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Hotel Playa Larga,
Peninsula de Zapata, Cuba


An Overview by Authentic Cuba Travel

Villa Playa Larga can be found in the famous Bay of Pigs, at the Peninsula de Zapata, 32 km. from the National Highway. This bay became famous after on April 1961, an army of Cuban exiles invaded the island in order to overthrow Fidel Castro's newly established revolutionary government.

The visitor may take sea baths at Playa Larga, a beach of excellent sand and warm waters located at the bay's end, as well as enjoy nature at Montemar Great Natural Park, a must visit for those really interested in exploring Cuba's Natural Wealth.

The International Birdwatching Center operates in Playa Larga as a starting point for different sites of day or night time bird watching in the heart of Montemar woods. Southwest of Playa Larga lies Laguna de las Salinas, now included in the Wildlife Refuge. This is a place where, from November to April, the visitor can see many species of migratory waterfowl.

A more accessible site is the Cueva de los Peces, a flooded tectonic fault about 70 m. deep. These half-rounded lagoons, called cenotes have arisen from the partial caving-in of cave's roofs. Blind fish can also be seen in these caves.

About 200 m. west along the beach from Villa Playa Larga is the International Octopus Club Diving Center, offering full scuba facilities. In these turquoise-blue waters dwell a wide variety of fish, sea fans and huge colonies of crabs, lobsters and barracudas. Legal Cuba Travel for American Professionals

Services and Amenities:

  • 68 air-conditioning rooms.
  • Telephone- national & international calls.
  • Satellite television.
  • Voltage 110v/ 60hz, radio alarm, safe deposit box.
  • Beach, swimming pool, scuba diving school, snorkelling.
  • Entertainment programs, daily activities programmes.
  • Internet on hotel's PCs, laundry & ironing service.
  • Ecological excursions, fishing, bird watching.
  • Field sports, tennis courts, games room, motorcycle rental.
  • Bar, lobby bar, poolside snack bar, TV room/bar.
  • Restaurant, international cuisine.
  • Shop(s) with basic supplies, souvenirs & gifts, gallery.
  • Mastercard & Visa (not USA bank issued) accepted.
  • Money exchange.
  • Reception staff speak Spanish, English, French, German, Italian.
Montemar Natural Park is located on the Zapata Peninsula, one of the largest swamps in the Caribbean.

It is characterized by endless blue beaches, exotic forests, rivers, lakes, flooded caverns, natural pools, unbeatable sea bottoms, virgin areas, typical marshland savannas, and 30% of Cuba's indigenous fauna, including over 160 species of birds, 18 of them endemic.

The park is one of the country's richest zones for ecological tourism, as well as for hiking, bird watching, game photography, all types of scuba diving, trekking, boat rides and other water and land sports.