¿What to see on the western end of Cuba?

Cuba begins in a magical place called “Cabo de San Antonio”, in the province of Pinar del Río. This western end of the island is part of the biosphere reserve Peninsula of Guanahacabibes , declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco in 1987.

The peninsula was one of the last refuges of indigenous that fled from the Spanish conquerors and also has around 140 archaeological sites linked to the life of the aborigines, who were known as guanajatabeyes.

The waters around this mountainous system are important areas of spiny lobster and red snapper. So if you are ever in “El Cabo”, you can be sure that you will taste an exquisite and exclusive marine menu.

One of the main attractions of this remote town (apart from Guanahacabibes itself) is the Roncali Lighthouse , 22.5 meters high, built in the second half of the 19th century.

Every 10 seconds the light of the lighthouse makes two visible emissions up to 30 km away, which serves as a guide to the maritime traffic of the area.

Nearby is Las Tumbas Beach, a beautiful coastline of fine white sands 5 kilometers long with high ecological value where migratory birds take refuge to nest.

From the cliffs near the Roncali lighthouse you can see landscapes of singular beauty, backed by the unique plant biodiversity of Guanacahabibes and the waters of the Straits of Florida.

Also, the presence of coral reefs in perfect conditions create the sustenance for the development of underwater programs, also backed by the transparency and average annual temperature of Cuban waters.

The immersionists have at their disposal treasures of all kinds, thanks to the existence on the reefs of an extensive population of black coral, accompanied by the remains of ships from past eras of pirates and corsairs, now converted into a refuge for marine species.

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