Think holidays in Cuba began and end with Havana? So do most, but look a little beyond the obvious and join the privileged few than discover more!
There’s nothing quite like having something named after you as a means of thanks to your hard work and commitment – something Isla De La Juventud represents in fine form. Having been previously known under the equally charming handles of the Isle of Pines, Parrot Island and even Treasure Islands, Isla De La Juventud was renamed with the current moniker in 1975 as a tribute to youngsters studying, working and basically making the island what it is today – a real Cuban gem!
The region is comprised of nearly 700 small islets and cays, delivering a remarkable sensory experience for any visitor to Cuba in the form of the Los Cannareos archipelago. Nearby hills hide an insurmountable fortune in diverse and frankly stunning marbles, along with lush vegetation that contrasts remarkably with the rough coastlines.
Locals and visitors alike often refer to Isla De La Juventud as the land of ceramic and citrus, as along with the marble deposits the region is also an important centre for fruit production. Prior to harvest season, the air is filled with the intoxicating and unforgettable aroma of lemon blossom, as the enormous orange and grapefruit plantations near readiness. The quality of this fruit is in huge demand all over the world and is not to be missed out on when paying a visit to Cuba.
Such an overwhelming abundance of important historical and archeological sites has seen the Isla De La Juventud become a protected zone recognised all over the world, where rare and exotic creatures like enormous lizards and wild pigs run free as nature intended.