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Peninsula de Zapata National Park

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Ranked #89 of 336 Attractions in Cuba
Type: National Parks
Activities: Viewing wildlife
Description: Cuba’s largest ecosystem encompasses both swamp and beach.
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7 reviews 7 reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Playa Larga on the Peninsula de Zapata is often overlooked on the trek from Vinales to Cienfuegos .Situated in the Bay of Pigs.In the village of Caleton you will find Casa Ki Ki which boasts light and airey rooms with dineing on the waters edge .The long beach is great for walks at sunset or for just laying around on.... More

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Sydney, Australia
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1,042 helpful votes 1,042 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Hardly my wife’s preferred birding choice, Cuba was not high on her wish list but I was keen on Cuban politics so we had to find something of interest for her. As an appeasement, I googled Cuban birds finding the world’s smallest bird resided in the Zapata swamp forests. She was suddenly interested and the bee hummingbird was not the... More

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Prague, Czech Republic
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

take a few hours tour there if you like to watch birds and flamingos in a wild. don't forget to spray yourself against mosquitos :)

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Hove, Belgium
18 reviews 18 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

We enjoyed this outing very much when traveling to Playa Larga. I would recommend to go to the crocodile farm as early as possible. Before the busses of tourists arrive. The boat trip was fun, especially our kids enjoyed this ride.

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Toronto, Canada
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40 reviews 40 reviews
9 attraction reviews
191 helpful votes 191 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2014

Although somewhat remote, located en route to Playa Larga, La Cueva de los Peces is a natural wonder worth experiencing. The locale is beautiful, combined with the plants that spring from the volacanic rock, this is definitely a gift from nature. Described as Cuba’s largest natural flooded salt water cave that leads to the ocean, even non divers will appreciate... More

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Echo Bay, Canada
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

This is a review of birding and accommodations in Zapata National Park/Playa Larga, Cuba. Early February 2014. We stayed one week at an all-inclusive resort in Varadero. A taxi arranged by El Chino de Zapata (Orestes Martinez Garcia) picked up our group of five early one morning and returned us to Varadero the next day. We stayed in El Chino’s... More

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6 reviews 6 reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

We stayed in Varadero at the Bella Costa for a week at the end of January. Had a great time. One of my main agenda items for our trip was to photograph Flamingos. In order to do that we had to make our way to Zapata National Park. We hired a taxista to drive us there for the day -... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2013

Highly recommended for visiting, this is a great place for visiting especially for those who want to see bird's, like to fish and wildlife conservation.

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Top Contributor
72 reviews 72 reviews
32 attraction reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2013

I visited the peninsula de Zapata during may 2013 - our trip included a visit to the Guama Taino village and to the crocodile nursery. our guide was exceptional and gave lots of interesting details of the area, especially about the wildlife and flora. the taino village is well laid out to educate visitors about the lifestyle of the first... More

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Fort Wayne, Indiana
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85 attraction reviews
123 helpful votes 123 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2013 via mobile

We received a lecture of the area by the director prior to venturing into the area. Our focus the birds. If you are a birder worth the visit, saw many birds only found in Cuba.

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