The nearest airport is in Varadero; see "Varadero," earlier in this chapter, for complete details. There is no dependable public transportation to this area, although most tour agencies in Havana and Varadero offer trips here.

The Zapata Peninsula and the beaches of Playa Larga and Playa Girón are connected to the Autopista Nacional -- and each other -- by a well- maintained two-lane highway. If you're coming by car, get off the highway at the exit for Australia and Jagüey Grande, and head south for 17km (11 miles) to Boca de Guamá. From there, it's another 13km (8 miles) to Playa Larga, and 34km (21 miles) to Playa Girón. If you arrive at Jagüey Grande on the Víazul bus, drop in at the Cubanacán office (tel. 45/91-3224) at the junction inside the restaurant (open from 8am to 8pm) to arrange a local taxi or, if you are staying in a casa particular, arrange a pick-up with them beforehand. A taxi to Playa Larga is CUC$20 and to Playa Girón, CUC$30.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.