What to do and see in Cayo Santa Maria, Villa Clara Province: The Best Places and Tips

Travelers come to this small island north of mainland Cuba to bask in the sun, swim in sparkling blue water, and be pampered at an all-inclusive resort. To explore Cuban culture, you’ll need to go farther afield (this is a planned resort development; employees are bused in), but if you’re simply looking for a stress-free tropical break, Cayo Santa Maria might be perfect for you.

1. Santa Maria Beach

Cuba Outdoor Activities, Nature & Parks, Beaches
Excellent
77%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1783 reviews

Santa Maria Beach

Reviewed By Seated430

Bad experience

Hotel ran out of butter, eggs and bread. Beach is beautiful. Hotel needs lots of work, i.e., employees, watered down drinks, much more

2. Delfinario en Cayo Santa Maria

Pedraplen, Cuba Nature & Parks, Nature & Wildlife Areas
Excellent
52%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
3%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 2917 reviews

Delfinario en Cayo Santa Maria

Reviewed By tommy6_girl9 - Kingston, CanadaKingston, Canada

Fun time

We did the catamaran tour with dolphin and it was a lot of fun. The workers on the catamaran were super great at making sure everyone was having fun and of course with drinks in our hands! Snorkelling was so amazing! Like nothing I’ve ever seen before. Al

3. Plaza La Estrella

Cuba Shopping, Shopping Malls
Excellent
31%
Good
43%
Satisfactory
20%
Poor
4%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 859 reviews

Plaza La Estrella

This is for all people on vacations who want to enjoy recreation, shops, Cuban parties, live music, crafthand souvenirs, have a nice good beberage or a delicious ice cream, taste a delicious dinner or relax with a great massage, we invite you to visit Plaza La Estrella, an ideal place for families, groups and couples with a varied offer for all ages and preferences.

Reviewed By Wfamily3233 - Qualicum Beach, CanadaQualicum Beach, Canada

market area in colonial style

we came twice to this market during our stay on cayo santa maria. It was not busy but the place certainly has potential. The first time we enjoyed an ice cream but the second time it was closed.There are a few stores and restaurants and vendors on the str

4. Playa de las Gaviotas

Cuba Outdoor Activities, Nature & Parks, Beaches
Excellent
80%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
3%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 50 reviews

Playa de las Gaviotas

Reviewed By CHASCO6900 - Barrie, CanadaBarrie, Canada

Great Beach in Park

I have visited a couple of areas in this park at the Eastern tip of the main island. This time I visited this wonderful beach which is protected in a national park. The sand is fine , water is shallow, so you can venture out if the winds co-operate. It wa

5. Plaza Las Dunas

Cuba Shopping, Shopping Malls
Excellent
23%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
39%
Poor
6%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 201 reviews

Plaza Las Dunas

Reviewed By Sue H - CumbriaCumbria

One of the local markets at Cayo Santa Maria

This was very quiet on the day we went. We got the free coach from our hotel, Melia Buenavista. We got dropped off at the market and collected from the Melia Santa Maria which is just along the road. We were only there probably three quarters of an hour.

6. Centre de plongee, Marina Gaviota a Cayo Santa Maria

Enter a destinationCayo Santa Maria, Cuba
Excellent
65%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 242 reviews

Centre de plongee, Marina Gaviota a Cayo Santa Maria

Reviewed By Trent6719 - Prince George, CanadaPrince George, Canada

Fishing and Catamaran was incredible

We did the catamaran which is a good all age event with families. We went snorkeling and saw fish like in a fish tank. We then went to a beach and swam then the dolphins tours. The got a dolphins up close and touch them and watched a show then we had a lobster lunch. I went to the one in Mexico and this deal blows it out of the water. If you book Sunwings on the plane or online way cheaper in Canadian not US.The fishing in that area was very good. I went deep sea and inland. We caught 20 inland. And times three fish on at a time.

7. YHI Spa

Melia Las Dunas Hotel, Cuba Spas & Wellness
Excellent
56%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
3%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 262 reviews

YHI Spa

Reviewed By jacskerr - Stony Plain, CanadaStony Plain, Canada

First class

Visited the spa twice during our short stay and it was excellent both times, my husband had the Chinese massage and raved about it after! I would definitely recommend it to anyone.

8. Melia Buenavista Spa

Punta Madruguilla, 52500, Cuba Spas & Wellness
Excellent
67%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
7%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 52 reviews

Melia Buenavista Spa

Reviewed By Yves P - Ottawa, CanadaOttawa, Canada

Cuba San Valentin

This is still our favourite resort after 13 times.There are some exceptional people like: Pool bar Orestes, Osmani,LesterIn management Rafael Cuban manager who does go and ask guests if they need anything, Lisandro Bar and Food Manager who works extra har

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