Originally a simple fishing and salt-collecting village east of the Bahía de Nuevitas, Santa Lucía has been attracting tourists—mostly Germans and Italians—for decades, and all you need is a glimpse of the beach to understand why. Its 20-km (12-mile) swath of white sand, shaded by coconut palms and lapped by blue-green waters, is as impressive as any beach on the island. About a mile offshore is a barrier reef that beckons both divers and snorkelers, and in the Bahía de Nuevitas are the ruins of a Spanish fort and other reminders of the days when pirates threatened the region. The tourist area consists of five hotels and other facilities scattered along a 2-km (1-mile) stretch of beach just west of town.
When there was every reason in the world to stay away and see the ruins, one woman traveled to Greece to get to work.More