Cayo Cruz Is Cuba’s Newest Beach Destination

Bruce Parkinson, Open Jaw

Valentin Cayo Cruz

Hotel LaMarina Plaza

Iberostar Selection Esmeralda

Cuba’s newest hotspot for the coming winter is Cayo Cruz. Known as a prime sport fishing destination, the small islet, less than an hour from Cayo Coco airport, is creating waves in the Cuban tourism industry. 

There are currently two hotels open on Cayo Cruz, with a third to follow in FEB 2020. Here’s a snapshot of the accommodation choices:

Valentín Cayo Cruz

Valentín Cayo Cruz is a 4.5-star, all inclusive, adults only (18+), oceanfront resort. The property opened its doors on 1NOV and is described as an “elegant classy, trendy, contemporary Caribbean style resort.”

Highlights include:


  • 524 Deluxe rooms, 12 Junior suites, 8 Suites and 2 Imperial Suites with garden, pool or ocean views
  • Three infinity pools 
  • Connecting and handicap rooms available
  • Welcome cocktail with a personalized check-in
  • Access to all a la carte restaurants with reservation (3 dinners per week)
  • Unlimited selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic national and international beverages.
  • 24hr service of food and drinks.
  • Access to WIFI.
  • Groups and Weddings services.

For further information on Valentin Hotels, visit


La Marina Plaza & Spa Hotel

The La Marina Plaza & Spa Hotel is an all-inclusive 4.5-star hotel. Surrounded by natural vegetation, beautiful beachfront and crystal blue waters, La Marina Plaza & Spa Hotel has a little something for everyone, including:

  • 58 standard rooms and 2 junior suites
  • Water sports and activities
  • Prime location 20 metres from the Cayo Cruz marina (opportunity for sailing, boating and sport fishing) and Plaza Turística (bars and restaurants)
  • On-site restaurants (Yakimechi Japanese restaurant, El Pescador Mediterranean restaurant, Delicias Ice Cream Parlour and buffet), bars and pool bar
  • Habanos Cigar Bar


More information on this Gaviota hotel can be found here.

Iberostar Selection Esmeralda

Set to open in FEB 2020, Iberostar Selection Esmeralda will be the third hotel on Cayo Cruz. The design will speak to 19th century Cuba. The resort will include:

  • 570 rooms - Iberostar Selection Esmeralda (450 rooms) and the Coral Level at Iberostar Selection Esmeralda (120 rooms)
  • Personal butlers 
  • On-site restaurant
  • Pools
  • Cigar lounge
  • Free WIFI
  • Beach access 
  • Activities (Yoga, cycling, live music)

More information on the Iberostar Selection Esmeralda can be found here.

Bruce Parkinson

Bruce Parkinson Editor-in-Chief

An observer and analyst of the Canadian and international travel industries for over 25 years, Bruce uses the pre-dawn hours to prepare a daily news and information package to keep industry members up to date.

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