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Cayo Santa Maria Holidays  

Sun, clear seas and white sand beaches make Cayo Santa Maria holidays the stuff of dreams and postcards. This Cuban island sits under the Caribbean sun and draws visitors from all over the world for a very good reason: it’s simply beautiful. Take a catamaran tour around the Jardines del Rey islands and see exotic fish, uninhabited mini islands and even flamingos. Connected to the mainland by a causeway, Cayo Santa Maria is great for exploring inland as well as enjoying beach relaxation and island activities. 

30 °C

With sea temperatures in the high 20s year round and air temperatures between 20°C and 30°C on average, Cayo Santa Maria never gets chilly. 

13 hours

Santa Clara International: 1 hour and 50 minutes to Cayo Santa Maria.

Cayo Coco International Airport: 3 hours 10 minutes to Cayo Santa Maria.

Book a cheap holiday to Cayo Santa Maria with Airtours and find yourself sunbathing on a tropical island with palm trees, clear water and sparkling sand. Beach holidays don’t get better than this.

Featured holidays in Cayo Santa Maria

Brisas Guardalavaca

7 Nights, All Inclusive
Hotel highlights
  • Overlooking Guardalavaca beach
  • Six restaurants
  • 10 bars

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Based on 4134 reviews

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Based on 55 reviews

What is included ?

  • 20kgs Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • Resort service
  • Return Transfers

Playa Costa Verde

7 Nights, All Inclusive
Hotel highlights
  • Set on a beautiful sandy beach
  • Seven bars
  • Three themed restaurants

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Based on 4416 reviews

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Based on 43 reviews

What is included ?

  • 20kgs Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • Resort service
  • Return Transfers

Sol Rio de Luna & Mares Resort

7 Nights, All Inclusive
Hotel highlights
  • Directly on a stunning white sandy beach
  • Four themed restaurants
  • Two swimming pools

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Based on 5743 reviews

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Based on 51 reviews

What is included ?

  • 20kgs Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • Resort service
  • Return Transfers

Blau Costa Verde

7 Nights, All Inclusive
Hotel highlights
  • On Pesquero beach
  • Great for snorkelling
  • Four bars

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Based on 3042 reviews

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Based on 8 reviews

What is included ?

  • 20kgs Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • Resort service
  • Return Transfers

IBEROSTAR Tainos

7 Nights, All Inclusive
Hotel highlights
  • Right on the beach
  • Five bars
  • Three restaurants

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Based on 4096 reviews

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Based on 19 reviews

What is included ?

  • 20kgs Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • Resort service
  • Return Transfers

With a causeway connecting it to the mainland, Cayo Santa Maria is just offshore in the warm Caribbean Sea and the Gulf Stream. With stunning white sand beaches, sand dunes and a wide range of All Inclusive hotels, you’ll remember your Cayo Santa Maria beach holidays forever. The taxi or shuttle bus ride to the island will amaze you even before you’ve checked into your hotel, as you’ll travel along a 30 mile causeway and cross two other Cays before reaching Santa Maria. This is a trip to get your camera out for!

Cayo Santa Maria has sea temperatures in the high 20s all year round so you can leave that wetsuit at home. Snorkelling, swimming and kayaking are just some of the activities you can experience in the water. With tropical fish, dolphins and turtles in the area, who knows what you’ll see each time you put your mask on, and when you’ve finished splashing around there are plenty of beaches to dry off on.

At ten miles long, Cayo Santa Maria is a fun place to explore by itself as well as its two connected cays. Hiring a bicycle or scooter is a great way to get around the surrounding area and enjoy your explorations at your own pace. If you want to see more of inland Cuba, there are plenty of tours that can be easily organised to take you into the jungle to see waterfalls, exotic birds and plants. Plantation and coffee estate tours are also available to see where everyday products actually come from. 

Thanks to the rich fishing environment and heritage, Cayo Santa Maria’s restaurants are always filled with freshly caught seafood including lobster and delicious fish. The seafood here is caught the same day and cooked in traditional Caribbean spices that are tasty without being hot. For those who are craving a little taste of home, pasta, pizza, burgers and steak are almost always available too. 

Cayo Santa Maria is best for

Water sport enthusiasts: Windsurfing, water skiing, diving and sailing; what will you choose? Cayo Santa Maria has a huge range of water sports for everyone from adrenaline junkies to lazy swimmers.

Explorers: Thanks to a causeway connecting the island with the mainland, Cayo Santa Maria is a good starting point for inland tours to see sugar plantations, coffee estates, huge waterfalls and horse riding trails.

Beach lovers: With its clear waters, palm trees and white sand, Cayo Santa Maria has the kind of beaches you dream of. With All Inclusive hotels just off the sand, laying out your towel and soaking up the sunshine couldn’t be easier.


Fast facts

Language: Spanish.

Currency: Cuba has two currencies, the Cuban Convertible Peso (CUC) and the Cuban Peso (CUP). The CUC is traditionally the tourist currency and is worth more than the local CUP. You can use either but tourist resorts and services will operate in CUC.

Flight time: Flying to Santa Clara or Cayo Coco from the UK will usually require a connecting flight in Canada or Europe, making flight time around 13 hours.

Location: Cayo Santa Maria is at the western end of the sprawling Jardines del Rey archipelago in the centre of Cuba’s northern coastline.

Size: Cayo Santa Maria is 10 miles long and just over 1 mile wide.


Weather and climate

Temperature: It’s always hot in Cayo Santa Maria with June and July averages of 28°C and January averages of 22°C, making it ideal for summer and winter sun.

Best time to visit: Cayo Santa Maria has beautiful weather all year round, and winter and spring have the least rainfall. Summer downpours are quick and everything dries quickly. Hurricanes can affect Cuba between June and November but they aren’t common.


Getting Around

By Taxi: Easy to find at airports and through hotels, taxis are cheap but always agree on the fare first.

By Bus: Buses from Santa Clara airport are sometimes organised by hotels and Santa Clara, the nearest city to Cayo Santa Maria, has a VIAZUL station where you can take long distance buses to other cities like Holguin and Havana.

By Hire Car: Hire cars, mainly in the form of jeeps, are available to rent for hours or days and are a good way of exploring the area.

By Scooter: Hiring a scooter is cheaper than hiring a car as long as you know how to ride one. Stick to paved roads and enjoy the freedom.


Events

For music lovers: Jump straight into Cuban musical culture at the Festival de la Trova Longina. This four day January festival celebrates the life of Cuban troubadour Manuel Corona with performances, big shows and dancing in the nearby city of Santa Clara.

For festivalgoers: The town of Remedios at the base of the Cayo Santa Maria causeway saves up its energy for December each year, and especially the 24th. The vast Las Parrandas festival takes place in the first weeks of the month before ending on Christmas Eve with street parties, fireworks and music.

For beach lovers: Cayo Santa Maria is one of the best resort islands and has a great range of bars, restaurants and hotels. Throughout each year and especially in mid-summer and mid-winter, there are beach parties, small festivals and performances.


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