Life moves more slowly in this small rural town, and you can too. But there is plenty to do in the beautiful surrounding countryside. Explore the evocatively named Valle del Silencio where you can visit a small cave, a coffee farm and, of course, a tobacco plantation. Here you will learn the art of producing and rolling a classic Cuban cigar. You can also discover the Santo Tomas Caves with a personal guide, Cuba’s largest limestone cave system, or enjoy a half day trekking by horseback.
CAYO LAS BRUJAS
Dive the remains of S.S San Pasqual, an oil tanker ship from World War I, that was purchased in 1924 by the Old Times Molasses Company of La Havana and used to store molasses. In 1933, she sank off the coast of Cayo Las Brujas, where she remains to this day. Legend has it that due to rumours of the boat being haunted, no one ever recovered the stored sugarcane after she went down. Now, 80 years later, the sugarcane has fermented, producing a ship full of rum.
The city of Che, Santa Clara was the site of the last conflict of the Cuban Revolution. Visit the Guevara Memorial with an expert historian where you can see his final resting place as well various artifacts including his gun, medical certificates, binoculars, and water bottle, as well as pictures of the revolutionary smoking cigars and playing golf.
JARDINES DEL REY
Kitesurf with a skilled instructor at Cayo Guillermo, one of Cuba’s most popular kitesurfing spots, or dive with your Pelorus Dive Master in the coral reef off the north coast of Cayo Coco. Attracting divers from across the world, the reef offers an abundance of sea life such as tarpon, jacks, spadefish, big snappers, groupers, sharks, and barracudas. Dives vary from 5m to 30m.
Pelorus can arrange all necessary permits and special permissions for yachts seeking to cruise in some usually difficult to access areas in Cuba. Get in touch to find out more.