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About  Playa Giron

If you want to stay somewhere peaceful & simple beside the sea, Hotel Playa Giron is a great choice – particularly if you want to try snorkelling or diving.

Located in the Zapata peninsula just over 2 hours from Varadero, the hotel is a popular destination for divers, with crystal clear waters full of coral, gorgonias, sponges & a wide variety of sea life as well as wrecks. 

Cubanacan Playa Giron hotel consists of detached single storey chalets which provide a comfortable place for you to lay your head after a day in the water. The bars & restaurants of the central complex provide adequate all-inclusive food & drink with lots of fine fish & meat. Guests can also eat & drink for free at Caleta Buena, a short bus ride away, which provides fabulous snorkelling & diving areas.

The Hotel Playa Giron complex provides good evening entertainment, delivered with enthusiasm & a big smile by the dedicated staff. The daytime activities are generally based around watersports with pedaloes available, while equipment for diving & snorkelling can be inexpensively hired. There is also is plenty to do nearby, including the Bay of Pigs museum & the ruins of a military installation.

The spacing of the properties means that the only sounds you will hear at night are those from the sea, while the free roaming of animals such as horses, dogs & goats only adds to the rustic charm of the place.

If you want a get away from it all break where you can have peaceful isolation or mingle with villagers, you should consider Hotel Playa Giron. The hotel is also recommended for anyone wanting to explore marine life in warm, azure waters, whatever their diving or snorkelling experience.

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Playa Girón Museum

This museum is devoted to the Cuban victory against the Bay of Pigs’ mercenary invasion financed by the United States government on April 1961. Propaganda aside, this museum celebrating "the first rout of Yankee imperialism in Latin America" is a sobering testament to the harsh social conditions that provoked the Revolution, especially in this historically poorest part of Cuba. Here are exhibited photos of fallen Cuban soldiers, documents, testimonies, occupied weapons, and other objects related to the invasion. There's also a 15-minute film to watch. For military buffs, a restored British Hawker Sea Fury plane, used by the Cuban Air Force, stands guard at the museum entrance.

Playa Larga, Península de Zapata, Matanzas

Zapata Swamp National Park

The Zapata National Park was declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. The park covers an area of 4,520 km2 (1,641 miles2) encompassing mangroves, cactus, dry woods, savannahs, salt pans and forest, providing habitat for reptiles, mammals, and many birds. Bird-watchers from all over the world flock to this national park in hopes of feasting their eyes on some 190 bird species, including 21 endemic species such as the eponymous Zapata Rail and Zapata Wren, along with the red, white, and blue tocororo—Cuba's national bird and the zunzuncito (Bee Hummingbird), the smallest bird in the world. Even if you're not a passionate birder, you can still enjoy watching a mass of wading birds—flamingos, wood storks, sandhill cranes—feeding here. There are many marine and freshwater fish in the area, including Manjuaríes, which are considered to be living fossils because of the primitive nature of their bodies. Many pre-Columbian archaeological remains have been found on the Zapata Peninsula, and the region’s history also includes the narrow channels that early inhabitants dug to facilitate river travel. The main access to the park is via Playa Larga at the head of the Bahía de los Cochinos. 

Península de Zapata, Matanzas

Guamá Crocodile Breeding Farm

Approximately 10 000 specimens of the 16 species of crocodiles are raised at the Crocodile Breeding Farm in Guamá, Zapata peninsula, approximately 100 km from Varadero. The original enterprise was the idea of Celia Sánchez, one of Fidel Castro's close companions and advisers, who was determined to restore the failing crocodile and caiman populations in the Zapata Swamp. Visitors may view the Cuban and American species as they sleep in the mud or taste its meat at the neighboring restaurant that specializes in exotic dishes.

Península de Zapata, Matanzas

Treasure Lagoon

Treasure Lagoon is located at east of Boca de Guama, and it’s reached by boat a canal of 4 km (2½ miles) into the lagoon. According to legend, Taíno aboriginals dumped gold and other loot in this lake to hide it from the Spanish. No treasure has ever been found, although Taíno relics have been recovered from the lake and are now displayed in the Guamá Museum. A lifelike recreation of a Taíno village spans across several small islands. This impressive replica has 32 life-size figures of Taínos going about their daily business, was created by Cuban sculptor Rita Longa.

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