This island is believed to be the inspiration for the novel "Treasure
Island". It is a known fact that real pirates of the Caribbean existed long before the movie ever came out
If you have traveled to the Isla de la Juventud, we would like to
hear from you. We would like to publish your travel story, recommendations, photos, videos and whatever else you
might have to offer about this unique island off Cuba.
Casa Odalis -- A recommended casa particular in Nueva Gerona is
Odalis Pena Fernandez located at Calle 10 #3710 e/ 37 y 39. You can try them at 53 (46) 32 23
45.Lodging costs 10 CUC without air conditioning and 15 CUC with air
Hotel Colony -- World renowned for
scuba diving in the area and this hotel is the only place to stay in the area, about 25 miles south of Nueva
Gerona. Cab ride will cost you about 20CUC 20 - 25 CUC.
Isla de la Juventud sights and
things to do
This island is great for scuba diving
and solitude. There are a few beaches but not many tourists since there aren't many places to stay on the
Playa Paraiso -- This beach is near Nueva Gerona and you can get
there by horse buggy or bicycle. There is a small hotel for Cubans but don't expect ANY luxury or even for it to
Playa Bibijagua -- This is the only black sand beach in Cuba, about
five miles outside of the city. There are three buildings here. An old hotel that was a tourist destination in
the 1950s, Villa Gaviota and a campground. place. Arrive with low expectations and you will not be
Presidio Modelo -- This is the prison where Fidel Castro was
incarcerated after his attack on the Moncada barracks. The prison is closed and there is nothing to see but the
shell of the building so you can walk around without any entrance fee. However, there is a museum there that you
will have to pay for.
There is also Cocodrilo and the town of La Fe.
Getting to Isla de la
CUBANA Airlines -- Two to three flights a day from Havana, about
40CUC each way. Book your flight online from your hotel and fly out of Jose Marti airport. It may take some
careful planning so be sure to ask many questions and several people to make sure you are getting correct
Island Ferry -- Twice a day this boat leaves from the port of
Batabano (Surgidero de Batabano) on the southern side of the new province of Mayabeque. It leaves at 10:00am and
takes about two hours to get to the Isle of Youth by ferry. You can buy tickets from the Isla de la Juventud
ferry company at a small window in the ASTRO Bus Terminal in Havana.
You can buy tickets from your hotel for 50CUC round trip. Ask about a
bus to Surgidero de Batabano but be prepared for a lousy ride to the ferry terminal.
If you decide to fly or take a ferry to Isla de la Juventud, be sure
to ask around to see IF you can get there easily, WHEN you can go and maybe even WHY you should take the trip to
this Cuban island.