Day 7 Cuba Group Tour: The Bay of Pigs
We spend the morning taking a guided tour of the Bay of Pigs museum that documents the infamous failed US invasion of Playa Giron (as the area is known) in 1961.
It's fascinating to hear the story from the Cuban perspective and I find it particularly interesting to note the specific terminology that is used to describe the event and the invaders. A typical plaque description will read "Yankee mercenaries and their capitalist power and money were no match for the strength and valor of Cuba's revolutionary people."
Next stop.....THE BEACH! Actually, several beaches. First, we head to an all-inclusive beach (Cuba style), where you can snorkel where fresh water meats saltwater, for an extra interesting experience. I got in a quick scuba dive as well! Next, we're off to the beach pictured here and walk along the coast to visit abandoned buildings on our way to the main beach.
After watching sunset on the beach, we're back to the house for home-cooked dinner and an evening of relaxing in our casa's hammocks and swings. The Bay of Pigs doesn't have much for nightlife and even on the weekend, there may or may not be a disco or show at the (only) hotel in town. It's the perfect place to relax, meander through a town that resembles much of what Cuba looks like, and get in some rest before we jump back into a busy agenda.