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The Presidio Modelo
Locator map of Nueva Gerona (in black)
within Isla de la Juventud
|Province||Isla de la Juventud|
|Elevation||17 m (56 ft)|
|Time zone||EST (UTC-5)|
Nueva Gerona is located by the coast, in the north-eastern area of the island, between the hills of Caballos and Casas. It is crossed by the river Río Las Casas, which provides a navigable waterway to the Caribbean Sea.
The city is divided into the repartos (quarters) of Centro, Abel Santamaría, Sierra Caballo, Nazareno, Saigón, Chacón and José Martí. In the suburban quarter of Chacón is located the Presidio Modelo, a former prison and now a museum.
Nueva Gerona is linked to La Fe (or Santa Fe), the 2nd most populated town of the island, with a 20 km-long expressway. The harbour in Río Las Casas estuary provides to link it to Cuban mainland, at the port of Surgidero de Batabanó. Near the suburban quarter José Martí is located the Rafael Cabrera Mustelier Airport.
Both the baseball and the football clubs representing the Isla de la Juventud are based in Nueva Gerona. The baseball venue is the Estadio Cristóbal Labra and the football one is the Estadio El Rodeo.
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