Bay of Buena Vista

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Location of Bay of Buena Vista in Cuba
Official nameBuenavista
Designated18 November 2002
Reference no.1233 [1]

The Bay of Buena Vista (Spanish : Bahía de Buena Vista) is a bay on Cuba's northern Atlantic shore. It is located in the northern part of the provinces of Sancti Spíritus, Villa Clara and Ciego de Ávila, between mainland Cuba and the archipelago that lines its northern coast.

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Sunset in Jardines del Rey.

The many cays that define the bay's northern limits include Cayo Francés, Cayo Fragoso and Cayo Santa Maria of the Sabana-Camaguey Archipelago, and past them, the bay opens in the Nicholas Channel to the north-west and in the Old Bahamas Channel to the north-east.

Cay small island formed on the surface of a coral reef

A cay, also spelled caye or key, is a small, low-elevation, sandy island on the surface of a coral reef. Cays occur in tropical environments throughout the Pacific, Atlantic and Indian Oceans.

Nicholas Channel

Nicholas Channel is a strait off the northeastern coast of Cuba. It lies 90 miles (140 km) east of Havana. It separates Cuba from the most southwestern of the islands of the Bahamas.

The southern edge lies in the municipalities of Caibarién, Yaguajay, Chambas and Morón as well as the Bay of Dogs (Bahia Perros). To the east it is bordered by Cayo Coco and Cayo Guillermo of the Jardines del Rey archipelago and the Bay of Jiguey.

Yaguajay, Cuba Municipality in Sancti Spíritus, Cuba

Yaguajay is a municipality and town in the Sancti Spíritus Province of Cuba. It is located in the northern part of the province, and borders the Bay of Buena Vista to the north. The Caguanes National Park is located in Yaguajay.

Morón, Cuba Municipality in Ciego de Ávila, Cuba

Morón is a city and a municipality in Ciego de Ávila Province in central Cuba. It is one of ten municipalities in the province, and is the second in importance and the oldest. Morón is the closest city to the tourist resorts on Cayo Coco and Cayo Guillermo.

Cayo Coco Resort island and village in Ciego de Ávila, Cuba

Cayo Coco is an island in central Cuba, known for its all-inclusive resorts. It lies within the Ciego de Ávila Province and is part of a chain of islands called Jardines del Rey. The cay is administered by the Morón municipality, has a surface area of 370 km2, and is named after the white ibis, locally called coco (coconut) birds. The island is known for its long beaches and many resort hotels.


Caguanes National Park is established on the southern shore. The bay itself is a Biosphere reserve and a Ramsar Convention site. [2] The strictly protected area extends for 313.5 km2 (121.0 sq mi) into the bay. Other ecological reserves are established on Cayo Francés, Cayo Santa María, Cayo Guillermo and Cayo Coco, while a fauna reserve is set up on Cayo Las Loras. [3] Buffer zones are established in the form of further protected areas in Jobo Rosado and Boquerones on the mainland.

Caguanes National Park

Caguanes National Park is a national park in Cuba. It is located in the Yaguajay municipality in the northern part of Sancti Spíritus Province, on the northern (atlantic) coast of Cuba.

Ramsar Convention international treaty for the conservation and sustainable utilization of wetlands

The Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat is an international treaty for the conservation and sustainable use of wetlands. It is also known as the Convention on Wetlands. It is named after the city of Ramsar in Iran, where the Convention was signed in 1971.

The cays contain more than 20 endemic species.

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Villa Clara Province Province of Cuba

Villa Clara is one of the provinces of Cuba. It is located in the central region of the island bordering with the Atlantic at north, Matanzas Province by west, Sancti Spiritus Province by east, and Cienfuegos Province on the South. Villa Clara shares with Cienfuegos and Sancti Spiritus on the south the Escambray Mountain Range. Its main cities are Santa Clara, Remedios, Sagua La Grande, Camajuani, Caibarién, Ranchuelo, Placetas, and Manicaragua.

Ciego de Ávila Province Province of Cuba

Ciego de Ávila is one of the provinces of Cuba, and was previously part of Camagüey Province. Its capital is Ciego de Ávila, which lies on the Carretera Central, and the second city is Morón, further north.

Caibarién Municipality in Villa Clara, Cuba

Caibarién is a municipality city in the Villa Clara province of Cuba.

Jardines de la Reina protected area

Jardines de la Reina is an archipelago in the southern part of Cuba, in the provinces of Camagüey and Ciego de Ávila.

Cayo Guillermo Resort island and village in Ciego de Ávila, Cuba

Cayo Guillermo is a kay of the Jardines del Rey archipelago. It is located on the northern coast of Cuba, between the Bay of Dogs and the Atlantic Ocean. It is part of the Ciego de Ávila Province, and lies in the Morón municipality.

Cayo Romano

Cayo Romano is an island on the northern coast of Cuba, in the province of Camagüey. It is the largest cay of the Jardines del Rey archipelago with 777 square kilometres (300 sq mi).

Cayo Guajaba island in Cuba

Cayo Guajaba is a cay on the northern coast of Cuba, in the province of Camagüey.

Cayo Sabinal human settlement

Cayo Sabinal is a cay on the northern coast of Cuba, in the municipality of Nuevitas, Camagüey Province. Has an area of 335 km².

The Miskito Cays are an archipelago with an area of 27 km² located off shore in the northeastern Caribbean coast of Nicaragua, part of the North Caribbean Coast Autonomous Region. The Miskito Cays are composed of 76 formations that include estuaries, coral reefs, cays, seagrass beds, and islets, of which 12 of the formations are covered with vegetation and consequently form islands which are lined with white sand beaches.

Jardines del Rey archipelago

Jardines del Rey is an archipelago off the northern coast of Cuba, in the northern parts of the provinces of Ciego de Ávila and Camagüey.

Sabana-Camagüey Archipelago

Sabana-Camagüey is an archipelago that lines Cuba's north-central Atlantic coast. It is located off the northern coast of the provinces of Matanzas, Villa Clara, Sancti Spíritus, Ciego de Ávila and Camagüey, and is bounded to the north by the Atlantic Ocean, specifically by the Nicholas Channel and Old Bahama Channel.

Bay of Cárdenas bay

The Bay of Jorge Cárdenas is a shallow bay on Cuba's northern shore, in the province of Matanzas.

Colorados Archipelago archipelago in Pinar del Río Province, Cuba

The Colorados Archipelago is a chain of isles and cays on Cuba's north-western coast.

Cayo Santa María Resort island and village in Villa Clara, Cuba

Cayo Santa María is an island off Cuba's north central coast in the Jardines del Rey archipelago. The island is linked by road and bridge to the town of Caibarién on the main island. Cayo Santa María is well known for its white sand beaches and luxury all inclusive resorts.

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  1. "Buenavista". Ramsar Sites Information Service. Retrieved 25 April 2018.
  2. National Protected Areas System of Cuba (2005). "Protected Areas". Archived from the original on 27 October 2007. Retrieved 2007-10-10.
  3. Radio Habana. "Reserva de la Biosfera de Buenavista" (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 2007-10-05. Retrieved 2007-10-10.

Coordinates: 22°27′N79°10′W / 22.450°N 79.167°W / 22.450; -79.167 (Bahia de Buena Vista)

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