Photographed: Exploring the Bay of Pigs and Playa Larga
Americans hear Bay of Pigs and they think of the failed 1961 invasion of Cuba by Cuban exiles backed by the U.S. And that’s why it’s so strange to visit the area and see it for what it was and what it still is: a quiet beach resort.
We stayed on Playa Larga (see photo, above) in the village of Caletón, one of the two beaches that were invaded on the Bahía de Cochinos (Bay of Pigs), and then took a 40-minute taxi ride to the Bay of Pigs Museum.
PROOF POSITIVE: He then showed us a photo of himself sitting in the dugout. The food was fantastic at this place and in other independently-owned restaurants in Cuba. You just have to know where to go.
TRANSPORTING: Cubans are very resourceful when it comes to getting around the large island. Besides old cars, you’ll also see horse-drawn carts, old buses, hitchhikers, and bicyclists.
PICTURE PERFECT: The village of Caletón in Playa Larga is very picturesque.
BATHING BEAUTY: You can buy the best piña colada for $3 and it comes with this view.
FAMILY AFFAIR: Families and couples flock to Playa Larga but it’s not crowded.
A SIGN: In case you forgot where you are.
SUNSET STROLL: There’s only a narrow path to walk along the water’s edge.
ICONIC SILHOUETTE: Palm trees swaying in the breeze may be cliché but it doesn’t make it less breathtaking.
CALM WATERS: The waves are small.
IMPRESSIVE: If you squint at sunset you’ll get a view that looks like an impressionist painting.
QUIET TIME: It’s quiet on the beach.
ON THE BEACH: People exercise, swim, and meditate.
EVENING WALK: It’s a great place for a walk at sunset.