Marea del Portillo

Marea del Portillo beachMarea del Portillo, well known because of its black sand, extends over 2 km. It lies 108 km. south of Manzanillo Airport, in Granma. Besides the peculiar coloring of the sand, it also owes its charm to its location within a bay sheltered by the Sierra Maestra mountains and bordered by coconut and palm trees.

View of Marea del PortilloVisitors can enjoy horse rides, walks along ecologic paths (leading to waterfalls such as the ones on Cilantro and Las Yaguas rivers), motorboat rides, visits to neighboring keys and sea sports.

The nearness of the beach to a coral reef and the sunken ships at Santiago de Cuba waters, makes diving a tempting activity for tourists. That’s why the Cuba Albacora Scuba Diving Center, operating on the very beach, has 17 diving spots offering immersions down to the coral reef (from 10 to 35 m. deep). In the area there is a varied presence of tropical fish, including red snapper, barracuda, morays, mollusks, trumpet fish and lobster.

An ample fauna is represented by enormous sponges of different species, colonies of black coral, gorgonias, soft corals, brain and fire coral among others.

View of Marea del portilloOther interesting sites are the steep sloping of the seabed at Cayo Cruz and Cristóbal Colón ship: one of the battleships belonging to Spanish Admiral Cervera’s fleet, who lost a sea battle against the American fleet at Santiago de Cuba bay

Hotels in this beach

Hotel Cubanacan Club Amigo Marea del Portillo     3 stars

Club Amigo Marea del Portillo is surrounded harmoniously by the combination of the Caribbean Sea with all its attributes, and the mountain; giving it a matchless beauty and offering to its guest a pleasant stay, in a tropical atmosphere that offers security and tranquility, ideal for vacations with the family, Honeymoons, Diving, activities with the nature and more.

Prices Form:     € 43 (per room/night)