Cayo Largo del Sur, or simply Cayo Largo is a small resort island off Cuba’s southern coast, on the Caribbean Sea. It is the second largest island in the Canarreos Archipelago and is part of the special municipality of Isla de la Juventud. Its white-sand beaches and spectacular scenery make it one the country’s most popular and sought-after destinations. It also a great place for scuba diving; protected from strong sea currents, the seabed is varied and unspoiled, with an abundance of underwater caves, valleys and steep, gorgonian-encrusted walls.
On dry land, the lush island gives nature-lovers lots to enjoy. Spend a moonlit evening watching turtles nest on the beach. Native wildlife also includes flamingos, iguanas and Cuba’s tiny bee hummingbirds. Both Cayo Largo and Isla de La Juventud have fascinating museums with unique artifacts and exhibits. A particular point of interest is the Cueva de Punta del Este, called the ‘aboriginal Sistine Chapel’ – a cave featuring hundreds of historic pictographs.