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The beach encompasses 450m (1,476 ft.) on either side of the main lodge and is excellent for sunbathing and swimming, with broad stretches of soft sand and a gentle entry into the sea that allows you to walk out literally hundreds of yards before it gets too deep. The water can get a little rough and the weather cool when cold fronts blow through in the winter months, but this is the exception rather than the rule.

Cayo Levisa is an excellent destination for diving and snorkeling. There's a good dive operation on-site (cayolevisa@cubanacan.co.cu) and some 23 identified dive sites within a 45-minute boat ride of the island. Most of the sites are less than 15 minutes away, and some are excellent for snorkeling. Rest stops often include a packed lunch at some deserted little island. Two tank dives per day will run you CUC$72, including equipment, and multiday packages are available. Rental of snorkeling equipment costs CUC$5 per day.

If you're looking to follow in Papa Hemingway's footsteps, take a day trip to Cayo Paraíso. This small island is about 10km (6 miles) east of Cayo Levisa. There's a small bust of Papa and a little shack that functions as a bar and grill, where you can buy lunch and drinks. The trip costs CUC$20, including transportation, snorkeling, and refreshments. Snorkeling gear will run you an extra CUC$5. There have been reports of the dive/excursion boat being broken on several occasions. Check with Cubanacán before setting off.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.