Learn about: Camaguey
Camagüey the city of the tinajones
It was founded on February 2, 1514 as a town, called Santa María del Puerto del Príncipe, the third in Cuba, also known as Puerto Príncipe.
The present name owes it to the cacique Camagüebax, who exerted his command between the rivers Tínima and Hatibonico, where the first houses began to be constructed. The town was called Santa Maria del Puerto del Príncipe, later Port-au-Prince, until it received the present name of Camagüey in 1898, following the independence of Spain. The indigenous name was already used to refer to the region "El Camagüey" and was approved on that date for both the city and the province that had been created in 1878 as a military region by the Republic in arms.
Due to the droughts that are very hard sometimes and cover with a yellow mantle the grass of the province and the city, from the time of the Spanish colonization they began to use the tinajones, that are but enormous containers in the form of balloon And made of clay to store the rainwater for long periods.
For this reason and because nowadays these vessels can be found adorning streets and parks, Camagüey is called the city of the tinajones, and there is a legend that if you drink water from tinajón you stay to live in Camagüey or at least you always return to it . The poetess of Camaguey Aurelia Castillo, remembering the tinajones of her childhood, in her house on Cristo street, wrote her famous poem "El Tinajón".
Santa Lucia Beach
It is the main spa resort about 100 km north of Camagüey where there are about 19 km of beaches of fine white sand. Its crystalline waters make it possible to see the bottom although it has a relatively significant depth.
Away from the coast is one of the main attractions of this beach for lovers of diving and is that the north coast of Cuba has one of the largest coral reefs in the world only surpassed by the Great Barrier Reef. Abundant in marine riches and shipwrecks, it is the largest bull shark sanctuary in all the Antilles and Caribbean Sea, generally offering no danger to swimmers because of its remoteness from the coast, however it is a great diving opportunity for lovers of life Marine and all its species.
In contrast, in the southern part and towards the Caribbean Sea, the beaches do not abound the sands, but there are numerous cays and the marine platform offers a landscape like few in the Caribbean.