It is the biggest swamp of the Caribbean located to the South of Matanzas City, 1´30 hrs from Varadero. It mostly consists of a huge swamp, partly covered by forest. Zapata is one of the most complete wildlife reserves in the Caribbean, rich in birds and animals. This site was declared a Biosphere Reserve and the area around the Treasure Lagoon, has been designated a national park, the Gran Parque Natural de Montemar. The Caribbean coast, with its sandy beaches, attracts scuba divers and fans of other water sports.