Punta Francés

Isla de la Juventud

This beach is the location of the National Maritime Park, accessible by a 90-minute boat ride from the marina just south of Hotel Colony. The white-sand beach is ground zero for divers who head for the reefs just offshore. However, it's also a fine place to lounge, swim, snorkel and enjoy a pristine paradise. Non-divers are welcome to use the boat. There's a small beach-shack restaurant.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Isla de la Juventud attractions

1. La Jungla de Jones

26.96 MILES

Situated 6km west of La Fe, several kilometers off the main road (look for the sign), Jungla de Jones is a 'botanical garden' containing more than 80 tree…

2. Playa Larga

27.16 MILES

Playa Larga is the star of La Isla's south-coast beaches, lying about 12km south of the village of Cayo Piedra. The long strip of white sand fronting a …

3. Presa El Abra

27.92 MILES

Where have all the folk from Nueva Gerona gone? Gone to cool off in Presa El Abra, every one. On a scalding La Isla afternoon, you'd best join them. With…

4. Museo Finca el Abra

29.08 MILES

On October 17, 1870, the teenage José Martí spent nine weeks of exile at this farm-prison before his deportation to Spain. Legend has it that the…

5. Criadero Cocodrilo

29.92 MILES

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