Isla de la Juventud

Punta Frances National Park

Admiring Lake Azul’s turquoise waters

Snorkelling by the beach

Find Caribbean, Cuba & Antilles Cruises

Isla de la Juventud/ Isle of Youth

A Dream island

Many of the places visited during your holiday in the tropics with an MSC cruise to the Caribbean, Cuba and Antilles are sure to stay with you. 

Of these, Punta Frances on the Isla de la Juventud could have served as an inspiration for the perfect deserted island setting for a thousand different adventures thought up by writers such as Stevenson and Barrie. Punta Frances owes its name to the origin of the French Pirates François Leclerc or Jean Latrobe that during the 17th Century were finding shelter in the territory 

Also known as Isla de Pinos (Isle of Pines), most of Isle of Youth’s territory is dedicated to the preservation of nature. Punta Frances National Park runs along the southern coast of the island and has been protecting the Cuban sea species for over 30 years; it preserves an astounding wildlife – American crocodiles, lizards, elusive manatees, butterflies – and a dry tropical forest with the largest parrot population of Cuba. During the call in this beautiful and unspoiled destination, all MSC activity will be organized following the natural reserve rules, aimed to preserve this heavenly environment.

Once disembarked from your cruise ship, an MSC Cruises excursion will take you to the uncontaminated waters of the National Park for some exciting snorkelling. The attractions of Punta Frances also include three seaside bars each named after a different famous pirate and the Lago Azul, a small lake with turquoise waters.

There is over 3km of beach in all, split by a sandy headland into two broad curves of silver, powdery shore ringed on one side by the lush green of a woody, palm-specked thicket and on the other by the glassy, brilliant turquoise of the Caribbean Sea. The deserted tranquillity of this private world is all part of what makes it exceptional.

Must see places in Isla de la Juventud

Discover our excursions


    Light-heartedness, Sun and History

    Sailing with MSC Cruises to the Caribbean will take you on a discovery of – among other jewels of the region -  Cuba, a destination of all-around enjoyment

    Among the many of Caribbean islands that can be visited with MSC Cruises, Cuba is a historical and artistic treasure that can only be admired – from the sea and from the land. Strategically located between the Caribbean Sea, the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean, this splendid island is caressed by the trade winds and enjoys a tropical climate with humid summers and dry winters.
    Marvellous natural inlets are the sites of its main cities: Havana, Cienfuegos and Santiago di Cuba. Saying Cuba calls to mind the white beaches of Varadero and Cayo Largo, crystal-clear waters, and lush vegetation of all shades of green, as well as the bright colours of the buildings, the music, the food and a culture that blends Spanish colonialism with the traditions of African slaves.

    Those who come to Cuba cannot but be enchanted by it. It is no accident that Christopher Columbus exclaimed “The most beautiful land that the human eye has ever seen!” when he landed here. And what about the Nobel prize laureate Ernest Hemingway? He was so fascinated by the island that he decided to move here and spent the next twenty years at his Finca Vigia (lookout house).