Pinar del Río, the island's westernmost province, is one of the least developed in Cuba. Being as how Pinar del Río is fairly sparsely populated and in a non-central location, it is considered to be somewhat of a backwater province. Thus, it has received comparatively little attention from the government and as such remains underdeveloped.
Geographically, the area is mountainous along the northern coast, rendering that portion of the province of little use agriculturally. The central and southern portions of the province are mainly flat grasslands, but the soil is unsuitable for sugarcane or citrus crops.
The province's main agricultural importance is in its tobacco production. Grown in the Viñales Valley near the province's capital city of