Where is it ?
Cayo Las Brujas is an islet of about 7 km2 (2.7 sq. mi) located off the north coast of the province of Villa Clara in Cuba, in the Bahia de Buenavista (Buenavista Bay). With its two neighboring cays, Cayo Ensenachos and Cayo Santa Maria, they together constitute the resort tourist center of "Los Cayos de Villa Clara" also known as the "Cayeria del Norte". See the interactive Google map at the bottom of this page.
Click to view an aerial image of Cayo Las Brujas showing the location of its hotels and services.
The mini-archipelago "Cayos de Villa Clara" is itself part of a much bigger archipelago called "Jardines del Rey" (King's Gardens), it’s in the western part of this large archipelago. This region is also part of the Buenavista Biosphere Reserve recognized by UNESCO. Click to see aerial view of the King's Gardens archipelago.
From an administrative point of view, the "Cayos de Villa Clara" are part of the municipality of Caibarién but the cayos are uninhabited.
The "Cayos de Villa Clara" are connected to the main island of Cuba by a 48-km (29.8 mi) causeway (called Pedraplen in Spanish). This colossal project was carried out in 10 years (1989-1999) and the work was done by the company "Campaña de las Villas". This "road over the sea" starts in the coastal town of Caibarién and reaches first Cayo Las Brujas, then Cayo Ensenachos, and finally Cayo Santa Maria.
A top priority when building the causeway was to preserve the environment by making an opening every kilometer, so they made 46 bridges. This way more than 90% of the original water exchange was preserved in order to minimize the negative impact of the construction on the local marine life of the Bhaia de Buenavista. The longest of these bridges is the “Puente de Los Barcos” (350 meter long / 7 meter high) crossing over the “Canal de Los Barcos” (boat channel), this bridge is a popular fishing spot.
The capital of the province of Villa Clara is Santa Clara; about 100 km from Cayo Las Brujas. It’s a few kilometers from Santa Clara where you can found the Abel SantaMaria Airport (aka Santa Clara Airport, code: SNU), which is the closest international airport serving Cayo Las Brujas, Cayo Ensenachos and Cayo Santa Maria. The transfer between the Santa Clara Airport and Cayo Las Brujas takes about 80 minutes. There’s a small airport directly on Cayo Las Brujas (code MUBR), but it’s only for domestic flights.
The closest towns from Cayo Las Brujas are: Caibarién (about 46 km / 29 mi), Remedios (about 54 km / 33 mi) and Camajuaní (about 73 km / 46 mi). The central location of the province of Villa Clara allows visitors to easily access some other well-known places and cities such as Cienfuegos (167 km / 104 mi), Trinidad (188 km / 117 mi) and the "Sierra del Escambray" (mountain chain and national park). Cuba's capital, Havana, is however quite far from Cayo Las Brujas, about 376 km (231 mi).
You’re also welcome to visit our websites dedicated to the other islets in the Cayos de Villa Clara: Cayo Ensenachos and Cayo Santa Maria
© Google Earth. In the satellite image above, you can see the location of Cayo Las Brujas. Move your mouse pointer over the markers to view the info. Using your mouse, you can move the image (click and drag) to see other points of interest in the region. The mouse's wheel no longer works to zoom in or out.
Lily & Normand