The beautiful beach, with fine sand, is five miles (eight km) long.The seabed here is one of the richest in Cuba in terms of biodiversity and has the largest colony of black coral (Antipathes spp.) in the archipelago.
At its 39 scuba-diving sites, you can see gardens of gorgonians, sponges, a long wall with grottoes, abundant marine fauna and artefacts showing that both pirate and merchant ships used to anchor here in the past.
Location & how to get there
Maria La Gorda Beach is on Corrientes Bay, on the Guanahacabibes Peninsula, 93 miles (150 km) west of the city of Pinar del Rio and 188 miles (304 km) from Havana. You can reach it by road or by sea, for it has a marina (at 21 49'N. latitude, 84 29.8'W. longitude. For radio communication, turn to VHF 16).
What to do Maria La Gorda
Scuba diving (for both professionals and beginners) is the main activity at Maria La Gorda, together with underwater photography, with modern equipment and assistance from divers whose skill is attested to by the World Underwater Federtion (CMAS). However, the area's tranquility, fine white sandy beaches, many coconut palm treesand setting (with great natural and archeological attractions) offer many other options as well: sunbathing, swimming, other water sports, seafaris, lazig around, reading, hiking, ecotourism, bird-watching, nature walks and excursions to other points of interest on the Guanahacabibes Peninsula.
Located in the Guanacahabibes Biosphere Reserve, in eastern Cuba, is María la Gorda (Mary the Fat), where divers can enjoy crystal-clear and warm waters in 39 diving spots.