Isla de la Juventud Cuba Travel Agency, This island is also known as "the island of a thousand
names." The Indians called it Camargo, Guanaja and Siguanea. When Christopher
Columbus discovered it, he named it La Evangelista, and, years later,
Governor Diego Velázquez called it Santiago.
Others have called it Treasure Island (because it was where Robert Louis
Stevenson set his famous novel); Cotorras (Parrot) Island, because of
the abundance of parrots there; and the Isle of Pines. In the 1970s, because
of the many schools in the countryside that were built there, its name
was officially changed to the Isle of Youth.
It is the second largest island in the Cuban archipelago. Its many attractions
include Francés (Frenchman's) Point National Marine Park, Bibijagua Beach,
the Los Indios-San Felipe Natural Preserve, the pictographs in the Punta
del Este (East Point) caves, the Colony International Scuba-Diving Center,
El Abra Farm and the "Model" Prison Isla de la Juventud Cuba Travel Agency.