Known as the "Garden of Cuba", Pinar del Rio is renowned for its near perfect natural beauty. This is where they produce the best tobacco in the world.
The Cordillera de Guaniguanico mountain range has massive limestone hills with long flat valleys below. Viñales valley has become a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The northern coastline is home to a chain of small islands known as the Colorados, located on an idyllic barrier reef. At the most westerly point of Cuba, you’ll find Cabo San Antonio, on the Guanahacabibes Peninsula. This is now a National Park and a Biosphere Reserve.
Accommodation in Pinar del Rio is fairly basic. Most budget travellers will be on the lookout for a "casa particulare Pinar del Rio" or "casa de renta Pinar del Rio"- a kind of bed and breakfast, Cuban style. Alternatively, there’s the hotel or hostel option. In town, hotel Pinar del Rio is a popular choice.
Pinar del Rio town is bustling - jam packed with bicycles and horse carriages, going in every direction. It does have some very interesting neoclassical architecture but the best of Pinar de Rio province lies beyond the city…
The town itself a just typical agricultural settlement but the nearby valleys offer some excellent rock climbing opportunities. Book a casa particular in Viñales and enjoy this unique landscape!
This magnificent natural setting is where you’ll find the Diego de los Baños Spa - an ideal place to revitalize your body and mind. The warm waters and mineral-medicinal mud are perfect for anti-stress treatments.
Maria la Gorda has over 40 top class dives sites with a variety of underwater landscapes including a huge colony of black coral.
Pinar del Rio province is a land of vast contrasts. Whether you choose to stay in one of Pinar del Rio’s casa particulares or else a hotel or hostel, it probably won’t matter - you’re likely to spend most of the time outdoors in awe of this spectacular part of Cuba.
"Fat Maria" beach, despite the odd name, is a haven of peace and serenity. This stunning beach offers eight kilometers of fine white sands and crystal clear warm waters. Beach Maria La Gorda is well known for excellent diving possibilities.
The perfect getaway, Cayo Jutias is a paradise islet just off the mainland. There’s a stone causeway between the two. Although it’s just a stone throw away from the mainland, you’ll feel like you’re a million miles away.
Located around 75 kilometers of the coast of Pinar del Rio, Cayo Levisa is one of the many uninhabited keys in the Los Colorados archipelago. This is a genuine paradise island with 2,500 meters of fine white sandy beaches surrounded by pristine blue waters. It’s an exceptional diving spot and home to the coral barrier of Los Colorados - one of the biggest in the world. Horizonte Cayo Levisa hotel offers quality accommodation here.