Villa María la Gorda
At a Glance
- a no-frills but romantic setting that offers some of the best dives in the hemisphere
- car ride to obtain diving permits are a grueling trip over rough roads and recommended only for the geographically obsessed
Villa María la Gorda Review
This crack diving center attracts an interesting clientele, by no means all divers. The cabins and rooms are comfortable, and the restaurant's buffet fare ($$) improves vastly when someone catches a fresh pargo. Frank Cabrera and his dive school organize dives from the beginners' one-day "baptism" (48 cuc) to the five-day package (175 cuc) to the 20-day program (560 cuc), with equipment rental included. The hotel also serves as bar, disco, and general headquarters for the entire peninsula. Permits for the Parque Nacional Península de Guanahacabibes must be obtained here before driving the two and a half hours out to Cuba's western tip.