Cuba by Lonely Planet

Cuba by Lonely Planet

Author:Lonely Planet [Planet, Lonely]
Language: eng
Format: epub
Tags: Travel.Travel Guides
ISBN: 0383798000
Amazon: B005DOK8NW
Publisher: Lonely Planet Publications
Published: 2009-11-05T10:00:00+00:00

Getting There & Away

The reliable Havana–Trinidad Víazul bus passes through daily in either direction and will pick up/drop off on request outside Villa Playa Larga. Approximate arrival times are 11am for the Playa Girón, Cienfuegos and Trinidad service; and 6:45pm for Jagüey Grande and Havana service.

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The sandy arc of Playa Girón nestles peacefully on the eastern side of the infamous Bahía de Cochinos (Bay of Pigs), 48km south of Boca de Guamá. Notorious as the place where the Cold War almost got hot, the beach is actually named for a French pirate, Gilbert Girón, who met his nemesis here by decapitation in the early 1600s at the hands of embittered locals. In April 1961 it was the scene of another botched raid, the ill-fated, CIA-sponsored invasion that tried to land on these remote sandy beaches in one of modern history’s classic David and Goliath struggles. Lest we forget, there are still plenty of propaganda-spouting billboards dotted around rehashing past glories, though these days Girón, with its clear Caribbean waters and precipitous off-shore drop-off, is a favorite destination for scuba divers and snorkelers.

In addition to some decent private houses, Playa Girón’s one and only resort is the modest Villa Girón, a low-key all-inclusive that is perennially popular among the diving fraternity. Long, shady Playa Los Cocos, where the snorkeling is good, is just a five-minute walk south along the shore. But Varadero this is not. In common with many of Cuba’s southern coastal areas, there’s often more diente de perro (dog’s tooth) than soft white sand.


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