Beyond Havana with Filmmaker Justin Clifton – Cuba Travelogue Part 1
Join filmmaker and journalist Justin Clifton as he takes viewers on a Cuba adventure beyond Havana in part one of a three-part travelogue series.
In the Spring of 2017 I traveled to Cuba with a small group of Americans on a guided sea kayaking tour with OARS. Like everyone else on the trip, I wanted to visit Cuba before the country was completely changed by the influx of American tourists who were sure to flood the tiny island nation after normalized relations initiated by President Obama. What we found was fantastic.
After the attempted invasion at the Bay of Pigs in 1961, Cuba went in to a forced state of ecological preservation which has led to one of the most intact oceanic ecosystems in the Caribbean.
Through part of the tour, we spent time in Playa Larga learning about Ciénaga de Zapata National Park, which is recognized by UNESCO as a Biosphere Reserve. A definite highlight of the trip, we spent time kayaking through flamingo infested mangroves and snorkeling among the largest forests of Elkhorn Coral remaining in the world.
This unadulterated landscape remains one of the least visited parts of the Caribbean and, as a result, one of the most intact island ecosystems remaining in the world.