Welcome to Boca de Guamá
Boca de Guamá may be a tourist creation, but as resorts around here go it's among the more imaginative. Situated about halfway between the Autopista Nacional at Jagüey Grande and the famous Bahía de Cochinos, it takes its name from native Taíno chief Guamá, who made a last stand against the Spanish in 1532 (in Baracoa). The big attraction is the boat trip through mangrove-lined waterways and across Laguna del Tesoro (Treasure Lake) to a 'recreation' of a Taíno village. Fidel once holidayed here and had a hand in developing the Taíno theme. You'll soon be struggling to draw parallels with pre-Columbian Cuba, however: raucous tour groups and even louder rap music welcome your voyage back in time. Arranged around the dock the boats depart from are a cluster of restaurants, expensive snack bars, knickknack shops and a crocodile farm. The palm-dotted grounds make a pleasant break from the surrounding swampy heat.