Clothing optional beach in Cayo Santa Maria
Cayo Santa Maria is a small island of thirteen kilometers long and two kilometers wide, located north of the island of Cuba in the « Jardines del Rey » or King's Garden. This sector of Cuba is part of the Biosphere Reserve of UNESCO. To reach the island, they built a forty-eight kilometer long causeway (dike) in the sea or « pedraplen ». The beaches of Cayo Santa Maria are located north of the island.
The six sectors (not connected) of beaches (10 kilometers long) are perfect for walkers and also for those wishing to relax in the sun. The hotels in Cayo Santa Maria are located on the longest beach of the island (6.2 km) called Playa Santa Maria. The virgin sector of the main beach is located west, between the hotel Sol Cayo Santa Maria (the first hotel of the island) and the Melia Buenavista.
The history of naturism in Cayo Santa Maria is closely linked to Cayo Largo. In November 2001 the hurricane Michele (level 4) struck Cayo Largo and close this destination for several months. The regulars must then find another sunny destination during its convalescence period.
We were supposed to go to Cayo Largo in December 2001, but the destination was closed. The hotel Villa Caprichio (the Mecca of naturism in Cayo Largo) has been completely destroyed by the hurricane. We could not go to Cayo Largo. After reading of the travel reports of Cayo Santa Maria, it became obvious that it would be our choice. It was a beautiful experience. A small virgin island with kilometers of pristine beach. Only one hotel on 6 kilometers of beach!
The Cayo Largo lovers find themselves at the Sol Cayo Santa Maria. Like many regulars are naturists, these people see in this new destination an opportunity to create an alternative to Cayo Largo. After discussion with the director of the hotel (Krister Esteban), an area was designated as nudist beach, the west sector of the hotel beach (west footbridge).
The naturist beach of Cayo Santa Maria is about 1.5 km out of the 6 km of the main beach « Playa Santa Maria ». This mean 25%, therefore, is the second longest naturist beach of Cuba after Cayo Largo.
Unfortunately Playa Perla Blanca is now close to the public because of the construction of the new hotel. It was possible to enjoy nudism at that beach years ago. Future will tell us if there will be a nude sector. It is up to us!
There is no naturist hotel (nor swinger) in Cayo Santa Maria. Naturism (nudism) is strictly reserved to the beach and not in the hotel ground. Please respect this policy to avoid losing this privilege.
It is important to realize that naturism in Cayo Santa Maria is made possible and continues to exist through a policy of tolerance shown by the Cubans, but also because of the friendly behavior of tourists. Hence the importance of acting responsibly and in mutual respect for everyone (naturists and non-naturists).
Cayo Santa Maria invites you to be try the sensation of being nude in the sun for the following reasons :
The nude beach of the Sol Cayo Santa Maria...
There are two types of palapas in this sector ... The conventional palapa and the shelters. It is a good idea to bring an umbrella or a small tent on the beach, because there is no natural shade and palapas are not sufficient for all the people going to this sector.
In this area, you find naturists, topless, people in bathing suit and sometimes mixed couples (naturist and textiles). HOWEVER, because there are not many chairs and palapas, it is courteous to leave this area for nudists.
It is important to realized that no one is forced to be naked in this sector of the beach. People in bathing suits wishing to walk towards west may cross the nudist area without having to get naked! It is highly recommanded to stay at the Sol to enjoy this beach.
If you are staying in other hotels of Cayo Santa Maria and want to go to the clothing optional beach, click to see a satellite image with information on the distance from the hotels. Please do not use the services of the hotel Sol.
Hoping these informations about naturism will answer your questions you have about this subject, and, who knows may be try it. Many people immediately loved the experience and return to Cayo Santa Maria and Cayo Largo to relive the feeling of freedom. The Sol hotel is very popular by naturists.
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