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Cayo Largo is part of an archipelago located off the south coast of Cuba and is approximately 40 minutes by air from Havana or Varadero. Sun-drenched beaches stretch for over 17 miles, lapped by the transparent waters of the Caribbean. The mangroves of this natural paradise are home to flamingoes, turtles, iguanas, pelicans and a vast array of tropical birds.The coral reefs house abundant sea life and protect the island, ensuring calm seas and offering the perfect opportunity to visit the neighbouring uninhabited islands or to snorkel and dive. A favourite stop off point for pirates, there are over 200 shipwrecks in the vicinity! There are several different beaches of character on the island, some of which include: Playa Blanca, a long 4-mile stretch popular with nature lovers; Playa Sirena, considered the loveliest beach (shelving quite steeply); Playa Lindamar, a curving beach characterised by beautiful coral reefs; and Playa Tortuga, where giant sea turtles come ashore during breeding season to lay their eggs between May and November. Both laying and hatching can be observed as island personnel watch over and protect the eggs during the 45-day incubation.