Playa Santa Lucía / Cuba

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Playa Santa Lucía is one of the longest and most beautiful beaches in Cuba. It is located in Camagüey province at the north-eastern coast. This place is best known for the largest population of pink flamingos and a huge coral reef. The marine resort Santa Lucía has recommended itself as one of the best places for diving at the Caribbean. At Anse Chastanet reef 10m/32ft from the water edge there is a wonderful ecosystem with an abundance of tropical sea life and wide possibilities for macro photography. The coral reef comes close to the shore, forming a defense from waves. It is always calm here and there are no dangerous species. Both night and day dives are possible. Diving is possible at the dive sites that are located at the territory between Maternillos cape and Kajo Sabinal Island. Dives to the wrecks, remnants of Spanish fort, and reefs together with bull shark feeding can be performed here as well. The most favorable period for observing bull sharks is from November to March, although their presence depends on weather conditions.

Location: The Atlantic Ocean, north-eastern region of the Cuban Archipelago

What to see: One can always meet here interesting marine dwellers such as octopuses, turtles, dogfish, morays, parrot fish, lobsters, sea horses, needlefish and bull sharks.

Depth: 15-50m/49-164ft

Currents: 1knot

Visibility: About 30m/98ft

Season for diving: All year round. The average water temperature is 27C/80F from May to October and 23C/73F from November to April.

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