Caleta Buena

written in collaboration with GOLDFISH (3 spots)

Located at the entrance of the Bay of Pigs, Caleta Buena is a translucent protected cove with superb rock landscapes and abundant undersea life. Shoals of surgeonfish and striped red mullets can be found along the spectacular rocky outcrops, scarcely troubled by the moray eels that have found a home there. This spot, ideal for beginners, is one of the most accessible and popular snorkeling in Cuba.
How to get there?

Caleta Buena is located approximately 5 miles (8 kilometers) southeast of Playa Girón. From this city, head east on the coastal road. It is possible to rent bikes (5$/day) or scooters (25$/day) in Playa Girón. Admission to the beach is CUC$15 and includes lunch buffet and open bar.

Water entrance

On the rocky edge of the cove, you will spot several small ladders where you can easily enter the water.

Aerial view


Caleta Buena forms a very little cove that you can explore in its entirety. Begin by exploring the rocky drop-offs surrounding the bay (6-14ft/2-4m), where bluehead wrasse and small groups of sergeant major find shelter. Be careful, because there are a lot of sea urchins in the area, and the sea bed is stony.

Snorkeling Report Caleta Buena Cuba
Snorkeler at Caleta Buena © credit photo Goldfish

At the center of the bay, the water is deeper (14-20ft/4-6m). The seabed is sandy, interspersed with rocks, seafans, and small groups of hard and soft corals. In this area, you will easily spot blue tang, stoplight parrotfish, and several species of butterflyfish.

Caleta Buena is completely sheltered, and the visibility is generally excellent. There are sometimes a lot of visitors to the spot, so watch out for other snorkelers and for people who have fun jumping into the water from the rocks above the cove.

Restaurants and accommodation

There are no hotels near Caleta Buena, but a range of accommodation is available in Playa Giron, 5 miles (8 kilometers) from here.

Snorkeling Report gives the most precise tips possible about the snorkeling spots and potential dangers, but each one of us is responsible for our own safety in the water. For more information, take a look at the snorkeling safety page. If you want to add extra information or make any corrections to the spot descriptions, please contact us.

Spot’s weather forecasts (°C)

Spot tips

  • Level of difficulty
  • Maximum depth
    18ft (6m)
  • Water entrance
    Easy, from ladders
  • Potential Dangers
    Usual precautions
  • Visitor numbers
  • Access costs
    CUC$15, including lunch/drinks
  • Restaurants nearby
  • Public toilets & showers

Spot map

Spot photos

Underwater spot photos