Snorkeling Jibacoa, Cuba

by Sarama
(Gibsons, B.C., Canada)

I'd like to recommend snorkeling Jibacoa, Cuba as a great destination.

We recently spent four days snorkeling at Jibacoa. We did not stay at the all-inclusive resorts of The Breezes, or Tropico, but a little farther down the beach at Campismo Los Cocos, (where the Cubans go).

The food was not that good, but we knew that... we were there for the snorkeling, over the coral, which was fantastic.

The best coral reefs are located just off of the two all-inclusive resorts. A few minutes of swimming out, and there you are, in wonderful coral. The best spots to explore are the outer reef edge, where there is the drop off, from about 2-3 meters depth at top, to about 10-12 meters down to the sand, at the bottom. Lots of tunnels, grottoes, and fish.

Also, if you take a little trip with the guides, (about $5), they will take you to see cannons and huge old anchors embedded in the coral.

The only down side is that due to the location on the windward side of Cuba, there can be red flag days when the waves are too high. Luckily for us, the entire time we were there, the conditions were excellent.

I highly recommend this spot. I am diver/snorkeler with over forty years of experience, and have gone diving in the Pacific Northwest, in Canada, in the south of Argentina, in the south of Chile, also, in Belize, and the Caribbean coast of Mexico.

Jibacoa is one of the nicest spots I've seen. Another spot I've been to in Cuba for snorkeling is at Playa Ancon, near Trinidad. This is more sheltered than Jibacoa, but Jibacoa has the advantage of great snorkeling right off the beach. :-)

Hope you enjoy it sometime, as we did.

Remember, don't touch the coral.

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Feb 04, 2013
Thank you!
by: Nicole & Galen

Sarama, thanks for your submission. It's great to have a story about the snorkeling in Cuba on our site. Hopefully it will inspire others to check it out. Feel free to email us some pictures to add to your post!

Oct 19, 2014
by: Anonymous

We've been to Jibacoa April 2014 and stayed in an all-inclusive. We snorkeled from shore in that same place. It was wonderful. Very convenient! However, we are at the very beginning of our snorkeling adventures, so we haven't seen much anywhere else.

Mar 20, 2017
Renting snorkel gear
by: Sarah

Hello! Thank you for your post, it sold me on snorkeling here! Were you able to rent snorkeling gear from the hotels? Or did you bring your own?

Thanks again!

Jul 05, 2017
Personal Gear
by: Anonymous

We always travel with our own snorkeling gear. Of course, when I scuba dive, I rent gear. The prices for rental at Jibacoa were very reasonable.

Feb 24, 2018
by: Anonymous

Hi there! Great article. I was wondering if you made a reservation at the Campismo or just showed up?

Feb 25, 2018
by: Sarama

We made reservations.

Apr 02, 2018
Snorkeling Bay of Pigs?
by: Anonymous

Is Jibacoa better than Bay of Pigs for snorkeling in Cuba?

Apr 02, 2018
Windward vs. Leeward
by: Sarama

Not sure, I haven't been snorkeling in the Bay of Pigs. But Jibacoa is on the windward side of Cuba, and you can have "red flag days", whereas on the leeward side, (south), it tends to be more sheltered.

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