The rutted road heading out of town toward Moa is a green paradise flecked with palm groves, rustic farmsteads and serendipitous glimpses of the ocean. There's windswept beaches, coffee farms and rain forest. In 2016, Hurricane Matthew hit this area hard, knocking a principle bridge out, but access has been restored.
Much of this region lies within the Cuchillas Toa Unesco Biosphere Reserve, an area of 2083 sq km that incorporates the Alejandro de Humboldt World Heritage Site. Here is Cuba's largest rain forest, with many precious hardwoods and a high number of endemic species.