Maria la Gorda is in Pinar del Rio province in western Cuba. It’s largely synonymous with the diving camp that’s located there.
Your entire settlement consists of a lodge, diving centre, small store, sandy seaside and a pair of eating places.
Nevertheless, even in case you are not a diver, it’s a good place to spend an evening.
In case you stroll just a few kilometers away from the camp, in direction of the highest of the peninsula, you see fascinating panorama — mangrove swamp and the ocean are divided by wall of previous shells/corals. Some large (50 cm) empty shells there.
This complete peninsula was not too long ago run over by Hurricane Ivan (and subsequently Hurricane Wilma) and it’ll in all probability take a while to revive its pure magnificence.
Diving is the principle exercise on supply. A spread of choices can be found, and snorkeling journeys exit with each dive (although on one journey there was little to be seen by snorkelers that could not be seen by snorkeling from the jetty). There’s additionally a volleyball pitch.
The lodge additionally advertises that it runs mountain climbing excursions, and different leisure, however vacationers report little proof of any of that.
You probably have your personal transport it’s doable to drive (with a paid information) to the western finish of mainland Cuba. You might even see some Iguanas. There’s a deep swimming gap with an underground connection to the ocean (and containing some tropical fish) on the Ecological station, the place the street meets the ocean on the way in which in. Different journeys (together with hikes) are additionally obtainable from the station. In case you’re thinking about Cuban birdlife there are just a few bits and items to be seen. Bee Hummingbirds (the smallest hen on the earth) are mentioned to be current on the peninsula and at Playa Larga. Royal Terns loaf on the piles close to the resort entrance and there are some Yellow-headed Warblers and Black-throated Inexperienced Warblers round a dump not removed from the resort – comply with a monitor into the scrubby woodland subsequent to a roadside pool on the inland aspect of the street half a mile or so from the resort entrance. In spring massive black, yellow and pink land crabs swarm of their lots of throughout the roads (particularly after rain) and the inevitable casualties entice scavenging flocks of Turkey Vultures. Fairly a sight.
There are not any public buses to this a part of Cuba. You may nevertheless guide transfers simply by means of tour businesses.
From Vinales for instance a switch bus leaves every day at 8:00am and returns at 5:00pm – journey time 3hrs price 15CUC per particular person. Keep in mind that Maria la Gorda is a great distance from wherever.
Resort Maria la Gorda, CUC 66 for a room with 2 beds (scorching water, TV, wealthy breakfast). That is the one lodge in complete space down from Guane. They’ve a fancy of wood cabins linked by walkways which have been snug and nice.
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The dinner buffet is not any good and at 15CUC per particular person could be very unhealthy worth. There’s additionally a small a la carte restaurant which is marginally higher. When reserving the lodge do not take the dinner possibility – you’ll be able to resolve once you get there if you wish to threat the buffet! (In March 2006 the meals was discovered to be OK, although the restaurant was higher than the buffet. Each have been no higher or worse than many of the meals in numerous components of Cuba.)