Cayo Largo’s scenery and sugar-white beaches make it one of Cuba’s most sought-after tourist destinations. The tiny key sits in the calm Caribbean waters, at the easternmost tip of the Archipélago de los Canarreos off Cuba’s southern coast. The tiny island is situated south of the Cuba mainland. The island is comprised of limestone, formed over millions of years from the remains of marine organisms, much like the ones that form coral reefs.
Cayo Largo and the nearby Isla de la Juventud offer spectacular scuba diving – most notably among the reefs off Punta Francés. Protected from strong sea currents, the seabed is varied and unspoiled, with an abundance of underwater caves, valleys and steep, gorgonian-encrusted walls. Whether you’re a beginner or a diving pro, you’ll marvel at the coral formations, colourful sponges and breathtaking tropical fish on display in the warm, translucent water.
On dry land, the lush island gives nature lovers lots to enjoy. Spend a moonlit evening watching turtles nest on the beach. Native wildlife also includes flamingos, iguanas and Cuba’s tiny bee hummingbirds. Both Cayo Largo and Isla de La Juventud have fascinating museums with unique artefacts and exhibits.
A particular point of interest is the Cueva de Punta del Este, called the ‘Aboriginal Sistine Chapel’ – a cave featuring hundreds of historic pictographs.
The immaculate white-sand beaches of Cayo Largo display the best of their incredible natural assets. Most of the hotels here offer beachside equipment rentals, so in addition to soaking up the sun you can enjoy sailing, windsurfing, kayaking and water skiing.
Each beach Cayo Largo has its own name and particularity. Cayo Iguana for the sunbathing iguanas, Playa Tortuga for the sea turtles that lay their eggs in the sand, Playa Mal Tiempo for the seclusion of this remote beach, Playa Paraíso for the simple pleasure of sipping a cocktail in the sand and Playa Sirena, one of Cuba’s most beautiful beaches.
Cayo Largo del Sur, known simply as Cayo Largo, is a natural paradise where you can feel a little like Robinson Crusoe on a deserted remote island far away from city life! An island almost virgin for people who like nature and are looking for a non-commercial quiet place away from massive tourism. Cayo Largo is unique in many ways!
There’s a real easy-going, down-to-earth and friendly atmosphere in Cayo Largo, which is probably why the destination has earned its friendly reputation. It’s one of the rare places in Cuba where you’ll find clothing-optional beaches. Live and let live! That’s the spirit!
If you’re looking for tranquility, a relaxed atmosphere, unpretentious comfort, or endless gorgeous virgin beaches… Then Cayo Largo might be for you!
Cayo Largo is the place in Cuba with the most repeat business. It’s not uncommon to meet tourists who have made more than a dozen visits to this small island in the Caribbean. Of course, clothing-optional beaches on the island make this place unique!
Windsurfing, kayaking, swimming, sailing, relaxing, walking on powder white sand, reading a book or magazine quietly on a chair… that’s what Cayo Largo has a lot to offer!