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Things to do in Cayo Santa María include snorkelling or scuba diving off its coral-clad shores. Go shopping in Cayo Santa María at pueblos between resorts where you can find cigar or local craft shops. Your hotel or resort can help with Cayo Santa Maria excursions to nearby towns like Santa Clara with its revolutionary history and Che Guevara Mausoleum.
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What to eatPlantains (fried or served sweetened), Cuban-style paella, fresh fruit and beach-side barbequed meats.
What to bring backHandmade arts and crafts from local vendors at the Pueblo La Estrella, a Cuban market between resorts, and Cuban sugar from former plantations (this region used to be a hub for sugar production).
Fun FactCayo Santa Maria was completely uninhabited until the construction of a pedraplén (causeway) linking it to the nearest mainland town of Caibarién in 1989. Plus, the first hotel was only built in 2001! The small key is part of the Buenavista Biosphere Reserve, home to coral reefs, pristine beaches, coastal or mangrove forests and a diversity of native flora and fauna.
Important InfoFor more information on all necessary travel documents, visa, taxes and more, check Air Canada’s Travel Requirements page and the Government of Canada’s Travel and Tourism website.
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