If you want to stay somewhere peaceful & simple beside the sea, Hotel Playa Giron is a great choice – particularly if you want to try snorkelling or diving.
Located in the Zapata peninsula just over 2 hours from Varadero, the hotel is a popular destination for divers, with crystal clear waters full of coral, gorgonias, sponges & a wide variety of sea life as well as wrecks.
Cubanacan Playa Giron hotel consists of detached single storey chalets which provide a comfortable place for you to lay your head after a day in the water. The bars & restaurants of the central complex provide adequate all-inclusive food & drink with lots of fine fish & meat. Guests can also eat & drink for free at Caleta Buena, a short bus ride away, which provides fabulous snorkelling & diving areas.
The Hotel Playa Giron complex provides good evening entertainment, delivered with enthusiasm & a big smile by the dedicated staff. The daytime activities are generally based around watersports with pedaloes available, while equipment for diving & snorkelling can be inexpensively hired. There is also is plenty to do nearby, including the Bay of Pigs museum & the ruins of a military installation.
The spacing of the properties means that the only sounds you will hear at night are those from the sea, while the free roaming of animals such as horses, dogs & goats only adds to the rustic charm of the place.
If you want a get away from it all break where you can have peaceful isolation or mingle with villagers, you should consider Hotel Playa Giron. The hotel is also recommended for anyone wanting to explore marine life in warm, azure waters, whatever their diving or snorkelling experience.
The guest chalets are colourful, though rather basic with functional furnishing. All are ensuite with facilities including air conditioner, safe & satellite TV. The chalets are old & need renovation but they are spacious & well looked after by friendly maids.
Playa Giron, on the eastern side of the famous Bay of Pigs (Bahia de Cochinos), 48km south of Boca de Guama, is named for a French pirate who frequented the area centuries ago. The CIA-sponsored landing here on April 17, 1961, was defeated within 72 hours, as a museum and many monuments proclaim. In all, 200 invaders were killed, 1197 captured, and 11 hostile planes shot down. You really get the feel of reliving history by coming here, and the clear Caribbean waters washing these shores make Playa Giron a favorite destination for scuba divers and snorkelers. A lasting legacy of 1961 is that the entire Bay of Pigs area is strictly out of bounds to cruising yachts. Playa Giron's main resort is rather pleasant, and a huge seawall provides a protected swimming area. Long, white Playa Los Cocos, where the snorkeling is good, is just a five-minute walk south along the shore. The rocky soils of this region are of little use for agriculture and the population is sparse. Distances are long and public transportation is poor, so unless you've rented a car, you'd better be prepared to rough it.
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