Maria la Gorda is in Pinar del Rio province in western Cuba. It’s principally synonymous with the diving camp that’s located there.
The whole settlement consists of a lodge, diving centre, small store, sandy seaside and a couple of eating places.
Nevertheless, even if you’re 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 the 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 massive (50 cm) empty shells there.
This whole peninsula was just lately 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 primary exercise on provide. 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.
In case you have your personal transport it’s potential 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 highway meets the ocean on the way in which in. Different journeys (together with hikes) are additionally out there from the station. In case you’re excited about Cuban birdlife there are just a few bits and items to be seen. Bee Hummingbirds (the smallest hen on the earth) are stated 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 facet of the highway half a mile or so from the resort entrance. In spring massive black, yellow and purple 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 aren’t any public buses to this a part of Cuba. You’ll be able to nevertheless e book transfers simply by means of tour businesses.
From Vinales for instance a switch bus leaves each 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 good distance from anyplace.
Lodge 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 posh of wood cabins linked by walkways which have been snug and nice.
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The dinner buffet isn’t any good and at 15CUC per particular person may be very dangerous worth. There’s additionally a small a la carte restaurant which is marginally higher. When reserving the lodge do not take the dinner choice – 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 a lot of the meals in varied components of Cuba.)