Península de Zapata National Park

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Península de Zapata National Park
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Cuba’s largest ecosystem encompasses both swamp and beach.
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Bidule05
France641 contributions
May 2020
We visited the beautiful Parque Natural Montemar, which was declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 2001. It is located in Zapata peninsula,
It’s a large area of salt pans, t’s a large area of salt pans, marshes and mangroves with many crocodiles.
It’s a paradise for birdwatching! and a good spot for catch-and-release fishing!
Written April 17, 2021
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Bucket Lister
Beverly, MA214 contributions
Mar 2020
We went in March, but it was already quite dry. We saw a few flamingoes, egrets, cormorants and roseate spoonbills. Recommend going earlier in the season.
Written March 21, 2020
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REDMAN
Egaleo, Greece3,982 contributions
May 2019 • Friends
From Havana Cuba, we got a classic taxi with other tourists. What a beautiful place in the nature with many things to see.
And great local cocktails.
Written June 12, 2019
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Peter K
Geneva, Switzerland170 contributions
Jan 2019 • Couples
Well, if you are just interested in lying on a sandy beach you choose Varadero or Playa Ancon, if it is scuba diving and snorkeling you go to Playa Giron but if, in addition to the above, you also are interested in wildlife you choose Playa Larga. Make a reservation for a guide at the Rangers office just 500m up the road and next day set out on a bird watching tour of 3h in the Zapata National Park. You need your binoculars. We found both the lagoons, the pleasant 23 C weather and fresh air ideal for our Jan excursion and thankfully there were no mosquitoes. The guide was very knowledgeable and the tour was an excellent choice.This said, it is not for thrill-seekers and I understand their disappointment expressed in comments on this webpage.
Written March 7, 2019
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Photospeaker
Bainbridge, NY203 contributions
Mar 2018
East and south of Havana, one discovers horse-drawn buggies and carts, huge abandoned dormitories that once housed farmer neophytes transferred from the cities, smoke stacks in the distance belching smoke into the heavens (probably sugar factories), jungle, the unique Cuban crocodiles, and more fine music. The Zapata, even in March, is hot and somewhat humid. The pace of life is slower than Havana, but Cuba's efforts at real conservation is evident in the Zapata reserve. The Cuban crocodile is smaller than the American alligator and is unique, and potentially endangered. Many species of bird, insect and animal, endemic only to Cuba, can be discovered in the swamps and marshlands along the island's southern coast. However, guides and government mentors are absolutely required, and it takes some toughness to negotiate the jungle's fringes.

Very nearby is the Bay of Pigs, and there one can find comfort and welcoming homestay hosts along the seashore. The amenities are spare but clean and well supplied with food and drink. Europeans and Canadians, again, appear to be the most conspicuous visitors.
Written July 8, 2018
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Asiyah Noemi K
Pula, Croatia4,583 contributions
Jul 2017 • Family
A beautiful exciting journey into untouched nature. Almost something new that we could not imagine. Extremely beautiful. We visited the swamp in the dry season and went bird watching with a local guide who was very knowledgeable and informative. Zapata National Park is located in part to the Bay of Pigs. We know the history and events that took place in this place. The failed mercenary invasion and the heroic defense of the Cubans under the leadership of iconic Fidel Castro makes this place even more special. The same swamp is extraordinary and attractive tourist options. Blue-water beaches, exotic forests, rivers, lakes, flooded caverns, natural ponds, virgin areas and swamp prairies are safe havens for 30 percent of Cuba's autochthonous fauna. Extremely rich with many species of birds and crocodiles is a paradise for lovers of it. Lovely attractions in the Zapata Swamp are the Bidos's Salt Mines, where bird watchers can observe many species of birds, and the Cueva de los Peces (Fish Cave), the largest flooded cavern in the Cuban archipelago and an excellent place for cave diving. With an experienced guide, the impression is even bigger. There are a lot of mosquitoes but in which swamps do not exist. We were exceptionally pleasantly surprised. Definitely worth a visit if you are in the area.
Written June 4, 2018
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Martin S
Havant36 contributions
May 2018
We are staying in Playa Larga and our accommodation hosts arranged a trip to the National Park, complete with jeep and driver and national park guide for around 50 CUC per trip. Entry to the Park is only permitted with a guide, and there are three excursion options offered: one to the Salinas (salt-water lagoons), one to the swamps and the other to the limestone area. We were advised that the swamps trail would be very muddy due to the recent rains and also rife with mosquitoes so we opted for the other two trips. The Salinas trip was spent mostly in the jeep but we did get out a few times to see the flamingoes and pelicans and various other birds. Particularly memorable were the hundreds of land crabs on the track that scuttled out of our way as we approached. The limestone trip was spent mostly on foot over a rough track through the forest. We were able to see a variety of birdlife - the guide had an app on her phone that played birdcalls to attract the real thing - and more crabs and even a crocodile. There was also an opportunity for a refreshing swim in a cenote (no crocodiles !).
Written June 3, 2018
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looking4nature
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica123 contributions
May 2018 • Solo
I had the opportunity to visit this place on May 17th during my time in Cuba, I used a local, expert birding guide Angel Martinez angelczcuba@gmial.com, he is excellent and knows so much about the local birds, he took me to places I would have never found on my own, and showed me an excellent array of species. Highly recommended.
Written May 28, 2018
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Birute0273
Vilnius, Lithuania26 contributions
Mar 2018
We have been living in the Casa Sol y Caribe . This hostel is not luxurious but really in the beach. The beach is sandy, what is rear in the western part of the island, it is all day working bar with the live music on the beach. All in one place. If you want to go for snorkeling and diving the local company will help. But the equipment is not in the acceptable condition. Better take your own.
Written March 20, 2018
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Lexie V.
Rhode Island164 contributions
Nov 2017 • Friends
Crocodile swamp area is especially captivating-especially at feeding times. The recreation of the Taino village was also interesting and worth the trip, the boat ride to the area was the best part!
Written January 16, 2018
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