Maria la Gorda lies 306 km (190 miles) southwest of Havana. It is a tiny beach and dive resort situated on the eastern end of Bahia de Corrientes on Peninsula de Guanacahabibes. The resort is almost exclusively aimed at divers but is also a base for naturalists who look to explore the flora and fauna of Guanacahabibes Peninsula, which has been declared an International Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO.
Maria la Gorda is named after legendary Venezuelan beauty, marooned here by pirates. She survived and decided to use the favorable location of the site (stop of pirate ships roaming the Caribbean for refuge, water/food provision and entertainment). Maria set up “business” in this unique place which later took her name.
The International Diving Center “María la Gorda’s” is located in Pinar del Rio province, on the far West of Cuba, Guanahacabibes Peninsula. It is perhaps the best diving spot in the world, with a huge black coral reserve and the most exquisite fauna. Maria la Gorda diving zone in Ensenada de Corrientes is among the most protected Cuban areas, within limits of one of the world's best-preserved Reserves of the Biosphere. It features an amazing coral reef development at a very short distance from coast.
In the resort's surroundings is a restaurant, bar, store, 24h medical service, international phone service, rent a car agency, International Marina Service (Customs, Immigration, Health and Coast Guards authorities, as well as water, diesel and laundry services and food market). The restaurant is specialized in preparing fresh fish.
Highlights: Dive resort, Guanacahabibes Peninsula Reserve
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