The Bay of Pigs
In the Bay of Pigs, there is an infinite sense of peace. It can be complicated to get to here, although that has its advantage: you will be far from the hoards of tourists concentrated in other destinations. If you’re familiar with other parts of the island, you’ll see quickly that the beaches of the southern coast are different from those in the north. The ocean here has deeper tones, a distinct temperament.
Here you might miss part of the beauty at first because it is hidden, or rather, submerged. Half on land and half on water, the whole experience of the Bay of Pigs is amphibious. One of the must-see sites is the crocodile farm, a natural reservoir of that species that you won’t soon forget: either you’ll love it or be terrified. A photo with the small crocodile resting on your neck is an obligatory souvenir!
In 1961, the entire world had its attention focused on this point on the map, as it became the battlefield for exiled Cuban troops and the army of the newly created revolutionary government. In just over 72 hours the national army regained the territory and this fact has become a symbol of resistance and autonomy for the country.
Not to miss
- The Cueva de los Peces is a naturally made pool, which connects to the ocean through an underground tunnel. You may not be very impressed by the view from the surface, but that’s because you’re not looking at it from the right angle. Immerse yourself and discover the natural charms of the largest flooded grotto in the country, with a depth of 70 meters and clear waters full of life (be aware, its very, very cold!). After all the swimming gives you an appetite, outside you will find a restaurant with lots of seafood options, typical of the area.
- There are more than 30 sites where you can get to know the depths of Cuba, both through diving and snorkelling. If you’re looking for a real underwater adventure, check out the spots that have caverns or sunken boats.
- Visit Playa Larga, Caleta Buena, and Punta Perdiz. The names of these nearby towns are related to their geography and their history. For example, Playa Girón is named after a French pirate who spent time there in the seventeenth century.
- You can go hiking here, as well as visiting caves and observing numerous species of birds.
- In this region there is a small fish called “majúa”, no bigger than your pinky finger, which people usually fry in oil until they’re golden. Give it a try: they’re a little like fish french fries.
There is easy access to the Bay of Pigs via the Playa Larga-Playa Girón road, which connects with the National Highway. To get to from the Bay of Pigs to Varadero, you have to go from the southern coast of the island up the northern coast, a trip of more than 100 kilometres. The Bay of Pigs is located 170 kilometres from Havana along the Playa Larga Highway, which connects with the highway to Havana in Jagüey Grande.