Text and photos by Caridad

HAVANA TIMES, November 23.— Cape San Antonio is the far west of the Cuban archipelago located on the Guanahacabibes peninsula in the province of Pinar del Rio. It’s where Cubans can see the last rays of the sun; where few people live because nature resists being tamed. The greater part of the peninsula belongs to a Natural Park, which isn’t exempt from human predators.

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The people who live on the cape make charcoal, raise animals and guard the natural treasures. They are not bothered much by the plagues of mosquitoes and gnats. What’s most important for them is be in close touch with the wilds and the sea, with those unforgettable sunsets and the nights full of stars, the birds singing and the buzzing of the bees.

Wood for charcoal
Wood for charcoal

The Roncalli lighthouse is the symbol of the Cape. And just about everyone that visits the area stops by Tito’s house, the hermit whose nice to everyone but isn’t seen much, especially when he’s out hunting a wild pig.

La Bajada
La Bajada

Cape San Antonio is, without a doubt, one of the most attractive and least known places in Cuba.

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3 thoughts on “Cuba’s Majestic Western Tip

  • I am coming to Havana in a few weeks time, staying in a Casa with no transport of my own. I would love to visit Cape San Antonio, how do I get there?

  • I’m writing a book about the early adventures of the conquistadors, specifically Narvaez. Your great photos helped me get a feel for Cape San Antonio which the Narvaez expedition rounded on their fateful journey to Florida.

  • I LOVE your site!!!! que chevere!!! I love Cuba, have been 2 times and cant wait to go back. I have many photos also of Cuba on my website. Cuba es mi vida. Bendiciones para todos alla, la natureleza, animales cultura y todo!! Janis W

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