The province of Villa Clara is a traditional sugar, cattle and mineral producer. Excellent coffee grows on its southern mountain slopes, as does one of Cuba's important tobacco crops. Hence Santa Clara has always been an important commercial center and today houses one of Cuba's largest universities. Now, with the resort area of Cayo Santa Maria, it is also becoming known as a beautiful beach vacation destination. A recently built causeway linking the mainland to the keys of Santa Maria has helped open the beautiful virgin beaches to tourism.
A quieter destination, Cayo Santa Maria is the perfect getaway spot for couples and families looking for rest and relaxation. Singles looking for a lively destination might be better off in Varadero or Havana.
With untouched beaches of fine pearly sand, azure Caribbean colours and world class deep sea fishing, Cayo Santa Maria and Cayo Ensenachos are the perfect getaway. Tour Santa Clara and explore its central plaza. Do some shopping, visit the Che Guevara Museum and Memorial Centre and learn about the Cuban Revolution. Discover the 16th century colonial town of Remedios and its patrimonial church, meet the locals and see how cigars are made at an authentic cigar factory in Camajuani.
Accessible by a recently built causeway linking the mainland to the keys, Villa Clara's northern coast boasts the two pristine beaches of Cayo Santa Maria, with 11 km of spectacular sands set in beautiful natural surroundings and the isle of Las Brujas with its 2 km of virgin beach.