Located around the Cuban keys, near Cayo Guillermo and Cayo Coco, are national parks and lakes, so you don’t have to go far from your hotel to appreciate the habitat around here. Guests can enjoy extensive water and mangrove areas, scrub and scattered trees.
Even if you’re not here specifically to see the wildlife, it’s hard to avoid it – you could spot the stunning roseate spoonbills, flamingoes, the Cuban crab hawk, and much more. Or if you’re a beach lover at heart, Cayo Guillermo beach is a glorious spot. Even here, you need only look up to see fantastic specimens of birdlife. Expect to find the local seagull, the sanderling, roaming around.
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Stunning tropical rainforests envelop the the beaches and the mainly All Inclusive hotels here, so relaxing and enjoying all the facilities in peaceful surroundings is easy. With staff on hand all day long, by the time the sun starts going down you’ll barely have to lift a finger to order that mojito. If you’re feeling a little more adventurous, try the popular Caribbean cocktail ‘Saoco’, made from green coconut water rum and ice-cubes – a drink once used as a tonic by Cuban slaves.
All of the hotels in Cayo Guillermo are luxurious, including the Melia Cayo Guillermo Hotel which boasts a walkway over the sea and purpose-built viewing points. The Sol Cayo Guillermo has room or bungalow accommodation and comes with garden or sea views as well as a tennis court, gym, and massage services. Each have fantastic restaurants to suit all tastes, but if you want to try a local dish, the grilled lobster is a great start.
All Inclusive holidays in Cuba are the ultimate in relaxation, and Cayo Guillermo has choices in abundance when it comes to a little pampering time.
Other areas of interest
If you’re willing to travel that bit further there are many remote islets off the coast. As Cuba is one of the most fascinating countries in the world, it might also be a nice idea to visit the mainland.
A 27-kilometre causeway links Cayo Guillermo to the historic town of Moron. Referred to as the ‘City of the Cockerel’ or Ciudad del Gallo, this urban area is home to 60,000 Cubans and dates back to the 17th century. You’ll get a sense of an authentic Cuban way of life here. Head to the main Calle Marti and you’ll even find some dilapidated colonial architecture.