One of Cuba’s premier dive areas, María la Gorda is on the Guanahacabibes Peninsula, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Marked by meticulous preservation and abundant flora and fauna, it’s a popular destination for nature lovers as well as divers.
Please request your Havana or Varadero airport – hotel transfer during the online hotel reservation process or by contacting our customer support offices.
Address: Península de Guanahacabibes, Sandino, Pinar del Rio, Pinar del Rio, Cuba
Number of Rooms: 73
Distance to Airport: 230 KM
Meal Plan: Room & Breakfast
Check In Time: 4:00 PM
Check Out Time: 12:00 M
Located on Cuba’s western tip, María la Gorda is a paragon of environmental protection, evidenced by its abundant flora and fauna. The Guanahacabibes Peninsula where it’s located was declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 1987. It is about 300km from Havana.
Considered one of Latin America’s top diving sites by divers, María la Gorda boasts some 32 dive sites with enviable visibility, abundant coral gardens and rich marine life. Water temperatures average between 24 and 30 degrees Celsius. While a magnet for divers, María la Gorda also attracts visitors for its superlative snorkeling, pristine beaches, and big game fishing.
The 73 rooms here are in air conditioned cabanas – older ones are of wood, newer ones are concrete; some are strung along the beach, while others are in the surrounding grounds. The wooden cabins are simple, but those in the woods, reached over small bridges which blend seamlessly with the surrounding environment, are wonderfully charming. Taking a sunset cocktail on your terrace here while butterflies flit by, is unadulterated nature at its best.
The hotel is being renovated to add more rooms, a buffet restaurant, a cyber café, lobby bar and more.
The hotel is named after ‘Fat Maria’ an indigenous Venezuelan woman who - according to legend - was abducted by pirates and left behind in this remote part of Cuba.
Add services to your hotel reservation, book and pay on-line scuba dive packages.
Plan and enrich your travel itinerary. Book and pay on-line attractive scuba dive packages, together with your hotel reservation in Maria la Gorda.
Packages do not include:
- Diving equipment (can be rented at the diving center)
The International Diving Center Maria La Gorda requires the client to present his/her dive certification or logbook with personal dive experiences. If this is impossible, you will have to do an introductory course. If you wish to attend a dive course in order to get
an international certification (no PADI), bring 2 photos and the results of a recent medical checkup. Both courses must be arranged and paid locally.
When reserving accommodation on-line, the scuba dive packages can be booked optionally. The prices are linked to the room occupancy (single, double or triple room = 1, 2, 3 divers). In case of a different number of participants or published immersions, please contact us for a tailored quote.
General Hotel Facilities
A la Carte Restaurant
Car Rental $
Internet access in the lobby $
24 hour Reception
Some services require local payment
Hotel Maria la Gorda - Rooms Details & Rates
Standard Room... from US$59
The cabins with garden view are roomy and well equipped, with air conditioning, satellite TV and a classic interior. All cabins have a balcony or terrace and well-appointed and spacious bathrooms (with shower).