Located on the northern coast of Cuba, between the Bay of Dogs and Atlantic Ocean, Cayo Guillermo was our little retreat after roaming the dusty Cuban cities. Beautifully described in Ernest Hemingway’s novel Islands in the Stream, Cayo gracefully welcomed us to its stunning blond beach paradise.
Getting to Cayo Guillermo
It takes some time and some CUC’s to get to Cayo Guillermo. There is an international airport located on the island of Cayo Coco close to Cayo Guillermo. At the time of our travels (May 2016) there were no local buses available to take you to the resorts.
The best way is to either rent a car or get a taxi. However, if you booked all-inclusive resort and are flying to Cayo, your hotel should arrange a bus transfer, which takes around 45 minutes.
There is no public transport available from Havana so you will have to either rent a car or get a taxi. The distance is approx 550 km and it took us around 7 hours straight to come back to Havana by car.
Since we were travelling to Cayo from Trinidad, we got a taxi. It took us around 3.5 hours to get there at a cost at 120 CUC ($120.06 USD). Sharing a taxi would’ve been a very good idea.
There’s a passport control booth before entering Cayo Coco, so have your documents ready.
Our driver, Mario, was recommended to us by our host in Trinidad. Mario seemed to know everyone, everywhere. And it was a hell of a journey, with no seat belts on, because there were none! Later I learnt to ignore the fact that Mario was constantly on the phone, shouting something in Spanish or texting… But then again, there was no traffic…
Due to our lack of Spanish and Mario’s lack of English, we couldn’t really communicate, but it all went smoothly. You just gotta trust Cubans. Once we got to Cayo Guillermo, we arranged for Mario to pic us up and take us back to Havana 3 days later.
Iberostar Daiquiri resort
The only way to enjoy this pristine coastline is to book yourself into one of the all – inclusive resorts. We booked 3 nights at Iberostar Daiquiri resort and couldn’t really fault it. It was quite lovely.
The room was standard, but clean and spacious with good AC. The resort catered for everyone’s taste and the food was excellent.
We were most impressed with the hard-working bartenders who restlessly shook Pina Coladas, mixed Mojitos and poured Cuba Libres. The drinks were so good, the bar was always packed.
The kay of the Jardines del Rey archipelago
Never mind the hassle of getting here. Once you are on the kay of the Jardines del Rey archipelago, put your feet up and enjoy the palm fringed beaches with pristine water of the Atlantic.
Get a cigar, grab some rum and enjoy the sunset! We tried the ‘Montecristo’ brand here and it was much stronger compared to ‘Romeo y Julieta’, but lovely and rich in flavour.
We really recommend the Iberostar Daiquiri resort. The staff was very friendly and helpful and we can’t think of a better finale to our amazing Cuban holiday.
Have you been to Cayo Guillermo? Where did you stay? Let us know in the comments below…
Iberostar Daiquiri Cayo Guillermo on Google Maps: