Top places in Playa Larga, Cuba

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    Las Salinas | Day Trip

    Las Salinas

    One of the most popular excursions is to this laguna where large numbers of migratory waterfowl can be seen from November to April: we're talking 10,000 pink flamingos at a time, plus 190 other feathered species. The first half of the road to Las Salinas is through the forest, while the second half passes swamps and lagoons.

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    Río Hatiguanico | Day Trip

    Río Hatiguanico

    Switching from land to boat, this excursion takes you on a three-hour 12km river trip through the densely forested northwestern part of the peninsula. You'll have to duck to avoid the branches at some points, while at others the river opens out into a wide delta-like estuary. Best Advice: Spend an afternoon sailing along this river and observing the peninsula’s rich local wildlife, including an array of rare birds, turtles and crocodiles.

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    Caleta Buena | Day Trip

    Caleta Buena

    Eight kilometers southeast of Playa Girón is Caleta Buena , a lovely protected cove perfect for snorkeling and kitted out with another diving office. Admission to the beach is CUC$12 (can change) and includes an all-you-can-eat lunch buffet and open bar. There are beach chairs and thatched umbrellas dotting the rocky shoreline and enough space in this remote place to have a little privacy.

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    Cueva de los peces

    Cueva de los peces

    Underwater treasures can be seen at the Cueva de los Peces (a natural pool) , a flooded tectonic fault (or cenote), about 70m deep on the inland side of the road, almost exactly midway between Playa Larga and Playa Girón. There are lots of bright, tropical fish, plus you can explore back into the darker, spookier parts of the cenote ideal for snorkelling and is teeming with fish. The shallow water here is perfect for snorkeling. Very nice place to stay half day there.

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    Observación de Aves

    Observación de Aves

    This special and interesting tourist activity can be undertaken in different parts of the Zapata peninsula, however, the most important places to point out are the following: the migratory bird sanctuary in Las Salinas, the hiking trails of Bermejas, Soplillar, Los Hondones and Santo Tomas, where a large number of migratory species can be observed; the natural habitat of endemic species in the area of Gallinuela de Santo Tomas, el Cabrerito de la Ciénaga and Pájaro mosca or Zunzuncito. All these localities can be visited with a professional guide.

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    Buceo en la Ciénaga de Zapata | Day Trip

    Buceo en la Ciénaga de Zapata

    Along the coastline of the Bay of Pigs there are dozens of diving spots where the well preserved seafloor of this region can be accessed from the coast and five diving stations with facilities for refilling scuba tanks and acquiring diving equipment in Playa Larga, Cueva de los Peces, Punta Perdices, Playa Girón and Caleta Buena, managed by certified trainers, whose qualifications are recognised by international organisations. These diving centres can offer you night diving sessions and a variety of cave diving trips. International Scuba Center The International Scuba Center , at Villa Playa Girón, is the main diving headquarters. Club Octopus International Diving Center The Club Octopus International Diving Center is 200m west of Villa Playa Larga. Sure you will need half day.

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    Museos

    Museos

    In this area you can visit 2 museums: the Memorial of the 50th Anniversary, where you can see how people of this region lived before the triumph of the Revolution and the Victory Museum of Playa Girón, where you can learn about the details of the mercenary invasion in 1961.

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    La laguna del Tesoro, Guamá

    La laguna del Tesoro, Guamá

    This lake is 5km east of Boca de Guamá via the Canal de la Laguna, accessible only by boat. On the far (east) side of the 92-sq-km body of water is a tourist resort named Villa Guamá, built to resemble a Taíno village, on a dozen small islands A sculpture park next to the mock village has 32 life-size figures of Taíno villagers in a variety of idealized poses.

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    Criadero de cocodrilos

    Criadero de cocodrilos

    Established in 1962, this crocodile breeding farm has successfully saved two endangered species of crocodiles from extinction. Inside the Guamá complex near the Villa Guamá departure dock, the Criadero de Cocodrilos farm breeds crocodiles – although the fenced-off lake seems barely more authentic than the Taíno village.