Bay of Pigs (Playa Girón)


Located on Cuba's southern coast about an hour and a half by taxi from Cienfuegos, Playa Girón is a surprisingly pretty beach near the site of the bungled invasion of Cuba by CIA-sponsored Cuban exiles who originally fled Cuba upon the rise of Castro. If you have time and a rental car, this can be a nice day trip from Cienfuegos and offers some pretty fantastic snorkeling. If you have an interest in history there are several monuments along the road to the Bay of Pigs as well as a mediocre museum on the incident.