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Central America Cayo Coco and Guillermo (Cuba)

Are you dreaming of a luxurious swim on a sand beach with unbelievingly azure water? Just you and almost no one around? This is the place. These two island barely coming out of the crystal clear Caribbean water are connected with the mainland through a ambitious 30 km embankment.
The bigger one, Cayo Coco (364 km2) has an international airport a gas station and some ten hotel resorts. The smaller, Cayo Guillermo (just 13 km2) has only 3 hotels and supposedly the best beach around (playa Pilar) if that is even possible. All the beaches here have soft sand and beautiful azure greenish shallow water. Around the hotels there are palms and all kinds of flowers, but the original island´s vegetation is manglare trees and some uninteresting bush. The main inhabitants are tourists, Cubans only come here to work.
What here: You can swim, suntan, snorquel, scuba dive, drive a catamaran or catch a fish and eat all you can in the hotel´s buffets. That's about it. But as I look around, none of the guests seems to have a problem with it. National park Bagá on the west side of Cayo Coco is recently closed, but with a little luck you can spot the colonies of pink flamingoes anywhere.

Travel agencies make two days trips to Trinidad.

Where to stay:
Most hotel resorts offer all inclusive plans. There are no restaurants or casas particulares on the islands. You might try Sol Meliá ( but generaly speaking it is cheaper to book through some travel agency, Cuban or foreighn, you can do so in Havana. Count with 120 USD and more for a double room.
How to get here: If you don´t come (or fly) with some travel agency, own car is the best bet. The buses that go to the islands bring only the Cuban workers (if I am not wrong). Driving your (rented) car, about 20 km north from the city of Moron a huge political billboard will welcome you and at the booth they will charge you a very decent 2 CUC per car. Then expect to drive almost for half an hour around a very shallow somewhat smelly water. The situation improves once you reach Cayo Coco. There is only one main road through the islands, exits to the hotels are (as opposed to the rest of Cuba) very well marked.

Journey from Trinidad takes about 5 hours, from Havana you better count 7. You can also take a cab.