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Jibacoa is a pretty fishing village in the north of the island of Cuba, located in the province of Havana, just 60km east of the capital city of Havana itself and 50km from the resort area of Varadero. The beautiful beach in Jibacoa is known as Playa Jibacoa or Playa Amarillo and has a stunning backdrop of cliffs which stand 100 metres high. The long stretch of soft white sand runs down to the constantly warm clear waters of the Caribbean which are gently sloping and shallow, making it a great beach for children to swim safely.
Snorkelling here is very rewarding as the sea is teeming with life. The coral beds are full of brightly coloured tropical and marine fish, making it a great place for scuba diving and there is a diving centre in Jibacoa where visitors can take beginner courses or book day long boat dives. As well as all the marine life there are a couple of submerged and well preserved shipwrecks for divers to investigate, complete with ladders, ropes and guns and underwater caves too. Other water sports available on the beach at Jibacoa include windsurfing, kayaking and sailing and there are many boat trips available including catamaran cruises.
Away from the coast the countryside is stunning, with citrus plantations and lush tropical forest. The views are fantastic and there is a huge array of flora and fauna to spot. The local Fifteen Mile Market at Jibacoa offers the visitor some retail therapy and a chance to purchase holiday souvenirs such as jewellery, leather goods and handmade items. For the energetic holiday maker there are gyms and fitness centres in the resort. Visitors can also enjoy the basketball, table tennis and volleyball facilities or enjoy a trek around the area on horse back. Mountain bikes and mopeds are available for hire, with organised bike tours around the area.
Day trips worth booking include a trip to a local cigar factory. Hotels in Jibacoa offer salsa dancing and Spanish lessons. They also provide evening entertainment such as live bands and dancing, although visitors can travel to Havana to experience the best salsa clubs and the real Cuban atmosphere. Havana has some amazing architecture to see. The Palacio de los Capitanes Generales in Plaza de Armas in Old Havana is a UNESCO World Heritage Site which can be viewed at its best from the rooftop bar at Museo Nacional de Historia Natural. Visitors can walk around Havana's oldest standing fort, Castillo de la Real Fuerza or visit the Museo de la Revolucion for a glimpse of Cuba's political history. A trip to Pinar del Rio, possibly the most beautiful province in Cuba will reward the visitor with views of the mogotes which are strangely shaped rounded mountains and the Cueva del Indio with its stunning stalactites and stalagmites.
Jibacoa is connected by road from Havana. A four laned highway links Havana with Matanzas and runs next to the sea, offering visitors some fabulous and dramatic views. There are regular flights from the UK to Havana Airport throughout the year. Car hire is available at the airport and in the resorts. There is a good rail service linking coastal areas with Havana as well as regular bus and taxi services.