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Bay of Pigs

Geographical location of the Bay of Pigs
Bahia de Cochinos 1961

The Bay of Pigs (Spanish: Bahía de Cochinos) is an Provinces of Cuba.


  • Geography 1
  • History 2
  • Etymology 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • Bibliography 6
  • External links 7


This bay is approximately 30 kilometers South of Jagüey Grande, 70 kilometers west of the city of Cienfuegos, and 150 kilometers southeast from the capital city Havana. On the western side of the bay, coral reefs border the main Zapata Swamp, part of the Zapata Peninsula. On the eastern side, beaches border margins of firm ground with mangroves and extensive areas of swampland to the north and east. At the north end of the bay, the village of Buena Ventura is adjacent to Playa Larga (Long Beach). 35 kilometers southeast of that, Playa Girón (Giron beach) at the village of Girón is named after the notorious French pirate Gilberto Giron (c.1604).[1]

Sunset on Playa Girón


Playa Girón and Playa Larga were the landing sites for seaborne forces of armed Cuban exiles in the Bay of Pigs Invasion, an American CIA-sponsored attempt to overthrow the new government of Cuban Prime Minister Fidel Castro in April 1961.


In Caribbean Spanish, cochinos may also mean the Orangeside triggerfish (Sufflamen verres), which inhabits coral reefs in Bahía de Cochinos, not swine (Sus scrofa).[2]

See also


  1. ^ Rodriguez (1999), p.115
  2. ^ "Common Names List - Sufflamen verres". Retrieved 2014-08-03. 


  • Rodriguez, Juan Carlos. 1999. Bay of Pigs and the CIA. Ocean Press. Melbourne. ISBN 1-875284-98-2
  • Wyden, Peter. 1979. Bay of Pigs - The Untold Story. Simon and Schuster. New York. ISBN 0-671-24006-4 ISBN 0224017543 ISBN 978-0-671-24006-6

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