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Central Cuba Travel Guide

Cayo Las Brujas

A piedraplen (causeway) traverses the shallow waters of Bahía Buena Vista (Buena Vista Bay) from the mainland to Cayo Las Brujas and beyond to the larger Cayo Santa María—both in the western half of the Jardines del Rey archipelago. Cayo Santa María has been developed on a grand scale, with giant, all-inclusive beach resorts and today houses the newest and most desirable properties.

Perhaps Cayo Las Brujas' salvation from mass tourism is the result of some kind of spell.

Brujas (pronounced "brew-haas") means "witches," and local legend tells of the clandestine love affair between a fisherman's daughter and a young man. One day he arrived late to their meeting place only to discover a hoary witch in place of his tender love. A statue of the maiden now stares at sea from atop a coral bluff next to the island's one, small hotel—the Villa Las Brujas.

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