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  • Playa Giron

    Playa Giron | Province: Matanzas

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  • Description: Playa Giron

    It is located in the Zapata Peninsula, one of the most important ecosystems in Cuba and the largest swamp reserve in the Caribbean, is situated in southern Matanzas. It features exceptional species of flora and fauna, many of which are endemic.

    The Montemar Great Natural Park is located in the peninsula. Here, you will find beaches, woods, mangrove swamps, rivers, lakes, flooded caves that open on the sea, natural pools and a seabed of particular beauty. In short, it is an ideal place for day and night scuba diving by both beginners and experienced divers, including the exploration of marine caves.

    One of the park's main attractions is its cave system, which extends along the coast for 70 km (over 43 miles). The roof of some of these caverns has caved in, turning them into semicircular lakes called "cenotes". The park is also an excellent place to go hiking, horseback riding and boating. In addition, many animals live here, and the international flyways of several kinds of birds go over the park, so you can see both native and migratory species.,

    While in you are in the area, Guamá -a restored Taino Indian village on Laguna del Tesoro (Treasure Lake)-, the crocodile-breeding center and the Playa Girón (Bay of Pigs) Museum are musts.

  • Scuba Diving next to Playa Giron
  • Caleta Buena Scuba Diving Center Caleta Buena Scuba Diving Center

    Lat:22.21400   Lon:-81.13570 

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    Description of the Scuba-Diving Area Caleta Buena is a new scuba-diving area in the Bay of Pigs, just…

  • Beaches next to Playa Giron
  • Caleta Buena Caleta Buena

    Lat:22.21400   Lon:-81.13570 

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    Caleta Buena Beach

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  • Museum Playa Giron Museum Playa Giron

    Lat:22.06850   Lon:-81.03300 

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    This museum is devoted to the Cuban victory against the Bay of Pigs’ mercenary invasion financed…

    Guama Crocodile Breeding Farm Guama Crocodile Breeding Farm

    Lat:22.34450   Lon:-81.09870 

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    Approximately 10 000 specimens of the 16 species of crocodiles are raised at the Crocodile Breeding…

  • Museums next to Playa Giron
  • Museum Playa Giron Museum Playa Giron

    Lat:22.06850   Lon:-81.03300 

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    This museum is devoted to the Cuban victory against the Bay of Pigs’ mercenary invasion financed…

  • Areas of Natural Interest next to Playa Giron
  • Cenote de los Peces Cenote de los Peces

    Lat:22.38740   Lon:-81.15790 

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    There are underwater caves to explore in these deep blue waters. The cenote is a flooded tectonic fault…

  • Horseback Riding in Matanzas
  • Horseback Rio Canimar Horseback Rio Canimar

    Lat:23.03902   Lon:-81.49571 

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    Groups are constantly departing to allow the visitors to be acquainted with all corners in the farm…

  • Nature Trails in Matanzas
  • Las Salinas Trail Las Salinas Trail

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    LAS SALINAS This route is a harmonious combination of hiking and boating. You set out hiking from Playa…

    Hatiguanico River Trail Hatiguanico River Trail

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    This route up the Hatiguanico River, one of the largest and most important in Cuba, takes you around…

    Speleolacustrine Trail Speleolacustrine Trail

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    This system—which contains many different geographic features and kinds of vegetation—is…

    El Patriarca Trail El Patriarca Trail

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    This is a route, which takes place through different vegetal formations. It lasts approximately 45 minutes,…

    Musulmanes Trail Musulmanes Trail

    Lat:22.16880   Lon:-81.13540 

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    This route consist of an approximately 60 minutes walk through a great diversity of plants and animals,…

  • Birdwatching Trails in Matanzas
  • Las Salinas de Brito Trail Las Salinas de Brito Trail

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    LAS SALINAS This route is a harmonious combination of hiking and boating. You set out hiking from Playa…

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  • Matanzas
  • Playa Giron it is located in the province of Matanzas.

    Matanzas is the second largest province in Cuba after that of Havana and one of the most important due to it contribution towards the economic development of the island. It is located in western Cuba, and apart from the highlands in the northwest and center of the province, the entire surface of Matanzas is flat. Due to its tropical weather throughout most of the year, it attracts lots of tourists looking for some sun and the beach, so it’s a good thing Matanzas boasts one of the most precious jewels of Cuba, the beach town Varadero. Nevertheless, Matanzas is full of hidden treasures, so it’s not only the beach that are worth finding. It is an area of great contrast, so experienced travellers will love its beauty and diversity. Under the wonderful light of the Caribbean sun you can contemplate its variety of greens, the range of colors of its more than 920 types of flowers and the many fish in its hot waters. If spring existed in the Tropic, this would be the perfect example.

    For some time, Matanzas stood out in most sectors, benefitting Cuba by developing in developing in many areas: energy, industry, livestock, farming, etc. Matanzas was especially important in the port sector and sugarcane cultivation. When the establishment of the latter began, they brought the largest amount of slaves ever recorded to the area.

    This mix of black and white people produced as a result the current heritage of Matanzas; not only physically, but also the heat of Africa. Thus, from the sound of drums, the rumba was born in Matanzas, the first national dance of Cuba. Nowadays it is still a very popular dance there. The Rumbero Festival takes place annually in the Sauto Theater, in the capital city of the province, and is one of the most important shows in Matanzas.

    The jewel of Matanzas is the sparkling city of Varadero, with its endless beaches, grandiose resorts and luxurious lifestyle. Apart from these, Matanzas also has a lot of other nice places worth visiting.

    If you prefer something more authentic, that better reflects the society, and experience something with more of an original Cuban flavour, Matanzas is a great choice. It has decadent but charming Neoclassical-style Colonial buildings. Catholic churches, a theater and several museums are some examples of these types of constructions.

    The Ciénaga de Zapata Swamp is the perfect place for adventurers, as it is an almost unexplored wetland covered by lush vegetation, and an array of birds and other interesting animals.

    From a cultural point of view, Matanzas is one of the richest areas of Cuba. It houses many museums that will teach you all about various topics, so you shouldn’t miss out on your chance to visit them. An example of this is the Pharmaceutical Museum Pharmaceutical Museum, unique on its type in all America, the Provincial Historic Museum, and the heart-rending Slave Route Museum.

    Historically, Matanzas was a main point in the defense of the island during the Cuban Revolution, as in Playa Girón Beach, in the south coast of the province, took place the first of many defeats suffered by North American army at the hands of the Cuban people. The region had been attacked several times before, so it was well equipped to face what was coming, and very quickly organized its counter-attack. If you visit the province of Matanzas, take advantage of your chance to visit one of the museums related to war and the Revolution.