Santa Lucía

Tourist Attractions

Near a hundred kilometers of beaches of an exceptional quality located at Santa Lucía Beach and a group of surrounding keys, is the main and most renowned tourism attraction of the province of Camagüey.

Most of the foreign visitors who come these days to this tourist destination, through the services of the Ignacio Agramonte International Airport or by road when driving from other regions of the country, are attracted by the natural charms of Santa Lucía, particularly by its 20 kilometers of sandy beaches, and the warm and transparent waters protected by the second largest Coral Reef of the Planet, which stretches to the west along near 400 kilometers parallel to Sabinal, Guajaba, Romano and Cruz Keys and extending up to Varadero.

It is precisely in front of Santa Lucía that the Coral Reef is closer to the Cuban coast. As close as 200 meters from the shore, it is possible to dive into the fascinating world of 50 species of Coral, 200 species of sponges, near 500 species of tropical fish and, on top of all that, the remains of at least 27 sunken ships.

The diving area covers a sector of 5 kilometers and it has limits to the east with Lavanderas Reef, and to the west with Playa Bonita and La Boca, a peaceful semi-isolated place that sits next to the entrance of the bay of Nuevitas and very close to a colorful village of fishermen. The Black Coral; the "Cuerno de Ciervo" (Dear's Horn); the "Ramillete de Novias" (Bride's Bouquet); purple, orange or yellow sponges; shads, snooks, levisas, skate, green morays, among several hundreds of species constitute the population of this sea bottom, where you can also find the remains of the Galeon Fernando Estela and the ships Mortera and Nuevo Mortera, the only two built for Cuba in the British shipyards of Liverpool between the end of the XIX century and the beginning of the XX century.

Fully enjoying nautical activities in Santa Lucía goes even beyond its limits, to Cayo Sabinal (with a surface of 335 km2 and more than 30 kilometers of virgin beaches), which can also be visited by road through a causeway little more than 2 kilometers long. Santa Lucía Beach In Cayo Sabinal, ideal place for photo hunting, tours and nautical recreational activities; there are fresh water lagoons, where different species of the local fauna meet, among which out stands a large colony of pink flamingos.

The ruins of Fort San Hilario, the unique Playa Brava, the Faro Colón (Lighthouse Colon) built in 1894 and which later became an excellent lookout, evidence of the presence of native settlements and the attractive mountains of the eastern region are some of the reasons to visit this isle, whose purity and virginity make it a perfect place for the natural spawning of four species of sea turtles.

From Santa Lucía, it is also possible to visit the Ballenatos Islands, located inside the Bay of Nuevitas; or La Sierra de Cubitas, a mountainous region of 260 km. about 30 km. from the capital of the province, where the existence of more than 300 plants has been reported. Aboriginal pictographs can be found in the caves of Los Generales, Las Mercedes, Indio and Pichardo, and there are at least three natural accidents of great interest: Sima de Rolando, Hoyo de Bonet, and the gorge of Los Paredones. The Historic Center of the City of Camagüey, second largest in the country, has rightfully earned being considered a must-see place for those who choose Santa Lucía as their holiday destination, being 110 kilometers away form each other with an infinity of charms to be discovered between them.