Playa Girón



Best Beach in the Bay of Pigs

On the east bank of the Bay of Pigs lie a beloved beach and village named for a legendary 17th-century French pirate, Gilberto Girón. These days, they’re better known for their proximity to celebrated diving spots, and Playa Girón continues to deliver unforgettable Caribbean adventures in an unapologetically Cuban atmosphere.

The nearby village isn’t big on attractions and activities, so focus your plans on the white sands and clear waters of Playa Girón. If you’re planning to snorkel or dive, there are some areas you don’t want to miss.

Exploring the Waters

To get your underwater adventure started, simply don your snorkeling gear and wade out a ways from the shore. If you want to get even closer to the aquatic action, book a trip with a diving tour operator to explore nearby coral reefs, walls and shipwrecks.

It’s not uncommon to see a mélange of exotic fish here, especially if you head to renowned (but relatively unexplored) Caleta Buena. Pufferfish, trunkfish, cuttlefish and even seahorses have been spotted here, among others.

Other activities embraced by beachgoers are fishing and birdwatching.


If you’re planning an all-day stay at Playa Girón, consider bringing some snacks and refreshments. Otherwise, make a stop at the small cafe near Punta Perdíz, a favorite of travelers who can’t get enough of its all-you-can-eat-buffet and its beachfront views.

Playa Girón at a Glance

City:Bay of Pigs

Country or State:Cuba

Access:By car, by taxi

Best time to visit:March to April

High Season:December to April

Low Season:May to November


  • A few eateries in the village
  • No lifeguards
  • No public restrooms

Beach Type:

  • White sand
  • Saltwater
  • Secluded