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The special municipality named Isle of Youth, the largest of the more than 600 isles forming the southern Archipelago of Los Canarreos, is called by many the "isle of the thousand names" because of the many names it has had since Christopher Columbus discovered it.

Natives used to call it Camarcó at the time it was discovered on his second journey, June 13 of 1494, by the admiral form Genova Christopher Colombus, who at the time named it La Evangelista. Isle of the Treasure and Isle of the Parrots were names also given to this place before Spain decided to colonize it at the beginning of the XIX century, turning it into the colony of Reina Amalia (Queen Amalia), founding its capital, Nueva Gerona, on December 17 of 1830. In the 1970s, because of the many schools in the countryside that were built there, its name was officially changed to Isle of Youth.

It is the second largest island in the Cuban archipelago. Its many attractions include the Punta Francés National Marine Park, Bibijagua Beach, the Los Indios-San Felipe Natural Preserve, the pictographs in Punta del Este caves, the Colony International Scuba-Diving Center, El Abra Farm and the "Model" Prison.

Places to stay

  1. The Colony Hotel

Places to eat

  1. El Galeón (The Colony Hotel)
  2. El Cazador(The Colony Hotel)
  3. El Cochinito

 


cayo largo del sur beaches

Cayo Largo del Sur 

It is located in the middle of the Caribbean Sea, in the eastern end of Los Canarreos Archipelago, covering an area of 37 square kilometers, the islet is 135 kilometers from Nueva Gerona the capital of Isle of Youth. Travelers can reach Cayo Largo del Sur by plane, landing at Vilo Acuña International Airport, which can receive big planes.

 


Cayo Rico, Cayo Cantiles and Cayo Iguana 

All these cays stand out for their breathtaking natural beauty…


punta frances marinePunta Frances Marine National Park 

The place that served as refuge for Cuba’s first inhabitants witnessed the visits of many corsairs and pirates from the 16th to the 19th centuries. Underwater research at the cove on Frances cape in 1978 served for selecting 40 diving sites and this has evolved into the international diving center at the Colony hotel.

 


Model PrisonPresidio Modelo (Model Prison) 

A unique facility in America Latina for its size and panoptic design, it is made up to 34 buildings. The project was based on a prison at Jolliet, Illinois.

 


bibijagua beach

Bibijagua beach 

The beach stands out from others in the island and in the rest of Cuba because of the black color of its sand, the result of the erosion of black marble. Very near to the Model Prison it has a modern hotel and other facilities.

 

 

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