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Top Choice Lake in Laguna de la Leche & Laguna la Redonda

Laguna la Redonda

Anglers, listen up: 12km north of Morón, off the Cayo Coco road, this mangrove-rimmed, 4-sq-km lake has the island's best square-kilometer density of bass and trout. Four hours of fishing costs CUC$70. Boat trips ar…
Beach in Cayo Guillermo

Playa Pilar

This much sought-after strip of sand is regularly touted as Cuba's (and the Caribbean's) best beach, courtesy of its diamond-dust white sand and rugged 15m-high sand dunes (the largest of their kind in the Caribbean…
Island in Cayo Coco

Cayo Paredón Grande

East of Cayo Coco, a road crosses over to Cayo Romano (technically Camagüey Province) and turns north to Cayo Paredón Grande and Faro Diego Velázquez, a 52m lighthouse dating from 1859. This area has a couple of iso…
Seafood in Cayo Coco

Lenny's Lobster Shack

Named unofficially after a Canadian tourist and regular patron, Lenny's is a beautiful opened-sided thatched rondavel on hotel-free Playa Prohibida decorated with old Canadian license plates and famed for one dish –…
International in Morón

Restaurante Maité la Qbana

Maité is a highly creative cook whose international dishes, prepared with mucho amor, will leave you wondering why insipid all-inclusive buffets ever got so popular. Prepare for al dente pasta, fine wine, homemade c…
Lake in Florencia

La Presa de Florencia

The Florencia area's focal point is an artificial lake called La Presa de Florencia, formed when a dam was built on the Río Chambas in 1991. The lake and its surrounding hills are unexpectedly beautiful and little v…
Wildlife Reserve in Loma de Cunagua

Loma de Cunagua

This wild, foliage-covered loma (hill), the province's only real high ground, was turned into a flora-and-fauna reserve in 1985. With its fabulous coastal views, abundant birdlife and quiet rustic ambience it doesn'…
Park in Ciego de Ávila

Parque de la Ciudad

The once scrubby wasteland between Hotel Ciego de Ávila and the city center, on the northwestern edge of town, is now a vast park featuring an artificial lake, the Embalse la Turbina, with boating available, childre…
Lake in Laguna de la Leche & Laguna la Redonda

Laguna de la Leche

Laguna de la Leche (Milk Lake), named for its reflective underwater lime deposits, is Cuba's largest natural lake (66 sq km). Its water content is a mixture of fresh and salt water, and anglers flock here to hook th…
Museum in Ciego de Ávila

Museo Provincial Simón Reyes

One of Cuba's best-presented municipal museums, this mustard-yellow building with a typical avileño porch is one convertible well spent. Riveting exhibits include a scale model of La Trocha, detailed information on …