As the island narrows at its western end, you fall upon the low-lying and ecologically rich Península de Guanahacabibes. One of Cuba's most isolated enclaves, it once provided shelter for its earliest inhabitants, the Guanahatabeys. A two-hour drive from Pinar del Río, this region lacks major tourist infrastructure, meaning it feels far more isolated than it is. There are two reasons to come here: a national park (also a Unesco Biosphere Reserve) and an international-standard diving center at María la Gorda.
Although the park border straddles the tiny community of La Fe, the reserve entrance is at La Bajada.
It's a 120km round-trip to Cuba's westernmost point from La Bajada. The lonesome Cabo de San Antonio is populated by a solitary lighthouse (Faro Roncali), the Gaviota Marina and Villa Cabo San Antonio. Abutting the hotel is Playa las Tumbas, Cuba's most isolated beach, where you can swim.