Nature Reserve in Cayerías del Norte

Refugio de Fauna Cayo Santa María

You can forge your own way into what's left of Cayo Santa María's natural habitat in this fauna refuge. A small booth (sometimes unmanned) with various signage is at a bend in the main road just after the Hotel...

Historic Site in Cayerías del Norte

San Pascual

One of the area's oldest and oddest curiosities is this San Diego tanker, built in 1920 and wrecked in 1933 on the far side of Cayo Francés, just west of Cayo las Brujas. Later the ship was used to store...

Beach in Cayerías del Norte

Playa Las Gaviotas

One of the few beaches left on Cayo Santa María not connected to a resort, Playa Las Gaviotas is located inside a nature reserve at the far east of the island. Pay your entry fee in the car park and follow a 700m...

Seafood in Cayerías del Norte

Restaurante 'El Bergantín'

The lobster in this Gaviota-run restaurant might not be the cheapest in Cuba, but it's undoubtedly the freshest, courtesy of the on-site lobster nursery; yes, the clawed creatures are literally living within...

Italian in Cayerías del Norte


Santa Clara and Remedios would love a restaurant like this; the all-inclusive crowd have to pay extra for the pleasure of eating here, so generally don't. That's a mistake, as the pizza beats the majority of...

Shopping Center in Cayerías del Norte

Plaza La Estrella

Welcome to a Cuban town full of…Canadians. It’s hard to know what to make of this mock colonial village with its imitation Manaca Iznaga tower and phony plaza surrounded by shops, a bowling alley, spa-gymnasium...

Shopping Center in Cayerías del Norte

Las Terrazas del Atardecer

The newest of the three shopping/entertainment centers on Cayo Santa María, this one has its own beach – although you're supposed to pay CUC$5 to use it. There's also the obligatory bowling alley, multiple shops...

Shopping Center in Cayerías del Norte

Plaza Las Dunas

One of three 'toy town' shopping centers on the cayos, this one comes complete with fake Spanish galleon, fake lighthouse and fake town square. Granted, it isn't ugly and the shops might come in handy if you've...

International in Cayerías del Norte

Farallón Restaurant

If you buy a day pass to enjoy Playas Las Salinas, you'll be eating in the strategically located if gastronomically mediocre Farallón, perched like a bird's nest overlooking the blissful beach. It's part of the...

Live Music in Cayerías del Norte

Jazz Bar

If you get sick of Kyle from Kitchener, Ontario, hogging the karaoke machine, head over to this jazz bar in the Plaza La Estrella shopping center for momentary solace.