Hotel Horizontes Batey Don Pedro provides a unique back-to-nature lodging experience near one of the most important ecological areas in the Caribbean, & should appeal to anyone who enjoys peacefulness & nature, particularly bird-watchers.
Batey Don Pedro hotel is for people who want to get away from hectic modern life & enjoy the rustic experience, so don’t be surprised to hear the sights & sounds of farm life. Guests can be forgiven for thinking they have gone back a hundred years as they look out on pretty, unspoilt countryside & its colourful flora & fauna. Most visitors stay for the fabulous bird-watching at nearby Zapata national park but guests can also hire a bicycle or go horse riding from the hotel.
Batey Don Pedro’s buildings have been designed to blend in with the farms of the local area with thatched roofs, wooden fixtures & tiled floors. Its open air restaurant looks out on manicured gardens & provides a cool, relaxing place to spend the evening with excellent Cuban fare & a bar providing an array of fruit juices & local cocktails.
This is a basic 2-star hotel with very limited facilities but, if you are looking for somewhere peaceful & an experience of country life in Cuba, you will enjoy Horizontes Batey Don Pedro.
Jaguey Grande is at the gateway to the Zapata Peninsula, Guama, Playa Larga, Bay of Pigs and Playa Giron. 2007 was Jagüey Grande's 150th anniversary of it's foundation.
Jagüey Grande is surrounded by 40,000 hectares of citrus trees. The mostly oranges and grapefruits are processed at the modern “Heroes of Giron” plant and accounts for 60 percent of national production. The citrus fruit are used to produce concentrate, juices, mash, beverages and essences which are exported, or bottled at the next door factory Rio Zaza and distributed under the Tropical Island brand.
In the neighborhood of Jaguey Grande is a big sugar mill. From here Fidel Castro took control of the counterattack against the invasion in the Bay of Pigs (Bahia de Cochinos). The airstrip at Jagüey Grande was seized, but when the first invaders B-26 came in to land, it hit ridges of sand that had drifted across the runway, and crashed. Paratroopers that dropped inland were wiped out, and the invaders from the beach never reached Jagüey Grande. There is a little museum of Fidel Castro's office in the sugar mill, and in Havana in front of the Museo de la Revolucion is the Sau-100 tank used by Fidel Castro during the invasion.
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