Isla de la Juventud (Isle of Youth) is the 2nd-largest Cuban island and the 7th-largest island in the West Indies (following Cuba itself, Hispaniola, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Trinidad, Andros Island). Isla de la Juventud was named Isla de Pinos (Isle of Pines) until 1978. It has a total population of 86,420 (2010 estimate) and an area of 2,200 km2 (850 ml2) and is situated 50 km (31 miles) south of the island of Cuba, across the Gulf of Batabano. Isla de la Juventud lies south of Havana and Pinar del Rio and is a Special Municipality, not part of any province. Therefore, it is administered directly by Cuba's central government. The island has one municipality, also called Isla de la Juventud.
The biggest of the 350 islands in Canarreos Archipelago, Isla de la Juventud has an estimated population of around 100,000. The largest city and capital is Nueva Gerona located in the north, and the 2nd-largest and oldest is Santa Fe located in the interior.
Much of the island boasts pine forests, which is the source of large lumber industry. The northern region features low ridges with marble quarried there, while the southern area is an elevated plain. Fishing and agriculture are the main industries, with vegetables and citrus fruit being grown. The volcanic activity formed black sand beach.
Isla de la Juventud has a mild climate, but is famous for frequent hurricanes. It's a popular tourist destination, with plenty of beaches and resorts, such as Bibijagua Beach. Until the government of Cuba expropriated foreign-owned property during the early 1960s, Americans owned much land, and the isle contained a branch of Hilton Hotels chain.
The main transportation to Isla de la Juventud is by aircraft or boat. Hydrofoils and motorized catamarans make the trip in between 2 and 3 hours. A much larger and slower cargo ferry takes around 6 hours to make the crossing, but is much cheaper.
Highlights: Bibijagua Beach
Isla de la Juventud cruise terminal
Cruise ships to Isla de la Juventud (aka Isle of Youth) dock (anchor) at Nueva Gerona - capital and port town on the northern coast.
The Isla de la Juventud cruise port map is interactive. It shows the port's exact location, along with the real-time cruise ship traffic (if any) in its vicinity - today, and right now. By zooming-out you can see other cruise ship ports located near Isla de la Juventud, Cuba.
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Port Isla de la Juventud cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Isla de la Juventud, Cuba. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
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4 November, 2016