The northern coastline of Cayo Las Brujas boasts two very nice beaches, Playa La Salina and Playa Caracol
Click the name of a beach on the left menu to view a pictures and its position on a map.
Playa La Salina:
This is the longest one (about 2.4 km / 1.5 mi long). Its name comes from a long-abandoned salt works located south of this beautiful beach. The area was recently filled with rocks and sand in order to build all-inclusive hotels. Playa La Salina is one the most beautiful beaches in the "Cayos de Villa Clara" archipelago.
Playa Caracol (Manteca):
It's located north of Playa La Salina, between Punta Farallon de la Bomba and Punta San Agustin. It’s also a nice beach, but shorter, about 400 meters long. Note that these two beaches (La Salina and Caracol) are not connected to each other.
There are two other short beaches (90 and 60 meters long) located between Punta San Agustin and the San Agustin Channel, but they are not accessible by road (at least for now). We learn that this channel (1.5 to 10 meters deep) is apparently a good fishing spot to catch tarpon, snapper, groupers, jacks, barracudas, snooks and many other species.
Type of beach
Both Cayo Las Brujas beaches (Playa La Salina and Playa Caracol) are made of very fine white sand, with crystal-clear turquoise waters; the perfect place to swim and relax under the sun, and also a walker’s paradise. Every beach slopes very gently to calm and shallows waters due to its sand dune. Note that all beaches in Cuba are public, therefore accessible to everyone (tourists and locals).
There are two accesses to Playa La Salina, the main one is from hotel Villa Las Brujas, and the other one is at the other extremity on this stretch of beach which is accessible by a small road near the Las Brujas airport. Playa la Salina is currently mainly used by the Villa Las Brujas patrons and by Cuban families; there’s a place where one can park its vehicle when coming from nearby cayos or cities. But with all the construction projects in this area, it’s hard to say if this access will still be available in the near-future. More info to come!
Note that the restaurant of Hotel Villa Las Brujas is open to everyone. The food is great and not expensive. If you want to have lunch at the restaurant «El Farallón», you need to go to the front desk and pay 15 CUC per person (2017) which gives you access to the beach for the day (chairs, palapas and shower) and a 12 CUC credit to eat and drink at their restaurant. You may choose any items in their menu and if the check exceeds 12 CUC, you simply pay the difference. It' a perfect spot for independent travelers on tour through Cuba to stop and enjoy some beach time in a spectacular and natural environement.
Note that since the spring 2014, Cuban Immigration systematically stamps all passports when entering and leaving the country. And also: Since May 1, 2015, the Cuban Departure Tax is no longer paid at destination. It should now be included in the price of your trip when buying a flight-only or vacation package to Cuba.
In October 2013, the Cuban government announced its intention to eliminate the dual currency system, unique in the world. The Cuban peso (CUP) would become the official currency and the convertible peso (CUC) would be phased out. No official timetable has been announced, although Raul Castro is firmly committed to implementing this economic project as soon as possible. More information to come.
Lily & Normand