Cuba has a history of pirates. This island was previously referred to as the Isla de Los Piratas (Isle of Pirates) or Isla del Tesoro (Isle of Treasure) and had a vibrant history. St. Christopher Colombus discovered it on his second sailing of the new world. However, it was unnoticed thanks to its rocky coast. That is probably why the pirates like it so much! Drake, Morgan, John Hawkins and John Rackham, amongst others, ran their prosperous businesses from there until the centre of the nineteenth century. This can be additionally the island that impressed the book Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson.
You would have thought that for such a small island, a place might have the most history! However, you may usually realize this with places in Cuba…
There’s not much else to try and do on Isla de la Juventud other than diving and snorkelling. The island is home to the Punta Frances Marine national park, a paradise of caves, walls, canyons, wrecks, healthy corals and countless fish.
Those who love wall diving are going to be affected by the drop-offs here. The walls are stuffed with tunnels and passageways to explore, and the reef is covered in sponges and different corals. Ocean life includes turtles, rays, typically a shark, and fish like barracuda, grunts, snapper, spadefish, triggers and macro stuff like tiny crabs and shrimp.
With over fifty dive sites around the island, there’s a lot to see!
Places like Pared de Coral Negro with countless black coral at thirty metres and magnificent corals on the walls. Or the superb Cueva Azul with its attractive reminder blue at the opening around forty metres and Los Indios may be a rocky wall with sandy upland with vast faculties of fish and rays chilling on the sand. However, wait, there’s additional…
The wrecks of the Jibacoa and city consist of shallow water and excellent for any level of the diver to fancy. They want to be used for military practice sessions; however, currently, different will fancy the ships. It’s attainable to enter the wrecks; however, wonderful buoyancy is essential; thus, you do not harm the fragile life growing on them. Diving at Isla Delaware Juventud
And since you would be dried in any case by diving, you’ll enjoy superb sunsets and mojitos on land once the day is spent discovering sea life!
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