Cayo Largo del Sur

Discover the tropical charm of Cayo Largo, an ideal destination to disconnect and relax in Cuba

Exploring Cayo Largo del Sur

Cayo Largo del Sur in Cuba is a coral key in the shape of a bar with modern and comfortable hotels. It is located in the Caribbean Sea, at the eastern end of the Canarreos Archipelago. It constitutes one of the Cuban tourist destinations par excellence, isolated and quiet, well preserved; it has the exact image of a Caribbean site with coconut palms, beaches of fine white sands and turquoise waters where turtles still come to lay their eggs. It has beautiful coral reefs where fish and crustaceans live.

No permanent Cuban settlement has ever existed on the Cayo. Instead, the island was developed in the early 1980s purely as a tourism enterprise.

Cayo Largo del Sur is largely frequented by Italian tourists – several resorts here cater exclusively to them. The other all-inclusives are less picky. The heavenly beaches surpass most visitors’ expectations of Caribbean paradise and are renowned for their size, emptiness and nesting turtles. There’s also a profusion of iguanas and birdlife, including hummingbirds and flamingos.


The name responds to the elongated form, which is complemented with a history whose origin goes back to the time of the aborigines, because in that portion of land were located remains belonging to the Siboney culture.

Cayo Largo del Sur was also a 1494 point of travel for Admiral Christopher Columbus linked to numerous corsairs and pirates who operated in the extensive waters of the Caribbean Sea.

Mains Sights

  • Sirena Beach
  • Crocodile Nursery
  • Cayo Rico
  • Los Cocos Beach
  • Iguana Key
  • Sea Turtle Rescue Center
  • Tortuga Beach
  • Paradise Beach

Cayo Rico

A big day-trip destination between Cayo Largo Cuba and Isla de la Juventud. Boat excursions to the beaches leave from the hotels. Rico also has a simple beach restaurant that serves lunch (included). Cheaper excursions also leave from Marina Internacional Cayo Largo.

Playa Tortuga

Beyond Playa los Cocos at the far end of the island is this beach, where sea turtles lay their eggs in the sand in the summer.

Cayo Iguana

Off the northwest tip of Cayo Largo Cuba, Cayo Iguana is home to, that’s right, hundreds of iguanas. A catamaran trip with snorkeling and lunch.