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Recreation on Cuban Keys
Excellent beaches of crystal-clear water and fine white sand are complemented by nautical facilities to combine a refreshing swim at the beach and diving excursions to breathtakingly-beautiful sites.

Of course, the Cuban capital is the top tourist destination in the Caribbean Island, due to its hotel infrastructure, cultural facilities and excellent services.

In addition to world-renowned establishments such as the Hotel Nacional de Cuba, in Havana, and establishments run by foreign hotel chains, other facilities provide excellent services in developing areas.

Eastern Cuba also offers excellent hotels and recreational facilities on Holguín's north coast, while the world-famous Varadero beach, in western Matanzas province, receives thousands of vacationers every year.

However, tourist attractions can also be found on the keys that make up the Cuban archipelago. One of those keys is Cayo Levisa, off Pinar del Río's north coast, which offers three kilometers of excellent beaches and 23 dive sites.

In central Cuba, tourists can visit the keys Santa María, Las Brujas, Ensenachos, Cobos, Majá, Fragoso, Francés, Las Picúas and Español de Adentro, among others, which are connected by a 48-km causeway over the sea.

Cayo Saetía, in eastern Cuba, is at the entrance of the Bay of Nipe. It is considered the largest game preserve in the country and is inhabited by a wide range of animal and plant species.

One of the fastest-growing destinations north of Ciego de Avila is the Jardines del Rey (King's Gardens) archipelago.

The main key in that region, Cayo Coco, is the fourth largest islet in the Cuban archipelago. It has an area of 370 square kilometers and offers 22 kilometers of excellent beaches surrounded by mangrove swamps and coconut trees.

In Jardines del Rey, Cayo Guillermo is one of the smallest keys. It has an area of 18 square kilometers. Its exuberant flora includes mahogany, mastic and savin trees.

In addition, Cayo Largo del Sur, offers 24 kilometers of excellent beaches of fine white sand.

Tourists can spend a wonderful time at the two-kilometer-long Sirena Beach, as well as at the shell-shaped Lindamar, Paraíso and Los Cocos. The later was named after the many coconut trees that grow there.



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