Overview

The Maria La Gorda Hotel and International Diving Centre sits right on the beach in the middle of the Guanahacabibes National Park; the westernmost tip of Cuba. This secluded hotel has attractive cabanas connected by pretty wooden walkways, seemingly growing out of the forest, as well as some dotted along the beach. A stay here truly feels like being part of nature. The Guanahacabibes National Park is a nature-lover's dream, with over 1,000 square metres of trees, plants and orchids that is home to over 170 species of bird, 18 different mammals, 35 species of reptile, amphibians and butterflies. A UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, this stunning area is also where local sea turtles choose to come ashore to lay their eggs during the summer nights. The area also has a rich history, with around 100 archaeological sites relating to indigenous peoples. The biggest draw for the Maria La Gorda Hotel is the International Diving Centre attached, which offers excursions to local renowned dive sites on its two dive boats. Certain dive gear is also included in the price of a stay at the hotel. The warm waters around the Guanahacabibes Peninsula are teeming with brightly coloured fish, vast coral reefs and other sea life, and the area is considered to be one of the best dive areas in Latin America. There are dozens of dive sites in the area, including underwater canyons, swim-through caves and Ancia del Pirata; an 18th century anchor now covered in coral and sea plants. Snorkelling and big game fishing for barracuda and marlin are also available from the hotel, or guests can choose to simply lounge under palm trees on the pristine white sands of the beach. Seeing the sun set over the ocean is the perfect way to end a day of diving, bird-watching or relaxing. The Maria La Gorda hotel offers divers and nature fans a charming, simple place to stay while they enjoy the Pinar Del Rio region. Rooms are spacious and benefit from air conditioning, minibars, private bathrooms and satellite TV, and there is a shop, bar and restaurant serving fresh seafood on site.
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