Centro de Rescate de Tortugas Marinas

A small, often-closed complex beyond the airstrip on the northwest end of the island in the settlement of Combinado. From May to September guides here can organize nighttime turtle-watching on the Cayo's beaches, one of only two places in Cuba where this is possible.

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