Canarreos Archipelago, Cuba
In mid February 2016, PROBA-V captured this false-colour image in the Caribbean, on the southwestern side of Cuba. It shows the Gulf of Batabanó, a shallow (61 m deep) straight or inlet between the main island of Cuba and the Canarreos archipelago in the south. The archipelago comprises some 350 islets and its largest islands are Isla de la Juventud (Isle of Youth) and Cayo Largo del Sur (Long Cay). Until the late 1970s, the Isle of Youth, shown in the southwest of the image, was called Isla de Pinos (Isle of Pines) after its coverage by pine forests, the source for a large lumber industry. Cayo Largo, on the eastern end of the archipelago, is renowned as holiday destination and said to have been visited by Christopher Columbus on his second expedition in 1494. It is a limestone island, with coral reefs under stress from bleaching.