With the Atlantic Ocean lapping the shores of fine sandy beaches, Cayo Guillermo is part of a small and tranquil archipelago off the coast of Cuba. It's what you'd expect the perfect Caribbean destination to look like – white beaches, lush greenery and exotic birds – and it's easy to see why this is such a popular spot with people planning Cuba holidays.
Cayo Guillermo is part of the Jardines del Rey archipelago, which translates to 'Gardens of the King' and this leafy, beach-filled corner makes for a perfect retreat. American author Ernest Hemingway immortalised this island in his book 'Islands in the Stream', and the key of Cayo Guillermo is an area where he loved to fish, camp and boat during World War II. His yacht was also called Pilar after Playa Pilar beach, which is considered one of the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean.
With its sun-bleached sands and crystal clear waters, it really does feel like an oasis of calm as you relax on a sunlounger surrounded by swaying palm trees. Nearby restaurants and bars are where friendly staff pander to your every need.
It's a lovely spot to get away from the crowds, though with only a handful of hotels on the entire island, it hardly ever gets busy. As the archipelago is part of Cuba's northern coral reef, spectacular snorkelling and diving excursions can be enjoyed in places such as nearby Cayo Media Luna, opposite Playa Pilar. Speak to your hotel about this and other excursions.