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With an area of 3056 km2, it is the second largest island of the Cuban Archipelago and the 6th largest island in the Caribbean.
It is located south from the main island, 110 km across the gulf of Batabano (south of the Havana province), and its main town is called Gerona.
Because of its extension, population and economic characteristics, it is considered a Special Municipality, meaning that it is not recognized as a Province but at the same time it is not part of any province either. Most of the island is flat and at the south it has the second largest swamp in the Cuban archipelago, called Cienaga de Lanier.
At the east of Isla de la Juventud is located Cayo Largo del Sur, which is part of the Canarreos Archipelago, and an exclusive tourist destination in Cuba.
In contrast with Cayo Largo, Isla de la Juventud is out of the tourist circuit in Cuba and the few foreign visitors that travel there are interested in the excellent diving spots at the southwest part of the island.
In 1978, the name of the island was changed from Isla the Pinos (Isle of Pines) to Isla de la Juventud (Isle of Youth).
Isle of Youth is connected to the main island by boat from Batabano (south of Havana) and by plane from the airport of Havana.
The main economic activities are the agriculture, having the grapefruit plantation as the main product, and the tourist industry, that has as main attractions the beautiful keys in the east part of the island and the diving activities on the coral reefs around it.
The island has also a well-preserved ecological area, where it’s possible to see a forest with a wide diversity of tropical plants, large colonies of parrots, wild boars and iguanas, among other species.

Municipality Web: http://www.gerona.inf.cu/ (only in Spanish)