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Reasons to Visit Cuba

  • Beaches

    It’s surprisingly easy to forget Cuba is the largest island in the Caribbean and has by far the most beaches. The powder white sand and blue waters of a Cuban beach on a sunny day feels like walking through a postcard.

    Beaches
  • Cigars

    The Cuban cigar is one of the countries most famous exports. They are renowned for their flavour and quality as well as the precision and skill which goes into rolling that perfect Cohiba. Visiting a cigar factory is a classic Cuban experience and taking in the plantations in the beautiful countryside around Vinales is a real highlight.

    Cigars
  • Countryside

    If you want to see the real Cuba, head out of the bustling towns and into the surrounding countryside. There are huge sugar cane plantations and cattle ranches, towering royal palms, impressive mountain ranges covered in thick tropical vegetation and rich, fertile fields still ploughed by oxen. You'll also see local Cubans selling their produce or going about the serious business of playing dominoes with the ever-present bottle of rum!

    Countryside
  • History

    Cuba has a truly fascinating past. Reading about Spanish colonialism, revolution, dictatorships and more revolution unveils the country’s story and how it fits into the modern world today in its own unique way. Taking the time to learn about its past and then talking about it with the locals when you arrive is an extremely rewarding experience.

    History
  • Music

    The soul of Cuba is in its music and dance. Any visitor will find the vibrant rhythms of Cuban music providing a permanent background beat to their travels. ‘Son’ is perhaps the country’s most well known music and is a passionate and sultry mix of Spanish guitar and African drum, made famous by Ry Cooder and the Buena Vista Social Club.

    Music
  • Salsa

    Salsa is a part of the national identity in Cuba and is built into the psyche of its people. It is a national pastime with the locals dancing in atmospheric nightclubs, on the beach or in the streets. No visit to Cuba is complete without a Salsa lesson with the experts.

    Salsa

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Things to Do in Cuba: Bay of Pigs Tour

The Bay of Pigs and Zapata Peninsula are one of the most important eco-systems in Cuba which is home to an impressive array of flora and fauna, many of which are endemic to the area.

Laguna del Tesoro, Bay of Pigs
Museo Giron

Bay of Pigs Tour

  • Cruises, Sailing & Water
  • Culture & History
  • Outdoor Activities
  • Wildlife & Nature

The Bay of Pigs and Zapata Peninsula are one of the most important eco-systems in Cuba which is home to an impressive array of flora and fauna, many of which are endemic to the area.

Given enough time you will usually start by visiting the crocodile farm at Boca de Guama, before a cruise through the swamp at Laguna del Tesoro where there is a re-creation of a Taino Indian village made up of roughly 50 small thatched huts which are spread over several islets in the lagoon.

After lunch you head south to Playa Larga on the Caribbean coast at the end of the Bay of Pigs. This is one of the best beaches in the region which has some magnificent dive sites. Following the road along the bay you come to the Cueva de los Peces where a collapsed cave or 'cenote' has created a natural pool 70 metres deep which is ideal for snorkelling and is teeming with fish.

Just across the road you will have the opportunity to snorkel at some lovely spots in the Bay of Pigs with beautiful corals and colourful fish in the warm, crystal clear water.

Afterwards you continue to Playa Giron at the mouth of the bay where there is another attractive beach which was the site of the final battle between Fidel Castro's armed forces and the counter revolutionary army in April 1961. There is a small museum dedicated to the Cuban's victory which is worth a visit and is a good photo opportunity.

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