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Diving in Playa Girón & Playa Larga

The beautiful beaches of Playa Girón and Playa Larga are famous destinations with lovely hidden scuba diving sites; cenotes, reefs, caverns, and more.

Diving in Playa Girón & Playa Larga

Quick facts

Playa Girón has an abundance of dives to check out from caverns to cenotes to coral reefs. The most famous dive is Punta Perdiz, a tantalizing reef where plenty of fish congregate. There are two main sites here, and both have equally incredible views.

The cenote on the island gives divers the unique opportunity to see cavern wildlife and awesome formations. There is a blurry, ethereal line that blurs between the fresh and salt water. When you cross through, you feel you have entered a new world.

Check out larger marine life on a deeper dive. Head to El Jaruco for a deep wreck dive. Nurse sharks hang out on the sea floor, and reef fish meander through the coral.

Because of its proximity to the reef, most of the dives on Playa Girón can be done from the shore, making it even easier to get in the dives you crave.

When to go

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What to see

You can see fascinating creatures like saw fish during dives in Playa Girón and Playa Larga. In the caves and cenotes, odd red shrimp hide out, and massive corals and sponges adorn the reefs. All varieties of reef fish flit about, from mackerels to barracudas.

Farther out, you will run across larger fish and mammals. Dolphins are especially common.


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Playa Girón is found on the Bay of Pigs, a bay with a famous name that is now being appreciated for its abundance of wildlife. The village is centered along the beach, found in one of the world’s largest wetland.

At the center of a conflict back in 1961, Girón and Larga were actually landing sites during the Bay of Pigs Invasion, and there is a museum here that is well worth a visit. The conflict between the USA and Cuba that began around this time is finally on the road to mending itself, today.

The islands are warm and comfortable throughout the year, and are frequented by tourism. There are still places to get away from it all here, making it a favorite haunt for backpackers and adventurers.

Other attractions

On Playa Girón, go to the Museo Giron where you will learn all about the region’s fascinating history. Go to the Cueva de los Peces for an excellent hike or two, as well as a stellar place to cool off, taking a wel- earned dip. Both islands have beaches that you won’t want to leave, so soak up some rays in that warm Cuban sun.

Getting there

Once you make it to Havana you can take a local flight to a nearby town or utilize public transportation. Many guests opt to rent or hire a car, getting you where you need to go in the fastest time possible.


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