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  • Museums: Museum Playa Giron

    Museum Playa Giron, Zapata Swamp. Cuba

    • Destination: Zapata Swamp
    • Open: Daily
    • Address From: Playa Giron, Zapata Swamp. Matanzas Province
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  • Description Museums: Museum Playa Giron, Zapata Swamp. Cuba

    This museum is devoted to the Cuban victory against the Bay of Pigs’ mercenary invasion financed by the United States government on April 1961. By several means, the most important facts, documents, testimonies, photos, occupied weapons, and other objects related to the invasion are exhibited there.

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    Playa Giron. Cienaga de Zapata. Matanzas
    045984126 97m

  • Museum Playa Giron is located in Zapata Swamp
  • 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.

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  • birdsofafeather1
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    Claes80

    “Vaguely interesting ”
    If you have have any real interest in finding out what happened during the bay of pigs invasion you are better off spending your time reading about it online than going here. I have seen my fair share of museums depicting wartime events during my travels, and this is probably the least successful in explaining what actually happened that I... More 

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    Tim W

    “Could definately do with a rewrite ”
    We visited this museum as part of a small group touring the island. This was one of a number of revolutionary sites that we visited as part of the tour. Unlike with the previous reviewer, there were a number of people visiting the museum at the same time as our group, although it was not overcrowded. It was, however, quite... More 

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    billionsandnocure

    “Where was the air coverage?~Not worthy of the admission fee! ”
    A complete waste of time when it is made more than obvious that it it not a little biased (as a previous poster stated) it is COMPLELTEY biased! One should not expect the contrary when in Cuba. We must draw our own conclusions, FURTHERMORE, it is not in chronological order as Toreaorable wrote, far from it I am afraid. If... More 

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    Sven C

    “Watch the video ”
    Pay one cuc extra for the most authentic Museum experience of Cuba. The rest consist of photo's and weapons.

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    Amanda431

    “Rather disappointing museum ”
    I learned far more from the Lonely Planet guide about what happened at the Bay of Pigs, than I did from the museum devoted to the subject. Little explanation, bad or non-existent translation. It's a fascinating military operation. If only the story were better told by the museum, it could have been riveting.

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    ljgill

    “Easy Snorkeling ”
    Near the Museo Giron is the Hotel Playa Giron. This is only a 2 star resort but very Cuban. Very few in the know N Americans mostly S Americans. It is all inclusive and quite inexpensive. The food is typical Cuban but drinks are free. staff are very nice, pool is very nice and the beach is sandy and protected.... More 

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    JudyLitchfield

    “They defeated the Imperialist United States! ”
    The Museum itself wasn't particularly interesting, but the pride the Cuban people feel about their victory was tangible. On display at this museum and at the museum in Havana were tanks and planes that illustrated how poor their equipment was. They made it sound like a David and Goliath battle, never mentioning that it was essentially a small number of... More 

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    GrahamBelfast

    “Interesting museum ”
    Quite an interesting museum, lots of into on the Bay of Pigs invasion and all that. You can probably get round this in about 30 minutes. Some of the things on display are shocking (someone's cap with a bullet hole)

  • birdsofafeather1
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    DBoothToronto

    “Great Museum - You can swim over a sunken boat at ”
    We enjoyed the museum. Most interesting part was the description of the area before the revolution. The extreme poverty, malnutrition, illiteracy. Malaria. Things have changed. Some great swimming at the beach and, if you go to the beach just south of the main hotel (Playa Coco), you get great swimming and some nice reefs. If you go to Punta Perdiz... More 

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    Elle A

    “Small interesting museum and great beach for snorkelling! ”
    We visited the museum and the beach on a day excursion by taxi from Cienfuegos. The owner of the casa we were staying arranged the excursion with a taxi driver he knew. It costed us 60CUC for 2 people and it took around 1 hour to go there (although I suspect the driver might have been expensive considering we paid... More 

  • birdsofafeather1
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    Edcorbett

    “Interesting and informative ”
    The trip was interesting .We found the information obviously tainted ,but the country side and different settlements gives you a real look at life in the country in Cuba leave the politics at home and enjoy the trip.

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    NeverhomeinMilford

    “Clean and informative ”
    Like the Very personal items found from those who did not survive. The photographs of the men made it very poignant.

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    Nidawei

    “The primary benefit of seeing this museum is that you are forced to learn more of the folly of the Bay of Bigs invasion ”
    Other reviewers make excellent points about the quality and quantity of the museum displays. You may need a guide to get beyond the information presented to learn more about how the CIA picked a swamp for its invasion point, how the Cubans lost respect for President Kennedy's handling of the affair, and on and on and on.

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    RonWamberal

    “Moving and emotional ”
    Can't understand Claes80 below - this is clearly a story told from the Cuban experience but is an incredibly moving and telling story. To be at the actual Bay of Pigs gives more impact than a text book. The photos of the local workers making charcoal by burning wood and the living standards is incredibly moving in a modern and... More 

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    Kim B

    “Museo ”
    Great, very nice people work there. Cheap and a lot information about this special place. There are tanks and a airplane in the front of the museum.

  • birdsofafeather1
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    Charles B

    “A Cuban Tribute to Their Bay of Pigs ”
    This is a small but excellent museum displaying the Cuban attitude and approach to the Bay of Pigs invasion in 1963. It describes the then poverty of the area and the approach of the Cuban Army to defend their island. It contains an airplane used in the defense and numerous weapons from machine guns to howitzers. Many of the heros... More 

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    Derek R

    “Swimming in the passed ”
    A very interesting Museum best to talk a Spanish talking guide with you as English subtitles not supplied. This maybe due to the USA sticky fingers in this pie. Visit this site then the Museum in Habanna to rounded the story off. Remember after your trip on to the beach on which so many Cubans landed with great hopes. You... More 

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    RonWamberal

    “Emotional and informative ”
    Yes, it is based on the Cuban perspective but that is what makes it special. Have only heard the case from the USA side so it was fascinating to get another description When you see the photos of the workers and their lives, it gives you a better understanding of the background to the revolution.

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    oldermomma

    “Cuban perspective on the Bay of Pigs Invasion ”
    So important to learn the Cuban perspective on the Bay of Pigs invasion as we from the United States were never taught about this view.

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    emrystravel

    “Unmissable emotional experience ”
    This museum is one of the most important places in Cuba. We spent less than an hour in Giron, and it's out of the way for tourists, but we're so glad we went. For the whole time we were in the museum, we were the only visitors there. The museum is very plain, photos, maps, posters, some weapons, and some... More