Cayo Jutía, an ideal site far removed from the bustle of city life. Foto: Granma

Cayo Jutías, a small island within the group known as Los Colorados off the northern coast of Pinar del Río, is one of local residents’ favorite options this summer, attracted by the untouched beauty of the beach. Cayo Jutía, an ideal site far removed from the bustle of city life. Cubans and visitors from other latitudes reach the 6.7 kilometer long key via a causeway, which provides an opportunity to take in the landscape of red mangroves which cover 80% of the island’s surface area. A fascinating environment welcomes summer visitors who come to enjoy the transparent water and white sand beach, in the company of green woodpeckers, hummingbirds and blackbirds, known as totíes. Other endemic bird species can be sighted in Cayo Jutías, including the Great Lizard Cuckoo and Cuban Blackhawk, in addition to Conga and Carabali hutias, the large rodents which give the island its name. Within the mixed species mangroves along the key’s northern coastline, small patches of evergreen woods can be noted, formed by Mallows and Seagrapes, while sandy areas are populated by tall grasses and small bushes. Among the island’s attractions is its lighthouse, one of the oldest in Cuba, lighting the way for boats at sea north of Pinar del Río for over 100 years. Unique in Latin America given its skeletal, fragile-looking structure, it is in good shape despite its age. According to vistor Yudith Acosta, the pristine beach, legendary lighthouse, and interesting flora and fauna make the long trip to Cayo Jutías well worth the effort, an unforgettable family outing, far removed from the bustle of city life. (AIN)