Regional Office for Culture in Latin America and the Caribbean

Portal of Culture of Latin America and the Caribbean

Cuba - Caleta Larga

In the western end of the island of Cuba lie shipwrecks linked to the slave trade, among others, the frigate L’Adelaide, property of  Louis XIV of France and the Spanish brigantine “La Paquita”, set on fire on February 1866, after disembarking a slave cargo near Punta Holandés.  

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Shipwrecks are protected under the Convention on the protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage of which Cuba is signatory.

Accessibility:  Not easily accessible
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Península de Guanahacabibes, Municipio Sandino, Pinar del Río  (Guanahacabibes peninsula, Sandino municipality, Pinar del Río) , PC: 24150 .

Responsible entity

Ministry of Science, Technology and the Environment (CITMA), represented by the Centre for Research and Environmental Services (ECOVIDA), Pinar del Río province.

Management plan




Biosphere reserve



Access level


Current Use

National Park

Original use

Virgin forests

Property kind


Expressions of intangible heritage associated

Although the territory is almost uninhabited, there are stories, anecdotes and legends associated to shipwrecks present in the people's mental imagery associated to shipwrecks, which were very frequent during the colonial period.