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Peninsula de Zapata National Park

#195 of 531 things to do in Cuba
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Address: Cuba
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Cuba’s largest ecosystem encompasses both swamp and beach.

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Important National park in Cuba, with many endemic species

This is a pristine preserved filled with flora, fauna, birds and more. A guide must be used and we saw on a tour for our family. Definitely a piece of Cuba if not the world that... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 7 May 2016
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 May 2016

This is a pristine preserved filled with flora, fauna, birds and more. A guide must be used and we saw on a tour for our family. Definitely a piece of Cuba if not the world that is untouched.

2 Thank shozgirl
Norwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2016

An excellent guided walk in the forest where our expert pointed out many local species. The birds were attracted by pre-recorded calls played by the guide. Also saw bats, boa constrictor, owls, crabs and lizards.

2 Thank NSWD
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2015 via mobile

Splendid boat ride across the lagoon to "Guama". There you have a native Indian village replica, a wooden walkway and bridges that take you along the lagoon to admired the huts and habitat. A great place for bird watching.

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Port of Spain, Trinidad
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2015

We did a day tour in the Zapata National Park. It was fantastic. We saw a variety of birds, trees and flowers. Make sure you have mosquito repellent. We stayed at a lovely Casa in Playa Larga, so access was easy.

4 Thank Tobagomagik
Pennington, New Jersey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 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 

2 Thank jonahNJ
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 June 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 bubbles Reviewed 5 June 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.

6 Thank Banffphotog
Istanbul, Turkey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2015 via mobile

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.

3 Thank Serdar Ö
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2014 via mobile

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 

5 Thank Terrence M
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 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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