Santa Maria Beach
Santa Maria Beach
4.5
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nikos troullinos
Athens, Greece20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
A independent visit to Cayo Santa Maria..
Our goal was to visit the remout beach of Playa las Gaviotas ...
.the only beach in the island which is free (a 5$ enter ticket at the entrance) and untouched by the large resorts and hotels....
The Gaviotas supposed to be a presarved Park ...
We arranged a trip from Caibarien town by old American car (cost 15-17$ per person the transport, return and waiting from 9.00 to 16.00 local time communication with these drivers WhatsApp number ENDY 5353674784) .
After entering the Causeway- in a few klm we reached a checkpoint....
At that checkpoint we were informed by the drivers that we HAVE to buy a ticket- voucher cost 20$ in order ti enter to Cayo Santa Maria..
..then we realised that was a ticket not to enter to Cayo-island...BUT was a ticket to enter to specific Hotel( Pueblo Flor de Sal) and during our stay there we could spend 15$ for lunch....
I suggest that was a commition for car drivers and to specific tourist agency ...and NOT a ticket to enter to Cayo Santa Maria
Finally we went to Playa Gaviotas....this is the best beach in Cuba and probably to all Caribbeans....a miracle of nature... amazing colours... White sand for kilometres and nobody there....there are same hats for our protection from the sun....
Be careful from that drap....with the obligatory ticket-voucher at the entrance
Written 23 May 2024
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Josie C
Brighton, UK582 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Visited this beach by classic car approx 45 minutes from cruise terminal. Driver dropped us off and picked us up around 4 hours later. Had a great lunch at nearby Ranchon don pepe. Amazing food at excellent prices. Highly recommend.
Written 28 February 2024
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DMS
59 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
Beach goes on for miles. Inquire about snorkeling spots as some spots are not that good. Very walkable and beautiful. Runs in front of many resort hotels.
Written 12 February 2024
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Wally S
Markdale, Canada21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
Things have substantially bounced back from a year ago at the resort. We experienced no supply issues and weather was great. The beach is one of the finest we have experienced, You can comfortably walk on this flour type sand for over 7km and enjoy swims in the crystal clear water.

What makes this resort and others in Cuba are the staff. Despite having very little for themselves and the poor economic conditions of the country these lovely people never stop expressing their love with smiles and hugs.

Hats off to our friend and butler Richard Diaz Peralta for ensuring our stay was memorable. Daily he greeted us with a smile, good morning and wanted to be sure that everything was ok. He answered any questions we had and was a good resource and ambassador of the Sanctuary Resort.

This was our tenth time at the Sanctuary and although it is showing it’s age the Cuban staff keep it clean and inviting. We spend our time enjoying the beautiful grounds and less concerned about state of the art guest rooms.

Food is well prepared and presented. Additional a La carte restaurants will open as the high season approaches.

Very good value for what you pay! Enjoy the human positive vibes the Cubans give to you.
Written 4 December 2023
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Aurore M
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Hello ; we just came back from Cuba We when to Cayo Santa Maria Santuary at Grand Memories.What a wonderful trip beach are turquoise and hot the sand is white the pool are so warm people are amazing traveler and peoples who are working in the resert the staff are so amazing and our Buthler LAHIS who are a angel try to please all her clients like if they where king of the place unbeliable what this girlsdo to please everyone .So if you go to Santa Maria when you reserve ask for LAHIS to be your Buthler and you will be very happy for her services.Aurore Martin
Written 11 October 2023
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Chris and Rhonda
10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
Another fantastic trip to Cuba!
We really enjoy the Royalton in Santa Maria. Every morning we are greeted by our amazing butlers, Ketia and Alexis. They ask if we need anything, let us know of anything going on that day, and are always available to help/answer questions. Since Covid, the resort is now getting more items, such as Crystal beer and more food options. If you like condiments, you may want to bring some with you. A lot of people wonder about tipping. We have Canadian/US 1$ bills. If you really appreciate the service, then tip :0) The beach is beautiful and always cleaned (no seaweed etc.). I have allergies, and they are always making sure to have something I can eat.
Written 27 March 2023
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Stefanie T
Ottawa, Canada24 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
Ocean a beautiful turquoise color. Beach advertised as 11km long. Narrow and crowded and noisy at the Sanctuary at Grand Memories end. Loud music being played by resort staff blaring from loud speakers.
Written 20 February 2023
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Shiva
Richmond Hill, Canada129 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
Beautiful sand and shallow waters, great for small children as well. There were jelly fish one day in all Santa Maria beaches. We didn't see them and went in, got stung and came out. The itch and redness went away by the night, so all was good.
Written 11 February 2023
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Pierre P
québec19 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
the beach was rocky because of recent storms. chairs were insufficient when the hotel is booked 100% and this caused some friction among guests.
Written 4 February 2023
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Sue N
Burlington, Canada8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
The beach is stunning, clear white sand and rich, blue water. Worth’s the 2hr trip from the airport.
Written 21 January 2023
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