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The Zapata Peninsula, which is located south of the province of Matanzas, is a combination of mountain and sea that provides extensive shelter to Cuba’s flora and fauna. It is a veritable paradise for bird-watchers, ecotourists in general and diving enthusiasts.

Attractions in this area, land of dense semi-deciduous shrubs, extensive wetlands and the winding canals that make up the largest marshlands in the Caribbean isles, include the crocodile farm in La Boca, which breeds over five thousand reptiles; the Tesoro Lagoon, with a depth of 10 m and almost 16 km2, considered to be the largest natural pool of water in the Cuban archipelago; the network of caves and lakes along the coastline; Larga and Girón beaches and even further, the treasures – a spectacular world of corals and a plethora of fish – buried deep along its shelf.
Montemar Great Natural Park, located around Bay of Pigs, is the largest and most important wetland in the island Caribbean. A wide variety of flora and fauna are found at the Park, including autocthonous and migratory birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, fishes and invertebrates.
The flora of the Park includes semi-deciduous and mangrove forests, marshy grassland (everglades) and coastal thickets. There are over one hundred animal species. Outstanding among birds are the ferminia (Ferminia cerverai); Santo Tomás coot (Cyanolimnas cerverai); a kind of sparrow called here Cabrerito de la Ciénaga (Torrearnis inexpectata); the fairy hummingbird, a long-tailed sparrow hawk, parrots, including Aratinga euops, and partridges.

La Salina Wildlife Refuge is one of Cuba’s main wintering areas for migratory birds from North America. Sixteen species of reptiles, none of which is poisonous, inhabit the area; outstanding specimens are the Cuban and American crocodiles. Mammals are also represented in Montemar: several hutia species, wild boar and deer. Ponds and lagoons are home to two aquatic vertebrates now threatened with extinction, the manatee (Trichechus manatus) and the Cuban alligator gar (Atractosteus tristoechus), an ancient fish that can only be found in this region.

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Hotel Parque Central
Luxury 5 star hotel near the Havana Capitolio.
Hotel Deauville ***
At the foot of the Havana seafront, B&B.
Hotel Tropicoco ***
All Inclusive, Santa María del Mar, Havana 
Club Tropical ***
All Inclusive in the middle of Varadero. AI
Hotel Aguas Azules
Towards the end of Varadero peninsula. AI
Brisas del Caribe ****
All the charms of a hotel at Vardadero. AI
Hotel Costasur ***
Playa María Aguilar, 12 km from Trinidad, AI
Hotel Ancón ***
The Ancón beach, 12 km from Trinidad, AI
Brisas Trinidad del Mar
A few kilometers from the city
of Trinidad. AI
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