Ahhhh.. Playa Pilar… Cuba spoilt us rotten with its wonderful beaches. I think this one was my favourite so far… A sublime strip of sand is said to be Cuba’s, and The Caribbean’s, greatest beach.
As adventurous (and crazy) as we (sometimes) are, we decided to hike 7 km to Playa Pilar from Cayo Guillermo. It looked all fine on the map, sandy coast all the way. We packed some stuff and took off along the beach, slowly moving forward, stopping occasionally to refresh in the ocean.
But the road wasn’t exactly as we imagined it, from 7 km it stretched into 10 km. We kept on walking in the extreme humidity and midday sun. Eventually we just had to give up and in the end we hailed a taxi, which miraculously appeared from nowhere. After a short drive we finally reached our destination.
The view was stunning. I couldn’t take my eyes of the shallow blue waters. But before hitting the beach, we stopped for some delicious lunch at this lovely bar-restaurant built in the dunes.
This 500 m beach is covered in diamond – dust like sand, so fine that if you drop a handful, it will blow away before hitting the ground. It was absolutely perfect. The water was so clear that you could see the beautiful fish without any snorkeling equipment. Although now I wish I went snorkeling properly whilst there.
After spending all day on the beach it was time to get back to the hotel. There are 4 hop on hop off buses per day, going between the resorts and stopping at Playa Pilar, but we managed to miss the last one!
We should have realised why the beach was suddenly deserted. With no bus or any car in sight, we only had one option – walk. Again! And so we did, on the main road, looking over our shoulders for any kind of transportation. Luckily, soon enough, two friendly spaniards gave us a lift back to our hotel. Phew… Thanks guys!