Maria la Gorda is in Pinar del Rio province in western Cuba. It is generally synonymous with the diving camp that is positioned there.
The entire settlement is made up of a resort, diving centre, small shop, sandy beach front and 2 places to eat.
Having said that, even if you are not a diver, it is a awesome place to shell out a night time.
If you stroll a few kilometers absent from the camp, to the major of the peninsula, you see exciting landscape — mangrove swamp and the sea are divided by wall of old shells/corals. Some big (50 cm) vacant shells there.
This entire peninsula was just lately run over by Hurricane Ivan (and subsequently Hurricane Wilma) and it will likely acquire some time to restore its pure magnificence.
Diving is the primary activity on supply. A array of choices are obtainable, and snorkeling journeys go out with just about every dive (while on just one vacation there was small to be observed by snorkelers that could not be witnessed by snorkeling from the jetty). There is also a volleyball pitch.
The resort also advertises that it runs mountaineering excursions, and other amusement, but tourists report very little evidence of any of that.
If you have your very own transportation it is feasible to push (with a paid out tutorial) to the western conclusion of mainland Cuba. You may perhaps see some Iguanas. There is a deep swimming gap with an underground connection to the sea (and containing some tropical fish) at the Ecological station, in which the road satisfies the sea on the way in. Other visits (together with hikes) are also available from the station. If you happen to be fascinated in Cuban birdlife there are a several bits and pieces to be witnessed. Bee Hummingbirds (the smallest chook in the earth) are stated to be existing on the peninsula and at Playa Larga. Royal Terns loaf on the piles near the resort entrance and there are some Yellow-headed Warblers and Black-throated Inexperienced Warblers all-around a dump not much from the resort – stick to a keep track of into the scrubby woodland future to a roadside pool on the inland aspect of the street half a mile or so from the resort entrance. In spring significant black, yellow and red land crabs swarm in their hundreds throughout the streets (especially just after rain) and the unavoidable casualties draw in scavenging flocks of Turkey Vultures. Really a sight.
There are no community buses to this portion of Cuba. You can on the other hand e-book transfers very easily by way of tour companies.
From Vinales for case in point a transfer bus leaves day-to-day at 8:00am and returns at 5:00pm – journey time 3hrs expense 15CUC per person. Bear in brain that Maria la Gorda is a extensive way from everywhere.
Lodge Maria la Gorda, CUC 66 for a space with 2 beds (incredibly hot drinking water, Tv set, prosperous breakfast). This is the only lodge in full spot down from Guane. They have a intricate of picket cabins linked by walkways which ended up comfy and enjoyable.
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The evening meal buffet is no superior and at 15CUC per particular person is extremely negative price. There is also a small a la carte cafe which is marginally much better. When scheduling the lodge never acquire the evening meal possibility – you can come to a decision when you get there if you want to chance the buffet! (In March 2006 the foodstuff was found to be Ok, though the cafe was improved than the buffet. Both of those were no much better or even worse than most of the foods in many components of Cuba.)