The fantastic Jardines de la Reina

Caribbean reef shark Thespis377/Flickr

Caribbean reef shark ©Thespis377/Flickr

An extremely popular tourist destination of Cuba is the fascinating archipelago of Jardines de la Reina. In one of the previous articles I have presented you the King’s Gardens – Jardines del Rey. Below I will give you some useful information about the fantastic Jardines de la Reina – the Queen’s Gardens.

Situated in the southern part of Cuba, the archipelago is a beautiful national park. It is considered the country’s largest protected area. The composing islands of Jardines de la Reina are famous for their excellent dive sites due to the abundance of the colorful underwater life. Divers and snorkelers love this archipelago and so do the adept of fishing. If you love one of these great sports, I suggest you to choose one of the islands as your holiday destination. You won’t regret it.

Jardines de la Reina for tourists

The archipelago of Jardines de la Reina is an amazing protected area of Cuba. As I already mentioned it, it is located in the southern part of the country, closely to the Gulf of Guacanayabo. The fantastic archipelago includes about 600 islands and cays. Today the islands are protected as a national park.

The most significant highlights of the islands are the excellent dive sites which attract numerous visitors every year. The abundance of marine life gives a great opportunity for practicing snorkeling, scuba diving and even fishing. If you love to dive or fish and you are planning a journey to Cuba, I suggest you to visit this astonishing archipelago. You will surely return home with some unique experiences and great memories.

Caribbean reef shark Thespis377/Flickr

Caribbean reef shark ©Thespis377/Flickr

Diving and snorkeling

The majority of the islands present beautiful mangrove forests along the coast. These forests serve as shelters for numerous species of fish. The open water is even more attractive, being home to a large variety of marine life. Not only the fantastic colorful coral reefs are attractive for divers, but the innumerable species of fish, too.

Besides, they say that you will surely see at least one shark in the water, as they live in abundance here. From Caribbean reef sharks to Whale sharks, from Bull sharks to Hammerhead sharks, from barracudas to Silk sharks, from huge tarpons to beautiful turtles and even Leopard sharks, you will have the occasion to admire a huge variety of underwater life here. It is not surprising thus that the major activities on the islands are snorkeling and scuba diving.  

Jewfish Thespis377/Flickr

Jewfish ©Thespis377/Flickr


The archipelago is a paradise for fishermen. They can practice fishing from mid-October until August. There are fantastic yachts dedicated for tourists who would like to go fishing. A week of fishing actually includes 5 full days. The breakfast is usually at 7:00, after which you can get on board and prepare for fishing. It is with no doubt an unforgettable experience.

Fishermen in Cuba Paul Keller/Flickr

Fishermen in Cuba ©Paul Keller/Flickr

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