Playa Rancho Luna and Pasacaballo
About 15 kilometers southeast of Cienfuegos, the pleasant beach of Playa Rancho Luna hosts two small resort hotels used by package tour groups. The coast road swings west past the Faro Luna lighthouse and follows the rocky coast eight kilometers to Pasacaballo, facing the Castillo de Jagua across the 400-meter-wide mouth of Cienfuegos Bay, 22 kilometers from Cienfuegos.
There are better beaches in Cuba. The main draw is the Delfinario (tel. 043/54-8120, Thurs.–Tues. 8:30 a.m.–4 p.m., CUC10 adults, CUC6 children), an enclosed lagoon offering dolphin shows at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. You can kiss the dolphins for CUC10, and even swim with them (CUC50 adults, CUC33 children).
Scuba diving is offered at the Club Amigo Rancho Luna (Carretera de Rancho Luna, Km 18, tel. 043/54-8087, operative [at] nautica [dot] cfg [dot] tur [dot] cu). At least eight ships lie amid the coral reefs.
You can rent catamarans and pedal-boats at the beach by Villa Rancho Luna (tel. 045/54-8189), a simple beachfront restaurant (8–9:45 p.m., 12:30–2:45 p.m. and 6–8 p.m.).
Getting to Playa Rancho Luna and Pasacaballo
Buses ostensibly depart Cienfuegos every two hours. A taxi will cost you about CUC10. Ferries leave for Rancho Luna on a regular basis from the terminal on Avenida 46 and Calle 25 (CUC1).
© Christopher P. Baker from Moon Cuba, 5th Edition