South of Matanzas, Zapata
Peninsula treasures one of the most important ecosystems in Cuba and the
largest wetland in the Caribbean. You will find exceptional rich endemic and
migratory species, and an ideal space for hiking, horseback riding, boating,
fishing, and living adventures in the crocodile farm in “Boca de Guama” as well
as visiting bird refuges along the trails called “Espacio de Salina” and “Santo
The sandy beaches of the coast attract those who love scuba diving with exotic fish and beautiful coral reefs. Deep caverns near the south coast invite to dive into its waters, fresh in the surface and salty in the depth. The great Montemar Natural Park offers visitors its thick forests, ancient mangroves, vast rivers, natural lakes and flooded caverns leading to the sea.
At Guama Resort, built on stilts in the middle of “La Laguna del Tesoro” (The Lagoon of treasures), connected by bridges and canoes. You will find a replica of a village of Tainos (ancient aboriginal inhabitants of Cuba) with numberless life-size sculptures of Aboriginal inhabitants, work of the Cuban artist Rita Longa.
Playa Larga has magnificent dive sites and is close to Giron Beach, place where an American Invasion group landed in 1961, which turned out to be a victory for the Cuban army and militia. Today in the area there is an interesting museum. Much more than a simple natural shelter, the Zapata Swamp turns its ecological, natural and historical treasures into a valuable tourist offer. In addition to all that, if you stay at a Casa Particular (Private Lodging Facility), you will get the most of your vacations.