Cabo de San Antonio is a paradise where nature, sun and beach combine. It is ideal for hiking, diving and bird watching. Located in the Guanahacabibes National Park, it demands from visitors a conservationist spirit in order to protect nature and the species that inhabit it.
The greatest treasure is its marine fauna, with more than 200 species of coral reef fish and 20% endemic to the area. In the months of July and August visitors can participate in the census of 4 species of sea turtles that spawn only in this area. This activity is nocturnal, flashlights and flash cameras are not allowed, only the equipment provided by CITMA specialists (Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment).
Things you should know about Cabo de San Antonio:
– Mobile coverage is bad or almost zero in this area.
– Cabo San Antonio is far from Havana (5 hours approximately) so, we do not recommend booking an international flight on the same day as the stay ends. In the same way, the arrival in Cuba should be at least one day prior to check in date.
– The route is not recommended at night. The road is narrow and you have to be careful with animals that live wild in the area, such as pigs and deer.
– The migration stage of the Red Crab usually occurs the first spring rains. Crabs migrate from the nearby forests to the bay to spawn in the sea at the end of their mating season. This movement can cover several sections of the road. It is an impressive sight but be careful with the tires of your vehicle.
History of Cabo de San Antonio
The different areas of the place owe their name to legends and stories linked almost all to pirates:
– Juan Claro: Spanish pirate who operated in the region at the end of the 18th century.
– El Holandés Beach or Punta del Holandés: by a pirate of Dutch origin who stayed in the area for a long time and who is said to have died in a confrontation with the famous pirate Francis Drake.
– The English: by the frequent presence of English-speaking pirates.
– María La Gorda: It is said that she was abandoned in the place by pirates and survived thanks to the smuggling of leather, food and the oldest profession we know.
Cabo de San Antonio has facilities to stay and enjoy the tranquility of the place and the beautiful landscapes it offers.
- Villa Cabo San Antonio
- María la Gorda
Distances and travel times from Havana to Cabo de San Antonio
- From Havana (Playa municipality) to María la Gorda – 325 km
- From María la Gorda to Cabo de San Antonio – 74 km
- Las Terrazas… 35 min
- Candelaria… 40 min
- Los Palacios… 55 min
- Consolación… 1:05 hrs
- Pinar del Río City… 2:30 hrs
- San Juan and Martínez… 2:45 min
- Sabalo… 3:00 hrs
- Sandino… 3:35 hrs
- La Fe… 3:40 hrs
- La Bajada… 4:15 hrs
- Villa Cabo San Antonio 4:40 hrs or 5:00 hrs depending on the driver and type of car.