Villa Clara Province is located in the center of Cuba, bordering the
Atlantic Ocean. The sprawling Archipelago Jardines del Rey – with its
2500 islets and keys – is strung along the coast here.
Three ‘cayos’ (keys) in particular make superb beach vacation
destinations: Las Brujas, Ensenachos and Santa María. The breathtaking
beaches of these cayos, along with the variety of maritime diversions on
offer including scuba diving, snorkeling, and deep-sea fishing, are the
main draws here. The cayos are connected to the Cuban mainland (at
Caibarién) by a causeway built to provide access to these paradisiacal
Santa Clara is the provincial capital and makes a worthwhile stop en
route to the cayos and beaches to the north. It’s where Che Guevara led
rebels in the Cuban Revolution’s decisive victory, leading to the
construction of the impressive monument to and mausoleum of the
Santa Clara also has four universities and unique cultural centers,
contributing to a stimulating, urbane atmosphere – kick back on a park
bench in the city’s Parque Vidal to get a taste. Santa Clara is also
home to the "Naranjas", the provincial baseball team.
Remedios, one of Cuba’s oldest cities; is an archetypical colonial town and a picturesque stop on the way to the cayos.
In addition to tourism, important facets of the province’s economy
include sugar (Villa Clara is Cuba’s second largest sugar producing
area) and other crops, particularly tobacco.
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