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Cabo de San Antonio: Nautical Options in Cuba

Cabo de San Antonio, Cuba´s westernmost end, stands as a particular sentinel in an area where the enormous potential for the practice of various water activities is at hand.

The Marina Cabo de San Antonio, located on the site of the same name, appears as one of the latest options offered by the entertainment industry in the area, as part of the strategy of going beyond the traditional sun and beach.

The center, located in Las Tumbas, offers berthing, fuel supply, potable water, electricity, guards for safety and security of ships and provisioning.

In addition, other necessary means for those who prefer to travel by sea activities are located, such as international communications, immigration services, customs and harbormaster, to which a snack bar is added.

The Marina Cabo de San Antonio also provides diving equipment rental, specialized boats for diving, dedicated to the practice of this activity, coupled with the always attractive excursions and fishing instructors.

As a special detail, it offers the Villa Cabo de San Antonio for accommodating visitors in 16 comfortable cabins and options for ecological trails tours, with a wide variety of flora and fauna, caves, cracks, cacimbas, lagoons and cenotes.

Cabo de San Antonio. View from the Roncali Lighthouse
Cabo de San Antonio. Marina
Cabo de San Antonio Marina. Bar

There are nearby reefs where the Roncali Lighthouse stands, built in the second half of the 19th century by a captain of the same name, and marks the westernmost point of the island, in an area considered the last refuge of aborigines in the time of the Spanish colonization.

Its archaeological exploration provides elements that allow a clear understanding of the efforts of the builders who worked on the completion of the tower, given the difficult topography.

Also, it fulfills a role in guiding hundreds of boats each year in transit through the dangerous waters of Cuba's westernmost tip stands.

A forced reference point, the light emitted can be appreciated about 30 kilometers away, with a frequency of two flashes every 10 seconds, thanks to a singular conical masonry tower height of 75 feet (22.5 meters).

From the cliffs next to the Roncali lighthouse beautiful landscapes are set, backed by the unique plant biodiversity of the Guanahacabibes Peninsula, declared a World Biosphere Reserve by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 1987.

There is also in a high population of irregular black coral in the depths, about 40 species of stony corals, mixed with shellfish such as lobster and stone crab, and mollusks such as queen conch and palm chats.

The activity of privateers and pirates, coupled with the danger of earlier times to navigate infested waters reefs, contributed with the places’ depths the most varied wrecks remaining, some caused by nature and others arrived by the force of man's hand.

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