Cayo Santa Maria is a small island of just sixteen kilometres long and at most two kilometers wide, located in Buena Vista Bay, North of the great island of Cuba, in the archipelago Jardines del Rey”(gardens of the King). This archipelago has been declared biosphere reservation by UNESCO. Cayo Santa Maria island is connected to the island of Cuba by a dam of forty-eight kilometres. This important project (of the firm Campaña de las villas) was initiated in 1989 to end 10 years later. The beaches and the hotels are all located on the north coast of the island. The south being composed of mangroves. The first hotel opened on the island was the Sol Cayo Santa Maria in 2001.
The place is known for having the best temperature of Cuba. It is important to note that the sea in Cayo Santa Maria is often rough with high waves. It is not uncommon to see a red flag on the beach. If you are looking for a calm sea, it would be wiser to opt for Cayo Ensenachos (nearby island of Cayo Santa María) or Cayo Guillermo. The two beaches at Cayo Ensenachos (Playa Megano and Playa Ensenachos) are among the most beautiful of all Cuba!
Despite this development, Cayo Santa Maria is a charming small island, quiet and very safe. In a short time, Cayo Santa Maria became the second tourist pole of Cuba after Varadero.