Cayo Santa María

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Cayo Santa María
Resort island and village
A beach in Cayo Santa Maria
A beach in Cayo Santa Maria
Cayo Santa María is located in Cuba
Cayo Santa María
Location of Cayo Santa Maria in Cuba
Coordinates: 22°39′27.72″N 79°0′0″W / 22.6577000°N 79.00000°W / 22.6577000; -79.00000Coordinates: 22°39′27.72″N 79°0′0″W / 22.6577000°N 79.00000°W / 22.6577000; -79.00000
Country  Cuba
Province Villa Clara
Municipality Caibarién
Elevation 4 m (13 ft)
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
Area code(s) +53-43
Cayo Caiman Grande de Santa Maria Lighthouse
Cayo Santa María is located in Cuba
Cayo Santa María
Location Cayo Santa María
Sancti Spíritus Province
Coordinates 22°41′06.0″N 78°53′01.2″W / 22.685000°N 78.883667°W / 22.685000; -78.883667
Year first constructed 1909 (first)
Year first lit 1955 (current)
Foundation concrete base
Construction cast iron tower
Tower shape tapered cylindrical tower with balcony and lantern
Markings / pattern white and red horizontal band tower, silver metalli lantern
Height 32 metres (105 ft)
Focal height 48 metres (157 ft)
Original lens first-order Fresnel lens
Current lens first-order Fresnel lens
Range 28 nautical miles (52 km; 32 mi)
Characteristic Fl W 5s.
Admiralty number J4916
NGA number 12780
ARLHS number CUB-020
Cuba number CU-0325[1][2]

Cayo Santa María (Cay or "Key" of Santa Maria) is an island off Cuba's north central coast in the Jardines del Rey archipelago. The island is linked by road and bridge to the town of Caibarién on the main island. Cayo Santa María is well known for its white sand beaches and luxury all inclusive resorts.


The island is linked to the mainland near Caibarién by a 48 km causeway constructed between 1989 and 1999 by Campaña de Las Villas. The island is administered as part of Caibarién, a municipality of Villa Clara Province.[3]


Pedraplén a Cayo Santa Maria is the causeway/roadway that connects the island to mainland. Abel Santamaría Airport located 99.82 kilometres (62.03 mi) west of the island serves tourists traveling to the island's resorts.


The first hotel to open its door was the Sol Cayo Santa Maria in Dec. 2001. All hotels in Cayo Santa María, currently 17 for a total of 9,857 rooms, are owned by the Cuban group Gaviota. The « Cayos de Villa Clara » project is the construction of 10,000 rooms on the islands of Cayo Santa Maria, Cayo Ensenachos and Cayo Las Brujas.[citation needed]

The hotels of the island are the "Melia Buenavista" (105 rooms), "Sol Cayo Santa María" (300 rooms), "Melia Cayo Santa María" 358 rooms), "Melia Las Dunas" (925 rooms), "Playa Cayo Santa María" (769 rooms), "Starfish Cayo Santa Maria" (1,308 rooms), "Royalton Cayo Santa María" (122 rooms), "Memories Paraiso Beach Resort" (666 rooms), "Grand Memories Santa Maria" (732 rooms), "Golden Tulip Cayo Santa María" (846 rooms), "Warwick Cayo Santa Maria" (800 rooms), (800 rooms) and the "Valentin Perla Blanca" (1,020 rooms). There is one more hotel to be built in the eastern area of Cayo Santa Maria, near the Valentin Perla Blanca, the construction name is « Lagunas del Este V » that will be the Paradisus Cayo Santa Maria.[citation needed]

There is also one hotel in the neighbor island Cayo Ensenachos, the "Iberostars Ensenachos" (506 rooms).[citation needed]

The development in the Cayos de Villa Clara continues on the third island called Cayo Las Brujas. There is a small boutique hotel Villa Las Brujas and recently the Dhawa opened its door that will be followed by the Sercotel Cayo Santa Maria. NOTE that these hotels have the name « Cayo Santa Maria » BUT there are not located on the island of Cayo Santa Maria (10 km west).[citation needed]

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