Known by the locals as Cayo Largo, this “Long Cay” can be found off the southern shores of the island of Cuba. At 16 by 2 miles (25 by 3 kilometers), Cayo Largo del Sur is, indeed, long.
The pristine beaches drew in explorers like Christopher Columbus and Sir Francis Drake during their travels, who undoubtedly relished in the gorgeous scenery. It is widely accepted that pirate marauders made a base or two on the island, adding to the mystery.
Cayo Largo del Sur is primarily a tourist destination, nowadays, with its incredibly fine sandy beaches.
No one lives on the island, full time, they only come to work at the various attractions, boating in from the mainland.
An unexpected stop is El Torreon Nursery, where endemic plants of all types are grown and sold. This is where the locals buy their crops, herbs, and flowers. Come by for a morning stroll to watch the light bounce off the dewy leaves.
Be sure to head to the Sea Turtle Hatchery where you can see the endangered turtles and support the cause.
Your best bet is probably to fly into Havana, then take a domestic flight to Cayo Largo. You can also take a ferry, if you prefer.
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