Looks like it was a camping site. Has little beach umbrellas on the beach. Safe and in front of the beach. Can be done in 2wd until a point after you go 4x4 in the sand. It was a site recommended by the locals.
~20usd per person, nice clean rooms on top of the hill. parking inside gate if you got a vehicle.
it's just around the corner from where the Stahlratte usually anchors.
if you wanna get motorbikes to explore the island (recommended), i will post some locals phone numbers later...
nice casa in Mayari, paid 20cuc for one room with dinner and breakfast (they ask for 25).
to enter with a big bike they have to dismantle part of their gate, but are happy to do so.
(panniers off might be easier)
i ended up in this town after riding from Mella to the highest waterfall on Cuba. not the best road, big loose gravel. from the waterfall to here is good dirt.
5cuc entrance fee, can see one slightly smaller waterfall from restaurant without paying entrance. i did not enter but heard it's nice, you have to hike to the bottom to see it, swimming in the pools possible (get out of your riding gear).
the road from Mella to here is loose gravel with big stones, not the best, down to Mayari is good dirt.
good and cheap local restaurant, have some lobster salad, a fish filet or shrimps and walk out paying less than 40cup
i saw a nice brand new casa when you turn left leaving Cabo Cruz, might be a cool place to stay the night.
super nice little bar (and restaurant?), cocktails for 1.20cuc!!! wish i would have spent the night there (maps.me shows some place next door)
even got wifi from the park.
do not miss the road from Santiago to Pilon, probably one of the best in eastern Cuba.
the bar closes around 6pm and there is a guard staying all night who also looks for your bike if you decide to go for a walk.
everyone is super nice here and they say it would be no problem to camp here.
had a nice quiet night, even in daytime there is not much going on, it's beautiful, highly recommend.
there is a 24h restaurant with excellent food for ~5cuc, 5min walk direction la boca, if you walk along the beach you can't miss it.
2cuc each way, going to cayo coco looks cool on the map, but it's not really interesting and there is massive tourism on the island, if you go i would check out the east (cayo romano), have not been there myself but all things i checked on the west were not worth going. camped on the beach in front of an all-inclusive place, they allowed it but you can't buy anything from their bar/restaurant. better bring a bottle of rum :)
WARNING: the road they built through the ocean is extremely slippery when wet, all those trucks/cars spill oil and diesel on the road which is like riding on ice when wet. had a two very scary moments.
best to make friends with the security as early as possible, went for a swim and for a "small" tip (1cuc) he allowed me to use the outdoor shower of the adjacent resort.
i also paid 1cuc for parking till people had left...
another nice beach camp with cocktail/beer supply till ~6pm. beachguards and bar guys are really cool, deliver drinks, get food (from somewhere else), cut down coconuts from the palm trees as needed and are generally very friendly.
there is lots of grass around for camping. quiet night.
i wanted to take this nice looking beach road to playa giron but turned back after a few kilometres, it gets a bit sandy and narrow with spiky bushes to both sides.
was on my own without much food/water, so decided to leave it for now, if you go that way be prepared...
not sure what the original purpose of this road was but i saw concrete shelters when walking in to the beach, there is an unfinished nuclear reactor east of here (on the way to Castillo) which looks really interesting, but it's guarded and they are serious about it (no entry no pics).
Comment: Road is possible. At least with the motorbike... little sand et the beginning coming from the east. Afterwards pure joy... have fun..
i'm not sure what the guidebook says, but there is some really nice snorkelling around here, best to bring your own gear and be here before 9 (it gets really crowded around 10am).
snorkel/diving rental opens at 9-9:30.
nice shipwreck if you swim out straight just before it gets really deep to your right.
if you worry about getting into your riding gear with sticky saltwater, there is a beautiful natural freshwater-pool next to the restaurant (which i think serves things like crocodile).
really good place, many beautiful places for camping along this road.
i was a bit angry about those tourist prices they have in restaurants (besides the much cheaper cup prices), so i walked into here and without looking at the menu i asked them if they can cook me something for 4cuc. i got an enormous dinner, 5 plates, salad, camarones, rice, fries, papaya. taste was great and people were extremely friendly. highly recommended.
Besides this, Gibara is a really nice place, it sees little tourism and has a small hill with bars, restaurants and nice view.
this is the very end of the road, there is a small marina and a locked pump for boats, they have especial and diesel.
i had to personally pick up the fuel guy from las tumbas to get fuel here. easier you fill up in Sandino. there is also a bar which serves drinks (pricey).
entrance gate to national park.
very nice ride to the western end of Cuba.
better ride slow, many animals crossing this road, pig families, iguanas, birds, huge crabs, horses and cows.
some great spots to camp near the beach, not 100% sure it's permitted (the manager of las tumbas hotel said it's not) but rangers found me around 7pm standing next to my tent, waved hello and left. some spots have wooden shelters (seem to be made for camping)
there is a shipwreck close to the road too, you can't miss it...
i can't say if there is an entrance fee as i took a short dirtroad into the park circumventing the gate, when i left through the gate (ready to pay) they asked for my permit and just let me go without...
very nice place to camp, hard ground to park the bike and sheltered spot to put up a tent. many seating/cooking options. pigs might visit. there is an old man living nearby (the house to the west) who might come over as well. he didn't talk much, maybe he is the caretaker of this spot and expected some money, but he didn't say. i left a tip.
on both sides of the road are casas with parking, i stayed in the one to the east.
when everything was full and expensive in high season they gave me a room for 15cuc. nice people.
you can also try the casa that is close to the park to the north (22.413735, -83.69433), looked really good and had wifi from the park, unfortunately full when i was there.
hotel and diving center.
5cuc to spend the day in the compound
7cuc for snorkeling gear
12cuc for snorkeling boat trip
63s/85d for a room
has wifi, food, bar
i just rented gear and snorkelled from the beach, enjoyable but nothing spectacular, i think the diving trips are good though.
best food i had on Cuba, excellent thin crust pizza and pasta at 5-6cuc. some flan bread with pesto and spicy oil comes as a free starter, they even have parmesan.
unfortunately the waiters try their usual tricks with the bill, so make sure to check it.
casa particular, got 20cuc per night in high season, inside Matanzas everything was full.
parking in the entrance of the house, felt safe enough for me.
nice family that lived 8 years in Germany and speaks good English.
lots of casas with garage in the area, but nobody would go cheaper than 20cuc.
if you are up for camping check the small road that follows the coast to the east, many options there.