Matanzas, known as the Athens of Cuba and famous for its many bridges, interesting architecture and music, is on the way to famous Varadero Beach.
On the leafy main square, Parque Libertad, the Pharmaceutical Museum is a wonderfully preserved chemist’s shop. This classic plaza is surrounded by interesting buildings, monuments and museums to keep you occupied including the Museo Histórico Provincial, Teatro Sauto, and Cathedral of San Carlos. Being a nature loving person you are just going to love the Bellamar caves as it is the oldest attraction since 1860. Cuban music is a delight to the ears and one should go and visit the Tropicana Matanzas that depicts the history of ancient Cuba.
BAY OF PIGS
The Bay of Pigs is located on Cuba’s southern coast in the area known as the Zapata Peninsula, a two hour drive from Varadero, a bit more from Havana. Playa Girón and Playa Larga are two famous, white beaches in this bio-diverse and historically important region.
Most people know the “Bay of Pigs” ( Bahia de Cochinos) from the US-backed covert operation that took place there on April 17, 1961. The Museo de Playa Girón for a complete (and interesting) overview of the historic event that heated up the Cold War to dangerous levels.
Playa Larga is the headquarters of the Ciénaga de Zapata National Park. A paradise for outdoor enthusiasts, birdwatchers come from near and far to explore the excellent trails.
Scuba divers of all levels come for the superlative diving (and snorkeling).