Cayo Coco and Cayo Guillermo

Cayo Coco and Cayo Guillermo are special destinations to build treasured memories. They are known for their turquoise waters, their pristine white sand beaches and luxurious resorts. Connected to mainland Cuba by a 17-km causeway, these serene islands are an exotic world away from busy daily life.

A beautifully unspoiled coral reef can be found off the north cost of Cayo Coco. This reef is said to be the largest in the Western hemisphere and second largest in the world, home to a diverse population of rare marine life and colorful fishes. The best part? You can explore them at your leisure with some of the best snorkeling and scuba diving in the world, bringing you face-to-face with some of Cuba’s most unique creatures.

If you’d prefer to stay dry, the reef can also be experienced through a glass-bottomed boat. You can also embark on one of the ever-popular fishing excursions — you’d have the opportunity to trawl the same waters as Hemingway did and immerse yourself in the beauty that inspired him to write his famous novel The Old Man and the Sea over 60 years ago.

In Cayo Coco you can also explore the spectacular Playa Pilar Beach — named after Ernest Hemingway’s boat — is widely regarded as one of the most breathtaking beaches in the Caribbean.

Infuse a bit of romance and make the experience even more memorable by opting for one of many sunset tour options that include an open bar and beachside dinner. For adrenaline-seekers, kitesurfing (or kiteboarding) can take your vacation experience to the next level. Cayo Guillermo is a world-class destination for these activities due to its shallow, temperate waters and constant breeze. Whether you’re a rookie or a pro, there’s tons of room to learn and improve.


A charming nexus of land and seas, Cayo Coco and Cayo Guillermo pair natural beauty and thrilling adventure to satisfy any vacation craving. With scrumptious local delicacies and their welcoming and friendly people, these small islands are easy to explore and even easier to fall in love with — the perfect destination for your next trip to the Caribbean.

There are many options to travel to Cayo Coco and Cayo Guillermo. Hola Sun Holidays offers weekly flights from Toronto and Montreal and a wide range of hotels, from 2- to 5-star options, that cater to families, couples, groups or weddings.

As originally published by the Toronto Star.

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