Jibacoa: sun, beach and beautiful landscapes
By Gabriela Santiesteban
Those who travel along the Vía Blanca, a highway that connects the provinces of Havana and Matanzas along the north coast, have the opportunity to visit stretches of beaches among the most attractive, including Jibacoa.
Inlets surrounded by elevations, turquoise blue waters and fine white sands extend for about 15 kilometers from Jibacoa, in the Mayabeque province, to the Bacunayagua bridge, bordering the Matanzas province.
The well-preserved seabed is perfect for diving and snorkeling, as there are corals, an abundant fauna of fish and mollusks, underwater caverns ..., protected by the largest coral reef in the western hemisphere and the second in the world, at only 50 meters from the shore.
In addition to the sun, the beach and water sports, Jibacoa has other options for visitors: climbing its elevations, fishing, walking through the hills covered with vegetation, observing the birdlife of the region, horseback riding, visiting nearby places of interest ... among them, the Bacunayagua bridge itself, the highest in Cuba and considered one of the seven wonders of national civil engineering, an unmatched viewpoint over the beautiful Yumurí valley.
Other sites worthy of attention are the fishing village of Santa Cruz del Norte, where Havana Club rum is made and bottled, and the Hershey Gardens, with abundant flora and fauna, in the picturesque community of the same name, founded last century by American Milton Hershey in the surroundings of his sugar mill, in which he replicated the experience of a model town developed by him in Pennsylvania.
A little further, about 60 kilometers, you can visit Havana, to the west, and Varadero, to the east, as well as the city of Matanzas, known as The Athens of Cuba.