Santa Lucia de Cuba Beach

The nearest beach to Camaguey City

Santa Lucía Beach is 110 kms. (68 miles) or just a little over an hour drive from the city of Camagüey. Protected by the second largest coral reef in the world, Santa Lucia de Cuba is fantastic and unique place for scuba diving and water sports. Santa Lucia and the neighboring Cayo Sabinal, Cayo Romano, Cayo Cruz and Cayo Guajaba, in the Sabana-Camagüey Archipelago, just offshore, host the largest colony of Roseate Flamingos (Phoenicopterus ruber) in the Caribbean as well as a wide spectrum of interesting Cuban coastal flora and fauna species. Also, one of the most covetted zones of Santa Lucia de Cuba is Coconut Beach in La Boca, which is a semi-isolated place near to a picturesque settlement of fishermen in the very mouth of Nuevitas Bay, one of the biggest bays in Cuba.

Ernest Hemingway used to sails off this coast while hunting or fishing on board his yacht, El Pilar. Although, he also used to hunt down Nazi U-boats during World War II. His most autobiographical novel, "Islands in the Stream", was based on these experiences.

These 21 kms. (13 miles) of crystal clear and heavenly waters are visited annually by thousands of people from all over the world in their quest to bury the harsh winter in this perfect mixture of sun and sand. So, if while walking in the morning along the beach you find a tiny flake, do not be surprised, is just a piece of all the winter buried here.

More views of Santa Lucia de Cuba...