About Jardines de La Reina

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Jardines de la Reina (English: Gardens of the Queen) is an archipelago in the south of Cuba, spread across the provinces of Camaguey and Ciego de Avila.

They were named by Christopher Columbus to honor the Queen of Spain. Jardines de la Reina was established as a national park (In Spanish: Parque Nacional Jardines de la Reina). With a surface area of 2,170 km2 (840 sq mi), They are one of Cuba’s largest protected areas.

They are located in the Caribbean Sea, between the Gulf of Ana Maria (north-west), Gulf of Guacanayabo (south) and Caballones Channel (west). They extend on a general north-west to south-east direction, following the Cuban coast for 150 km (93 mi) from Cayo Breton to Cayos Mordazo. Cuba’s second largest archipelago (smaller only than Jardines del Rey), they are formed by more than 600 cays and islands. Other cays in the archipelago include Caguamas, Cayos Cinco Balas, Cayo de Las Doce Leguas, Cayo Anclitas, Cayo Algodon Grande, Cayos Pingues and Cayo Granada.

The archipelago is a popular destination for fishing, snorkeling and diving. Species of fish found here include Cubera snapper, Bonefish, Yellowfin grouper, Black grouper, Atlantic goliath grouper as well as Strombus gigas, the large caribbean conch and Whale shark. Aside from being an extraordinary site for fly fishing, one of the main Jardines de La Reina attractions is to dive in the underwater dreamland.