Located in the northern coast of Camaguey, Santa Lucía is a unique beach destination plentiful of virginal and beautiful landscapes combined with a water sports tourism offer, considering it has ideal attributes for contemplative scuba diving due to its fascinating submerged world only some 200 meters away from shore.
The coastal-marine ecosystem typifies as a 21 Km natural pool of clean and safe waters with a wide strip of fine sand guarded by the Island´s most extensive and uninterrupted coral barrier, treasuring an astounding marine flora and fauna diversity. Located only two Km away from shore it is considered one of the largest of its type in the Western Hemisphere; it can be seen from the air as a continuous foam line.
As part of the nautical offer Santa Lucía comprises the Shark´s Friends International Diving Center with XIX and early XX century sunken ships, a spectacular show with sharks including diving with them and also a water sports facility with more than 30 immersion spots – three of them with sunken planes and also catamarans and yachts ‘rentals.
Due to the proximity to Camaguey – 110 Km – which Historical Center was proclaimed as World Heritage Site, the stay can also be combined with cultural tourism; the combination includes as well nature tourism since this destination hosts a well preserved biodiversity, habitat of pink flamingo colonies very frequent in nearby ponds and lagoons; the Sierra de Cubitas mountain chain with multiple caverns can also be easily seen from the outskirts of the city.
The locality hotel inventory includes four all-inclusive 4 and 3 stars´Cubanacán Hotels located in the coastal line: Club Amigo Mayanabo, Brisas Santa Lucía, Club Bravo Caracol and Roc Santa Lucía (formerly Gran Club), managed by Roc Hotels, as well as economy class Tararaco, Costa Blanca Residential and Playa Santa Lucía apartments owned by Islazul Hotels.
As complimentary offers this destination includes hostels, inns, restaurants, shopping and recreational centers, bicycle and scooters ‘rentals and an international clinic. Santa Lucía travel agencies arrange tours to the city of Camaguey and to other neighboring destinations, particularly to the nearby ruins of San Hilario Fortress (1831) and the Colón Lighthouse (1848) in Cayo Sabinal.
Santa Lucía can be reached from Camaguey´s Ignacio Agramonte International Airport or from Holguín and Ciego de Avila airports as well.
By: Josefina Pichardo