Santa Lucia Cuba Travel Agency, Beach is 110 km (68 miles) just
a little over an hour's drive-from the city of Camagüey, capital of the
province of the same name.
Thousands of visitors from abroad come here each year to enjoy the sun,
sand, salty air and clear water of this 21 km (13-mile) long beach protected
by the second longest coral reef in the world, a fantastic place for scuba
diving and other water sports.
This beach and Sabinal, Romano, Cruz and Guajaba Keys, in the Sabana-Camagüey
Archipelago, just offshore, are the home of the largest colony of Roseate
Flamingos (Phoenicopterus ruber) in Cuba and of other species of Cuban
coastal flora and fauna.
Ernest Hemingway used to frequent this coast while going
hunting or fishing on board his yacht, Pilar-and also when hunting down
German U-boats during World War II. His most autobiographical novel-Islands
in the Stream, which was published in 1970-was based on these experiences.
When you choose Santa Lucía Beach-one of Cuba's All-Inclusive
resorts-for your vacation, you have access to all the services offered
in five Cubanacán hotels.
From Santa Lucía Beach, you can go on excursions to the
Cubitas Mountains, where there are over 300 species of lush vegetation,
and to the port of Nuevitas, the city closest to the resort.
The longest uninterrupted coral reef in Cuba comes as
close as 200 m (656 feet) to the beach. You can see the top of this natural
attraction easily from the beach, for waves coming in from the Atlantic
break on it. Thus, the water at this 20 km (13-mile)-long beach is always
calm and free of marine species that are dangerous to man. The temperature
averages 80.6º F. (27º C.) during the hotter months of the year and 73.8º
F. (23.3° C.) from December through March. There is little rain, and winds
average 14 km (under 9 miles) per hour Santa Lucia Cuba Travel Agency.