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Cayo Largo or Santa Maria

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Cayo Largo or Santa Maria

I have been to the Melia in Santa Maria and it was wonderful with spectacular beaches. I was just wondering if there is much difference between the beaches there and those in Cayo Largo.I don't see how they can get any better than Santa Maria. Largo would also be cheaper but flight times not as good and an apparent stop in Santiago De Cuba.

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Never been to Cayo santa Maria, but the beaches of Cayo Largo are INSANE! Playa Sirena is on a different Planet!

What's wrong with Stopping at a different airport, on the way. The way I look at it, is you'll get a small look at another place in Cuba.

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We also have been to Cayo Largo and the beaches there are awsome....You will not regret it ....We stayed at the Sol Cayo Largo..

Safe Travels....

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We have now been to both places:

Sol Cayo Largo -Jan 2008

Sol Cayo Santa Maria-Jan 2010

They are quite similar with long walks to be had on white sand beaches. Cayo Largo is flatter and easier to walk in most places. Snorkling to be had at both. Also C/O beach area at both, as well, near the Sols. Be aware it can be windier at Santa Maria and beach face is northerly, Cayo Largo seemed to be calmer and beach face is southerly.........Water is crystal clear and sand goes on into the water forever.

Both Sols are very similar with decent food, rooms good enough for the short time you should be in them and very good staff. Very spread out for only 300 rooms each. Lots of walking. But that's okay......

Both are very quiet!

Can recommend building 38 at CL and building 28 at CSM

Going back to Sol Cayo Santa Maria in 2 weeks on 17 March...good deals to be had out of Calgary! Hope weather is a bit better than in January.

Best thing about Cayo Santa Maria.........you don't have to go thru PET airport in Montreal like we have to for Cayo Largo! It is the most traveller unfriendly airport in the world!

Direct flights from YYC to SNU......good times too!


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Never been to CL but the beaches at CSM are the most beautiful i've seen. It is true though that in certain times of the year it is very windy (Jan to Apr mostly).

I have been around in this forum and other for a while and I've seen many reviews from people that had been around in Cuba and other caribeean destinations that said CSM had the best beach. Who knows!

The beach itself isn't wide and sometimes uneven because of the waves in windy days but the water is crystal clear and the sand is like a white powder and you can walk for 11km one way! no trouble finding a spot on the beach that is quiet with no one else around.

Of all the hotels though, the barcelo has the best strech of beach, widest, flatest and very slow slopes into the ocean with sandbankshere and there! Fantastic!

There is also one or 2 sections of that beach that is for nudists.

Sigh, can't wait to go back in April!

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Sounds beautiful....

My husband has been to Cayo Largo and said it is the nicest beach he has ever seen. This will be his and my first trip to Santa Maria. Who know's, maybe he will think its nicer.

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Thanks to everyone for their imput. I have one more question about jellyfish. Having been to the Cayos of the north shore and dealing sometimes with fairly large numbers of jellyfish I was wondering if Largo has the same problem. I have also seen a few in Holguin and Varadero but nothing like Cayo Coco and Santa Maria.

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We have been to Cayo Largo 3 times and CSM 3 times. We love the beaches at both places and actually found this time that the beach at CSM seemed to be harder packed and more like CL than the last time we were there. Cayo Largo beaches are usually much narrower but less crowded. Both areas you can walk for miles. I would say that the MCSM is the nicer hotel. We usually go to CL but we didn't like the flight times and CSM I have not seen jelly fish at either place.

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We have been to both and all I can say is that the beaches are fantastic, period. Different, but both offer long solitary walks, peace and quiet, crystal clear waters, wildlife. If you like C/O, you will probably find CSM more relaxing as it is much roomier.

We are headed back to CSM on April 25,.Would have been just as happy with CL but it was not available to us in that timeframe. We enjoy the laidback air of the Sols in both locations.

The snow is blowing around outside my window, but I just booked today!



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