Pinar del Rio

Pinar del Rio

 

The Pinar del Río province is Cuba`s westernmost province and contains one of Cuba`s three main mountain ranges, the Cordillera de Guaniguanico, divided into the easterly Sierra del Rosario and the westerly Sierra de los Órganos.

These form a landscape characterized by steep sided limestone hills (know as Mogotes) and flat, fertile valleys. One such topographic feature, the Viñales Valley, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The northern coast opens to the great Gulf of Mexico, and is lined by the Colorados Archipelago, a string of cays and isles developed on a reef barrier. The westernmost point of Cuba, Cabo San Antonio, is located on the Guanahacabibes Peninsula, which are a National Park and a Biosphere Reserve.

Pinar del Río is considered one of Cuba`s premier Scuba Diving destinations because of Cayo Levisa, about two kilometers from Vinales town, is known for its copious black coral and virgin beach aera. Another popular location is María la Gorda beach, which boasts many nearby dive sites.