Faro Colon holds the accolade as being Cuba’s tallest lighthouse, located just 20km (12 miles) from the town of Nuevitas on the north coast of Cayo Sabinal. The Columbus lighthouse has a focal length of 53 meters (174 feet). It uses a white light which flashes every 15 seconds. Adjacent to the lighthouse is the one storey light keeper’s dwelling.
The Punta Maternillos Faro Colon serves as an observation center that can still cover the entire Bahamas channel. Over the past +160 years it has played an important role in advising Captains who use the port of Nuevitas. Visitors can access the lighthouse by road and the whole area and tower is open for tourists.
Faro Colon is still a great tourist attraction and is still active. It is admired by Cubans and is one of the oldest lighthouses in Cuba. Take your camera to snap some shots of the views and the blue sea, for as far as the eyes can see. The views of the coastline are also spectacular.