Cayo Santa Maria, Cuba

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.

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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.

Grand Bahia Principe, Runaway Bay, Jamaica

The Grand Bahia Principe, 5 stars, is in Runaway Bay, Jamaica, less than half an hour drive from Ocho Rios, on the north coast of the island. The Victorian hotel is situated on the seafront and most of the rooms in the complex offer fantastic views of the sea. There are three connected pools shaped lake. The hotel has 812 junior suites with hydromassage bath. You can find buffets, snack bars, and specialty restaurants: Italian, International, grilled, Japanese and author. You also have a spa for relaxation, a very beautiful beach, swimming pools and also various activities and entertainment.

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If you want to go to the restaurants à la carte, you must do a reservation and evening dress is required.

If you want to know the neighboring localities, you must rent a car or take a tour, the hotel is away from everything.
One of the favorite excursions for visitors is the Blue Lagoon, where was filmed the famous movie of the same name. The white sand and the marvelous turquoise lagoon create a landscape breathtaking.
The climate is tropical and humid, with an average temperature of 27 ° C throughout the year.

 

Schoelcher Library, Fort-de-France, Martinique

The Schoelcher Library, located in Fort-de-France in Martinique, is a public library. It is located at the corner of Liberté St. and Victor Sévère St., facing the north corner of Savane Square. Victor Schoelcher, deputy of Guadeloupe and Martinique (1848-1850) had a collection of 10,000 books and 250 musical scores but since he had no descendants, he left his collection to the General Council of Martinique under condition of create a public library. The building was built by Pierre Henri Picq. The building was built in the garden of the Tuileries in Paris and was first presented to the Parisians (1886-1887), before being dismantled and shipped by boat to Fort-de-France to be rebuilt. Unfortunately, most of the original books disappeared with a large fire in 1890. The library finally opened in 1893. The building, built on a square plan, has a large dome that illuminates the reading room. There is a mix of art nouveau, western classical and Egyptian art and some Byzantine influences. Names of great French writers decorate friezes. There is a very colorful mosaic exterior pediment.

Tips

If you visit Fort-de-France, it’s worth some time to see the library and its building.

If you are lucky, you will find exhibits on site.