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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.

Administrative Area Level 2
“Ciénaga de Zapata National Park is the main core area of the Biosphere Reserve and the Ramsar (The Ramsar Convention is an international treaty for the conservation and sustainable use of wetlands). You can observe crocodiles, manjuari (it is a living fossil), flamingos and many other birds, this is a sanctuary for birds.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“The Bay of Pigs Invasion was a failed military invasion of Cuba undertaken by the CIA-sponsor in 1961. It is a place filled with history but it is also a good diving place. ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Salinas de Brito. In a particularly beautiful area of about two thousand square kilometers, Las Salinas, in the south of the province of Matanzas, is considered by specialists to be a sanctuary for Cuban birds. The marsh system that exists in this area makes it an excellent place to shelter more than 65 migratory species that come there during the winter season between the months of October and March. During that period, birds that migrate from North America in search of better climate conditions, food and also the purpose of the necessary mating to preserve their existence stay overnight in Las Salinas. Ornithologists report the presence of the Torcaza Blanca (Columba inornata), cartacuba (”
  • 10 locals recommend
Park
“It is one of the biggest attractions in the province of Matanzas. The cave is an impressive natural clear crystal pool with more than 70 meters deep that communicates with the sea through an underground tunnel. In this beautiful place there is a varied offer that includes everything from diving to a rustic ranch where various dishes are offered including seafood and crocodile meat. The famous Cueva de los Peces is a cenote, a small and deep lagoon, which communicates with the sea through an underground tunnel. You can snorkel and inside the cave, of course, colorful tropical fish abound. Surrounded by all natural beauty, seaweed, coral and precious stones.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Beach
“It constitutes an international diving center, where you can practice this nautical modality from the coast. This site has a great beauty and abundance of coral species, gorgonians, sponges and schools of multicolored tropical fish. There is a large coral reserve, seabed of exuberant beauty and water with a pleasant temperature at any time of the year from where you can dive to the open sea or practice cave diving in flooded caves with brackish water, areas linked to the Espeleolacustre system of the Ciénaga de Zapata , for this they have a highly qualified staff. The diving center has the conditions for diving in accordance with established rules for that sport in the world. This area has ”
  • 8 locals recommend
Bar
“Nice place to relax where you can enjoy a nice view accompanied by delicious food and tasty cocktails. ”
  • 1 local recommends
Museum
“Memorial dedicated to the battle waged by the people of Cuba against mercenary troops of Cuban origin, supported by American naval forces, which invaded the country from April 17 to 19, 1961. It exhibits the material evidence that witnessed the events that occurred in Playa Girón”
  • 6 locals recommend
Museum
“The largest crocodile hatchery in the Cuban territory is located in the Laguna del Tesoro in the Ciénaga de Zapata where there is the largest humeral on the Island of Cuba. It was created in the early 60's from the indiscriminate hunting of these. Creating the Crocodile Farm where some 1500 specimens were placed for reproduction.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“It is a replica of a Taíno village of the ancient aborigines of Cuba, it is formed by a set of 25 sculptures on a natural scale sculpted by the prestigious Cuban sculptor Rita Longa, and there are also four huts on land and a caney - typical houses of the Cuban aborigines. In the lagoon there are endemic specimens from Cuba such as the manatee (Trichechus manatous) and the manjuarí (Lepisosteus tristoechus), which although its fishing is prohibited, if observing activities are carried out that allow the interaction of the tourist with nature and increase their knowledge about the same. Going into the Laguna del Tesoro is a walk through the history and culture of Cuba's pre-Columbian past”
  • 4 locals recommend
Lodging
“Nature's Gem. You will enjoy a ride back in time to where aborigines ruled the area.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Lodging
“Caleta Buena is an extra-hotel tourist facility located 8 km from Playa Girón in the Península de Zapata destination. This tourist product arises from the beauty of several associated natural resources: the inlet, fauna and flora. Inside this cove there is a natural pool of very transparent waters where fish of different colors and sizes are observed. The area is perfect for diving and snorkeling. It is also part of the Espeleolacustre system of the Zapata Swamp, which is considered the most extensive and conserved of the Insular Caribbean.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Zoo
“El Criadero de Cocodrilos más grande del territorio cubano se encuentra en la Ciénaga de Zapata. Fue creado a principios de la década del 60 a partir de la caza indiscriminada de estos. Creándose la Granja de Cocodrilos donde se situaron unos 1500 ejemplares para la reproducción.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Point of Interest
  • 1 local recommends
Restaurant
  • 1 local recommends