yourself to a winter sun break?
Evening entertainment: When the sun goes down, Cayo Santa Maria’s hotels and switch from relaxed daytime mode to evening excitement. You’ll discover stylish bars, vibrant restaurants, and live music galore, with something to suit all tastes.