Welcome to Cayerías del Norte
Cuba’s newest tourist project splays across a scattered archipelago of pancake-flat keys off the north coast of Villa Clara Province. While avoiding some of the erstwhile architectural hideousness of other Cuban resorts, development here is wide-reaching and rapid, and sits a little awkwardly alongside the Buenavista Unesco Biosphere Reserve, which it abuts. The keys were still a mosquito-infested wilderness until 1998 when the first hotel went up. As of 2017, there are over a dozen almost identical all-inclusive resorts (and more on the way) supporting a clientele that's 85% Canadian. Located on three different keys – Cayo las Brujas, Cayo Ensenachos and Cayo Santa María – linked by an impressive 48km causeway called El Pedraplén, the enclave aims at the luxury end of the market.
For day-trippers, the Cayerías have a couple of public-access beaches, water activities bookable through the Gaviota-run marina, and a small fauna refuge. Resorts sell day-use passes from around CUC$70.