Literally meaning "The Isle of Youth", it lies 100 kilometers south of Cuba and it is the second largest Cuban island. It was discovered by Christopher Columbus on his second voyage to Cuba. Originally, it was named "La Evanghelista", then "Isla del Tesoro" until 1975, when it was named Isla de la Juventud because of the thousands of young people that studied here during the revolutionary period.
Isla de la Juventud is renowned for its citrus, especially grapefruit and orange, and its top quality marble mines.
Tourist industry is very developed and the island has a lot to offer visitors. The best known attraction is the Colony International Diving Center, located within the Punta Francés National Sea Park.
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