Our Opinion of Santa Lucia
If your ideal holiday includes beautiful beaches, diving sites, sport fishing then look no further. Santa Lucia is infused with an atmosphere of rest and relaxation rather than nightlife.
The provincial capital offers much history and splendour with its labyrinth urban sprawl. The surrounding areas display green hills and fauna, desert islands, and caverns to explore. Here you will find a well preserved ecosystem.
Santa Lucia Beach and Playa Los Cocos with its 21-kilometre strip of dazzling white sand, it is well known for the quality and variety of its diving sites.
Mangroves and everglades, flamingoes and roseate spoonbills, sun-bleached sand and turquoise waters make this little corner of paradise the perfect retreat.
The Sierra de Cubitas National Park impressive passes, the Las Mercedes caves and the Hoyo de Bonet, a kind of botanical garden 900 m deep.
A must also is the Petrified Forest of Najasa.
Things to know about Santa Lucia, Cuba Vacations
Activities & Sports
The islands are part of Cuba's northern coral reef, the largest section in fact, which yields spectacular snorkeling and diving.
This is an ideal spot for swimming and practicing all the water sports available.
Light-gear fishing is popular as well.
Dining & Nightlife
Most resorts host live shows and contests. Some have great discotheques like La Jungla and Club Hola Ola.
Enjoy a night of ballet by the local company at El Teatro Principal in Camaguey.
Native dishes, such as the ajiaco or el mata jíbaro, can be enjoyed at the La Campana de Toledo and the El Parador de los Tres Reyes restaurants.
An interesting fact is that this province is the largest provider of beef in Cuba, so look for beef specialties on the menus.
Cuban cigars, rum and coffee are the most popular souvenirs, followed by wood handicraft and congas. Cuban music recordings are a must as well.
Languages: Spanish, basic English in resort areas.
Currency: Cuban convertible Peso.
Climate: The climate of Santa Lucia is hot but there is always a pleasant breeze. Evenings and nights are cool and comfortable. Annual temperatures vary between 23°C and 28°C.
Electricity: 110 V, 60Hz, American plugs. Hotels often have 220 V.
A valid passport throughout your stay is required as well as a tourist card delivered by your travel agency, the airline companies or the Cuban consular establishment.
International license recommended. Must be 21 years old and have a credit card.
Note: A departure tax of 25 Cuban convertible pesos per person is to be paid when leaving the country.