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Bay of Pigs, Cuba

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The Bay of Pigs is an inlet of the Gulf of Cazones located on the southern coast of Cuba. By 1910, it was included in Santa Clara Province, and then instead to Las Villas Province by 1961, but in 1976, it was reassigned to Matanzas Province, when the original six provinces of Cuba were re-organized into 14 new Provinces of Cuba.GeographyThis bay is approximately 30 kilometers South of Jagüey Grande, 70 kilometers west of the city of Cienfuegos, and 150 kilometers southeast from the capital city Havana. On the western side of the bay, coral reefs border the main Zapata Swamp, part of the Zapata Peninsula. On the eastern side, beaches border margins of firm ground with mangroves and extensive areas of swampland to the north and east. At the north end of the bay, the village of Buena Ventura is adjacent to Playa Larga (Long Beach). 35 kilometers southeast of that, Playa Girón (Giron Beach) at the village of Girón, named after the notorious French pirate Gilberto Giron (c. 1604).HistoryPlaya Girón and Playa Larga were the landing sites for seaborne forces of armed Cuban exiles in the Bay of Pigs Invasion, an American CIA-sponsored attempt to overthrow the new government of Cuban Prime Minister Fidel Castro in April 1961.
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  • The area had been worked over by a hurricane just before our arrival so was definitely in recovery mode. We stopped off on our way from Havana to Cienfugoes and had a swim, was able to hire a snorkel ...  more »
  • Known for the CIAs failed military invasion of Cuba, the Bay of Pigs is now peaceful. The inland most anchor town is Playa Larga where the expanse of the bay can be seen best. Surrounding the bay is t...  more »
  • Looking at the area now, it is hard to realize that this is an historical area because of the abortive invasion in the 60's. Now it is basically just another beach - sandy in some areas and rocky in o...  more »
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  • Taken prisoner by Cuban Communists. Would not recommend.
  • Beautiful snorkeling. It felt surreal to be there. Highly recommended.
  • The invasion was a failure
  • Good
  • Normal place

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