Isla de La Juventud or, Island of Youth, as it was named in the 1970s due to its favored location for summer youth camps is a sleepy island unlike mainland Cuba. Nueva Gerona is the capital of the island and could be described as the only place that constitutes anything remotely resembling a town. The city was founded in 1830 by Francisco Dionisio Vives, who was the Spanish governor of Cuba at the time. Oddly enough there is an American graveyard in Nueva Gerona to this day which is popular with Cuban Americans and those studying ancestry.
Nueva Gerona is a busy and relatively prosperous town with the small but colorful streets having more of a provincial Latin American flair than the distinctly Cuban feel of the mainland. Many of the visiting African students who study on the Island of Youth are based in Nueva Gerona giving the town a more cosmopolitan atmosphere than most other towns and cities outside Havana. Also they contribute towards the island’s citrus fruit industry.
Parque Central on Calle 39 is the place where many of Nueva Gerona’s young congregate. At weekends it is also home to some excellent live salsa and, if you are visiting the city, this is a good place to start; it is also home to the local tourist information office and to most of the town’s cafes and restaurants.
Hotel Villa Isla de la Juventud is situated next to the idyllic Las Casas River, in a calm rustic setting, and it is harmonically coupled to the surrounding picturesque landscape. Very Near the capital city of Isla de la Juventud, Nueva Gerona, the resort offers a raised pool with excellent views of the surrounding landscape plus well appointed rooms. This is a good choice for couples, singles and families looking for a budget hotel on the Island of Youth.
This hotel Villa, in a peaceful, picturesque setting, offers you recreational activities, excursions, trips of places of historic interest (such as the “Model” Prison) and evening entertainment in its cabaret bar. The sunset by the pool is another must for guests.
Hotel Isla de la Juventud Villa is about one mile southeast of Nuevo Gerona, amidst woody grounds on the eastern bank of the River Las Casas (a suspension bridge leads across the river).
The 20 air-conditioned and spacious bedrooms are in enclosed two-story blocks, each comprising of four units. Although rooms were recently refurbished to serve foreign tourists, they’re still only functional, with simple rattan decor.
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Welcome to the Hotel El Colony located in the bay of Siguanea, Isla de La Juventud, just 45 minutes away from Nueva Gerona airport which itself is just 35 minutes from Havana by airplane. Within one hour of leaving Havana you could be walking on the beach at our Hotel. The spacious and sun-lit, but sparsely furnished lobby is enlivened by lime-green lounge chairs and has a small general store. This colorful hotel dates back to 1958, when it began life as a Hilton Hotel quipped with a casino. The El Colony Hotel is situated on a heavenly coral-colored beach of fine sand.
Isla de La Juventud, also called “the island of a thousand names” due to the many names it has had since Christopher Columbus discovered it, at which time he named it La Evangelista. The Indians called it Camargo, Guanaja and Siguanea. Governor Diego Velázquez called it simply “Santiago”. Others have called it Treasure Island (because it was where Robert Louis Stevenson set his famous novel); Cotorras (Parrot) Island, because of the abundance of parrots here; and, more recently the Isle of Pines. In the 1970s, because of the many schools in the countryside that were built here, its name was officially changed to Isle of Youth. It is the second largest island in the Cuban archipelago (2,357 square km. – 910 square miles). Its many attractions include the Punta Francés National Marine Park, Bibijagua Beach, the Los Indios-San Felipe Natural Preserve, the pictographs in Punta del Este caves, the Colony International Scuba-Diving Center, El Abra Farm and the “Model” Prison.
Guests at Hotel El Colony can benefit from the facilities offered by the International Diving Centre which gives access to some of the world’s best dive sites. For more details please visit the El Colony International Scuba Diving Centre or the Hotel El Colony websites.
The 77 air-conditioned guest rooms and 24 bungalows have cool white tiles underfoot. All have satellite TV plus telephones. By day, guests can partake of various water sports, and cars can be rented for forays further afield. The nightlife is low-key, and the hotel is too far (about 45 kilometers) from Nueva Gerona to make a nocturnal sojourn a possibility.
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The Rancho El Tesoro Villa is located in a tranquil setting, and it is harmonically linked to the surrounding picturesque landscape. The accommodation is popular among anglers, but it’s definitely a nice option for visitors on their way to the International Diving Center El Colony in the west and right next to the city of Nueva Gerona.
Adorned with fake ramparts like a colonial fortification and painted in a strange red hue, Rancho El Tesoro looks more like a castle than a Hotel. Actually it was a popular of chateau in the 1950s. In the midst of a rich and abundant nature, in a quiet serene setting, a North American had constructed its holiday home in the vicinity of the River Las Casas. The rooms arranged for relatives and lodgers, now host international tourism, although on a relatively small scale.
Book a night in this hotel after your arrival at the airport of Nueva Gerona and explore other sites of the undiscovered Isle of Youth. The north- eastern beach “Playa Bibijagua” is known for its black volcanic sand. The former prison (Presidio Modelo), to where the attackers of Moncada barracks (1953) were sent, is now a national monument. Similarly, La Finca El Abra, where the young José Martí was confined is now a Cuban memorial museum. Rancho el Tesoro is a quaint accommodation with onsite facilities such as a bar, restaurant and lobby.
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A Casa Particular in Isla de la Juventud or home stay on Isla de la Juventud will ensure you experience both the wonders of Isla de la Juventud’s amazing culture, immersed in one-on-one contact with your Cuban hosts. Learn about Isla de la Juventud’s rich history, together with true Cuban hospitality. The owners of your casa particular in Isla de la Juventud speak fluent English and have a profound knowledge of the city and its many sights. Any questions you wish to ask will be answered instantly by the Cuban family you are staying with. Some of our casa particulares also offer meals and drinks, meaning you’ll get to try some authentic Cuban food also.
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Isla de la Juventud Cuba is a large island, best explored using a rent a car. For this reason, we have some incredible Isla de la Juventud Car rental offers from economic cars to family focused Minivan and Vans. We also offer cheap economy cars on the Isla de la Juventud in Cuba, especially for budget conscious travelers. Booking your Cuba Car Hire in advance is crucial to your trip and, by checking our rates and availability you’ll be able to find the car to suit your budget and ensure it is ready and waiting on the exact day and time you choose.
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If you’d prefer a “one-price” offer, we have our FlexiDrive® Road Trip program. It includes both a rental car and hotel voucher to visit any hotel across Cuba within the program, drive at your own pace, without making forward bookings of more than 24 hours in advance and ensuring absolute freedom to discover our beautiful country. The FlexiDrive® package is available from 7 to 30 days, you decide the duration! This package helps you save BIG on your Isla de la Juventud Car rental.
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There a numerous excellent hotels in Cayo Largo. Isla de La Juventud is the controlling municipality and provincial center for the Cayo Largo and Cayo Largo del Sur vacation resorts. These two islands offer a series of luxury Hotels along with pristine beaches and beautiful scenery. Over the past decade Cayo Largo and Cayo Largo del Sur have become extremely popular with Canadian tourists, these making up the bulk of visitors to both islands.
Isla de Juventud plans both a ferry service to the islands and, our provincial government is in talks with Thomas Cook and Thomson holidays (UK) for Cayo Largo del Sur to be a cruise stopover port commencing 2016. This will bring more tourism to the islands along with increased awareness of the Jardines de La Reina archipelago.
Here is a list of all the hotels in Cayo Largo. Due to unique agreements between the province and the hotel chains, these hotels can be booked in advance while payment will only be taken after you have checked into the hotel. There is also numerous up-to-date Cayo Largo Hotel Reviews form the past 6 months.
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Note – All the Hotels in Cayo Largo are All-Inclusive properties.
Isla de la Juventud Cuba Mobile phone network coverage is very good these days. Some areas of Isla de la Juventud may offer limited coverage but overall it’s good. Unless you use a US mobile operator it’s more than likely that you will be able to use roaming in Isla de la Juventud but this can be expensive. Staying connected in Cuba at a better rate will mean obtaining a Cuba SIM Card throughout your stay. Using cell phones in Cuba and Isla de la Juventud is then much like anywhere else in the world where you can purchase Cubacel prepaid SIM card and use this anywhere in Cuba. You can purchase these prepaid Cuba SIM cards at the offices below and also recharge the phone with credit at these locations. Also, many hotels and stores in Isla de la Juventud offer prepaid recharge cards should you need to do this on the go. If you have a credit card there are often Cubacel double recharge offers but to obtain these you will need to go on the internet as they are never available directly at Cubacel Offices in Isla de la Juventud Cuba.
GPRS, Mobile Internet & 3G connections can also be used in Isla de la Juventud Cuba. Cuba offers mobile internet to cell phone users with almost 100% national coverage but, this is more expensive than you are accustomed to and the network can be slower in Isla de la Juventud Cuba than other countries.
If you decide to take your own mobile phone to Isla de la Juventud Cuba, please be aware that it will need to be unlocked and operate on the 900 to 1800 MHz GSM frequency. Almost all mobile phones produced since 2005 are quad band and as such will work but, please check your owner manual to avoid disappointment.
Isla de la Juventud Main ETECSA Office – Calle 41 No. 2804 Esquina 28 Nueva Gerona, Isla de la Juventud.
Isla de la Juventud Cell phone Recharge & Mobile Centers
Isla de la Juventud UNAICC, calle 24 Esq. 33 From Monday to Saturday Alternate weekends
Cuba Hotels by province is offered exclusively from the Cuba Isla de La Juventud team at Travelucion. Browse Cuban hotels by category, price or read Cuban Hotel Reviews. Travelucion also offers independent reviews on over 400 Casa particular in Cuba all accessible from the links below and conveniently situated in each Cuban province.
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