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Peninsula de Zapata National Park

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Activities: Viewing wildlife
Description: Cuba’s largest ecosystem encompasses both swamp and beach.

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Little piece of paradise!

During our journey through Cuba, my wife and I spent a brief time at this National Park. This is a great place to snorkel and scuba in the Caribbean and observe a lot of beautiful... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 12, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

During our journey through Cuba, my wife and I spent a brief time at this National Park. This is a great place to snorkel and scuba in the Caribbean and observe a lot of beautiful fish and birds. Across from the Caribbean, there is a short walk through a wooded area to a lovely watering hole that also contain lots... More 

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California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

Zapata Swamp, or in Spanish Cienaga de Zapata, is one of the most extensive remnants of coastal Caribbean biodiversity left in the region. Now a prized National Park for Cuba, and proposed World Heritage Site, this area covering more than 2300 square miles encompasses swap prairies, forests, blue-water beaches, rivers, lakes, flooded caverns and ponds. I learned from our guide... More 

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Comox, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

We spent 3 days in the sleepy fishing village of Playa Larga. The highlight of our visit was a guided bird watching tour of the Park Reserve.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Don't miss to see this peninsula if you visit Cuba. Take a local made small boat trip to go to the.resort. It is amazing. Heaven on earth.

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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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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
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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
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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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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
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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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