Cayo Largo is one of Cuba’s most famous travel destinations. The fantastic view of the ocean and the powdery sugar-white beaches it affords guests are sought-after. The calm, Caribbean Sea nestles the key at the easternmost part of the Archipélago de los Canarreos off the southern coast of Cuba. The island is composed of million years old limestone comprised of marine organism fossils.
What drives more travelers to Cayo Largo and its neighboring Isla de la Juventud is scuba diving, most especially off the Punta Francés reefs. The seabed in this scuba site is virtually undisturbed and unspoiled as it is protected from forceful sea currents. There are valleys and steeps, caves and gorgonian-encrusted walls. Novice and seasoned divers are welcome to dive here to see wonderful coral formations, colorful tropical fish and sponges thriving in the warm Caribbean waters.
The island is a veritable paradise with its lush landscape and sunlit sand. Nature lovers will enjoy quiet walks under the Caribbean moon, watching sea turtles lay their stakes on the beach. Iguanas, flamingos and tiny bee hummingbirds are native to Cayo Largo. Whereas artifact buffs will find their fill the museums in Isla de la Juventud and Cayo Largo. A cave that features hundreds historic pictographs is called Cueva de Punte del Este. The place is dubbed the aboriginal Sistine Chapel.
The La Yana Tree is said to have stood on the Cayo Largo to welcome Christopher Columbus in 1492. Local folklore tells of corsairs and pirates using the tree as a focal point in burying their treasures. For an evening of entertainment, Nueva Gerona in Isla de la Juventud is a nice choice. The song and dance Sucu Sucu by Cuban son Tarateño Rojas is played in variations.