de la Juventud
Regions of Cuba - Travel Guide
Discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1492 at the end of his second trip, this island, originally known as Evangelista, was for about four centuries, a center for smuggling and other wrongdoing, a pattern of miscreance which came to an end with the revolution of 1959.
It has also been known as Treasure Island and the Isle of Pines. But it was named Isle of Youth in 1975 as a tribute to the thousands of young people who have studied and worked there.
One of the 672 islets and keys of the Canarreos Archipelago, the Isle of Youth is characterized by luxuriant vegetation and hills that blanket the immeasurable wealth of the island's marble deposits.
This is a land of ceramics and citrus fruit. Thus, during the flowering period, the smell of blossoms fills the air, a signal of the impending harvests of grapefruits and oranges, famous worldwide for their excellence.
The island is also recognized as an ideal place for diving. Here you will find the most beautiful coral reef in the Los Canarreos archipelago, with numerous caves and a wide variety of plant and animal species typical of this part of the Caribbean Sea.
It has been designated a
protected area as a tribute to all its natural and archaeological elements.
Its dense tropical forests are rich in iguanas, hutias, wild hogs and many
other animal species that are well preserved in their natural habitat.
Updated August 20, 2000
Copyright ©2000 USA CUBA TRAVEL