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Playa Giron

Playa Giron or in English Giron beach is a village on the east bank of the Bahia de Cochinos made famous by the infamous Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba. Located in the province of Matanzas, few consider that the Matanzas province straddles the width of Cuba, meaning it has both northern and southern coastline.

Playa Giron

To the north Matanzas offers the famous Varadero Beach and, on the southern coast of Cuba, it offers Giron as municipality of Cienaga de Zapata. Playa Giron is located on one of the largest wetlands in the world. Not unlike the topography of Southern Florida, the Cienaga de Zapata or Zapata Swamp offers a diverse biosphere and is largely untouched. The village of Giron was named after the notorious French pirate Gilberto Giron.

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Why visit Playa Giron?

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Whether your reason to visit Giron and the Bay of Pigs site is for historical motives or you simply wish to stay at one of the most beautiful and largely untouched areas of Cuba, we are sure you´ll enjoy your time here with us. The small village of Giron is a alive both night and day, spurred on by the constant visitors, the town has grown to accommodate the many needs of tourists to the region.

Playa Giron Coast

There are several budget hotels along Playa Giron, with Hotel Playa Giron being the most famous. There are also some excellent casa particulares in Playa Giron. Probably the most popular with tourists is the Hotel Playa Larga. This 3 star hotel is located on the equally impressive Playa Larga which is an astoundingly beautiful white sand beach. Hotel Finca Don Pedro is a cheaper 2 star property also on the Playa Larga Beach. Another budget hotel but which is very popular is the Hotel Laguna del Tesoro 3 star property.

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Bay of Pigs Invasion Playa Giron

Bay of Pigs Playa Giron

In April 1961, Playa Giron was one of two landing sites for seaborne forces of about 1,500 armed Cuban exiles in the Bay of Pigs Invasion, a United States of America CIA backed, attempt to unseat and overthrow the new government of Cuban Prime Minister Fidel Castro. Over 70 hours of intense fighting took place in many parts of the Cienaga de Zapata swamp region with Playa Giron being the last remaining area occupied by the invaders.

Bay of Pigs at Playa Giron

Today, the Museo Girón is a small museum dedicated to the historical conflict. The failed CIA attempt has been a long standing motive for angst between the two nations.