Jardines De La Reina
A naturally gifted archipelago in the Cuba's southern coast, located between the provinces of Camaguey and Ciego de Avile, Jardines de la Reina is a natural national park extending over 2170 km2 of stunning flora and fauna. Standing as one of Cuba's largest protected areas, this resort is a popular destination for diving and fishing and once was Fidel Castro's favourite fishing spots. Diving enthusiasts and lovers of fishing fall in love with this holiday destination home to a myriad of fish species including Cubera snapper, Bonefish, Yellowfin grouper, Black grouper, Goliath grouper as well as Strombus gigas, the large Caribbean conch and Whale shark.
Named by Columbus in honour to Spanish Queen Isabel, "Jardines de la Reina" can be translated as "The Queen's Gardens" although some divers call it today the “Galapagos of the Caribbean” for its 150 mile long mangrove and coral island system forming what belongs to the third longest barrier reef in the world. In the middle there is a 90 mile long and at times 20 mile wide Natural Marine Park. There is no commercial fishing in the Park and the number of inhabitants is zero. Imagine a marine wilderness with walls covered with brightly hued sponges and corals plunging well below the limits of safe diving to shallow reefs filled with both schooling and solitary fish and wrecks (even some Old Spanish galleons from the l7th century) and all coupled with wondrous lush nature and pristine beaches…could you ask for a more heavenly place on earth?
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