Hotel Villa Maria la Gorda is located on the western tip of Cuba, in the Guanahacabibes Peninsula, in the Cabo Corrientes Nature Reserve and is especially recommended for scuba divers.
Facilities of the hotel include one buffet restaurant and another one specialized in seafood, bar, car rental, post office, shop, 2 boats for diving (with capacity for 28 and 12 divers), experienced instructors with knowledge of English, French, Russian and Italian, and modern equipment for diving lessons, certified by SSI and CMAS. More information on scuba diving at Maria la Gorda is available on check rates and availability page.
Reception staff speak Spanish, English, French, German, Italian
Safety - uniformed security personnel 24hrs
Shop(s) with basic supplies, souvenirs & gifts
Telephone - national & international calls
Tours & tourist information desk
TV room/bar (international channels & videos)
Details of Standard Room
Hotel is made up of 55 air-conditioned rooms right on the beach, with private bathrooms, and most of them with a direct view of the sea. The rooms are either in the two larger common type villas or the new more numerous and spacious wood cabins.
At the westernmost tip of Cuba, in the Pinar del Rio province, you can find one of the most virgin natural zones in the Cuban archipelago. The Guanahacabibes Peninsula region, due to its treasures of flora, fauna, and for its sea and terrestrial landscapes, has been a Biosphere Reserve as declared by UNESCO since 1987.
On the coast of the "Reserva de la Biosfera Península de Guanahacabibes" are many beautiful white sandy beaches. And off the coast are extensive coral reefs. All of which are some of the most pristine in the world. Visitors are able to experience dozens of dive sites off the southern shores, from Maria La Gorda International Diving Centre, and now dozens more off the northern shores, from the new Cabo San Antonio International Diving Centre.
Birds like Cartacuba, Tocororo, Sijú platanero, Zunzuncito, among many others, are to be found in a migration corridor of more than 50 species flying from north to south and vice versa, and stopping in the coastal lagoons and wetlands.
Guanahacabibes also supports 35 species of reptiles, and is an important habitat for iguanas, majaes and other reptiles.
N.B. Biosphere reserves are sites recognized under UNESCO's Man and the Biosphere Programme which innovate and demonstrate approaches to conservation and sustainable human development. The 121,572 hectare "Reserva de la Biosfera Península de Guanahacabibes" has within it the 39,901 hectare national park since 2001 "Parque Nacional Península de Guanahacabibes" and the two strictly protected nature reserves since 1963 "Cabo Corrientes" and "El Veral".