Cayo Santa Maria travel guide

Weather and climate

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.

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Cayo Santa Maria is best for

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.

 

Fast facts

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.

Holiday destinations related to Cayo Santa Maria:

  • Varadero
  • Guardalavaca
  • Cayo Coco
  • Getting around

    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.

    Events

    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.