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Pueblo Las Dunas from Cayo Las Brujas

Pueblo Las Dunas Cayo Santa Maria

The Pueblo Las Dunas Village and entertainment center was inaugurated in 2011 and is the second of its type on Cayo Santa Maria after the famous Pueblo La Estrella, which is just as close to Las Brujas Key. Easy to access from Hotel Villa Las Brujas, either by Rent A Car (if you rented one), Taxi or the hotels transport. Prices at the “Pueblos” in Cayo Santa Maria are duty free and bargains abound. This mall is a breath of fresh air after spending any time on Cayo Las Brujas, since there are no shops to speak of.  The numerous food court restaurants, cafes and bars in the village make an ideal place to go for a meal and a wander around, especially on evenings when its cooler. Being just 18 km away makes using this place for daily dinner an entirely feasible option if you have a car or scooter. Pueblo Las Dunas offers everything from artwork to batteries and everything in-between. If you’re looking for some authentic souvenir to take back home, the handicraft market stalls erected in the main village square are an ideal stopping point.

If you long for a night of fun and dancing away from the quietness and tranquility of Cayo Las Brujas the Marcaribe Discotheque is where you should go for a night out. There’s a perfect mix of local Cubans, other tourists and even people from other islands in Jardines del Rey, all mingling at the disco.

There are several other bars and all are quite good, offering different themes. The El Mosquete Bar is a pub style bar with a mezzanine area inside, great for people watching! Bar Bolera is a 6 lane bowling alley, with digital readouts and excellent bar area with internationally renowned spirits and international beers.

Bowling Alley Pueblo Las Duna Cayo Santa Maria

If you came here from Cayo Las Brujas for a meal you’ll find two impressive restaurants; the first being the Galeon del Puerto or often called the Barco del Pirata. It’s situated inside a full-scale replica of a Spanish Galleon Ship, in the middle of Pueblo Las Dunas. Galeon del Puerto Restaurant has all types of food, from a quick burger to a delicious steak dinner. Drinks, both alcoholic and soft, are also served all day and the décor, complete with ample bench seating carrying on the Galleon theme throughout the restaurant to match the waiters dressed like pirates. If you fancy seafood there’s the restaurant called the Isla de Tortuga or Tortoise Island, the battered prawns at this restaurant are simply amazing, as is the surf and turf special Lobster and steak meal.

Pueblo Las Dunas Restaurants Cayo Santa Maria

Need a battery for your camera or to print some photos for friends or some emergency photo equipment? Try the El Fortin Store and they will probably have it. They’ll also digitize photos for you and transfer images to a pen drive (they sell these), if you’ve run out of disk space. The El Ponton store, just next door to the above, is a general goods store offering everything from souvenirs to clothing, soft drinks and knickknacks you may need. They also have the all-important mosquito repellent, sunscreen towels and beachwear. Outside in the plaza there are a myriad of market stands selling genuine Cuban handmade items (NOT Chinese rubbish). Many of the store owners are the artisans who actually make the items on sale, a real pleasure to see the variety of items and colorful offerings.

Art Gallery

The Galleria Las Dunas opened its doors in 2012 showing works of art from the Villa Clara province’s upcoming and experienced artists, in all genres. The manager of the Galleria Las Dunas is Erik Lorenzo; he is very knowledge about all the artworks shown in his gallery. Proper documentation is provided with all artwork sold, including official export papers and certificates of authenticity.

Yhi Spa Aguas Claras

cayo santa maria pueblo las Dunas spa

As you don’t have a Spa on Cayo Las Brujas you can come to the Spa and wellness center at Pueblo Las Dunas and, it’s very good indeed. Of course, if you have a Spa on your resort you may wish to skip this paragraph, but for those who don’t, this is an excellent alternative and nice day away from your hotel for some pampering. Conveniently located at the entrance of Pueblo Las Dunas, right between the hotels Melia Cayo Santa Maria and Melia Las Dunas, the “Yhi” name is Melia’s own and the name it uses internationally for all its hotel spas. The Yhi Spa Aguas Claras offers an impressive selection of treatments that will soothe mind, body and soul, as well as a broad hydrothermal circuit and numerous relaxation areas. The Aguas Claras Yhi Spa building is also home to the Yhi Beauty Salon. The name “Yhi” is derived from the name of the goddess of light in Australian Aboriginal Karraur mythology.

Pueblo Las Dunas Gym

The gym offers both machines and free-weight training, numerous of the latest digital treadmills and bikes plus a conveniently located TV to watch something while you pound away. Entrance is 10 CUC for two hours and you get to use the showers at the Yhi Spa. The gym is used by Melia Resort staff also , so you can often strike up an interesting chat.

Pueblo Las Dunas Car, Scooter and Bicycle Rental

If you’ve booked a rent a car in advance, with CubaCAR Cayo Santa Maria, then you can collect it here. The office also rents bicycles and scooters by the hour or per day. This office is considered the main car rental office for Cayo Santa Maria and would also be where you would return a car if you´ve chosen a one-way rental in Cuba.

If you want to alternate on certain visits, there’s also the Pueblo La Estrella on Cayo Santa Maria. Larger and more diverse than the Pueblo Las Dunas, you’ll have the choice of no less than 8 different places to eat with every conceivable international meal available and some very good Cuban food also. Click Pueblo La Estrella for more details about this second mall village on Cayo Santa Maria