The sandy arc of Playa Girón nestles peacefully on the eastern side of the infamous Bahía de Cochinos, 48km south of Boca de Guamá. Notorious as the place where the Cold War almost got hot, the beach is actually named for a French pirate, Gilbert Girón, who met his end here by decapitation in the early 1600s at the hands of embittered locals.
Rancho Luna is a diminutive, picturesque beach resort 18km south of Cienfuegos close to the jaws of Bahía de Cienfuegos. It has two midrange, low-key hotel complexes, but it's also possible to stay in a scattering of casas particulares on the approach road to Hotel Club Amigo Faro Luna. Protected by a coral reef, the coast has good snorkeling.