Cayo Guillermo Holidays
A tiny island off Cuba’s northern coast, Cayo Guillermo is a real tropical paradise. Just five square miles, this beautiful sandy island sits in the Jardines del Rey archipelago and is connected to its larger neighbour, Cayo Coco, by a bridge. Cayo Guillermo holidays are filled with water sports, horse riding along the beach and, of course, a lot of peaceful sunbathing. Take a boat tour around the islands, see dolphins and turtles and rest in luxury at the end of the day at one of many All Inclusive hotels.
Cayo Guillermo is always warm with a summer average of 28°C and a winter average of 22°C.
Cayo Coco (Jardines del Rey) International Airport: Around a 40 minute drive to Cayo Guillermo over a causeway with beautiful views.
Book a cheap holiday to Cayo Guillermo with Airtours and relax on white sand beaches, learn to water ski or kayak and chill out at sunset with cocktails and seafood.
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Tiny compared to its neighbour Cayo Coco, Cayo Guillermo is a little island in the Jardines del Rey, a group of tropical islands in a large archipelago. The first to have a resort built, Cayo Guillermo is a popular tourist island with excellent transport links to Cayo Coco and the mainland, but far enough to be its own miniature paradise. There’s plenty to do on the island and even more on neighbouring Cayo Coco just over a 300-metre bridge.
Cayo Guillermo is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in Cuba including Playa Pilar. Named after Hemingway’s yacht, this beach draws sunbathers from all over the world and Cayo Guillermo itself featured in his last novel. The beaches here offer white sand, clear, warm water and many beachside bars and restaurants, so you never need to go very far for anything. If you want to swim in the sea, lie on the beach and enjoy delicious food before jumping into the hotel pool, Cayo Guillermo beach holidays are ideal.
With tropical plants and seafood that’s local, Cuban cuisine is always fresh and delicious. Almost every restaurant in Cayo Guillermo will have lobster on the menu and if you’ve never tried it, you’ll quickly become hooked. Freshly barbecued fish is also a favourite and most meals will be served with Caribbean rice and local vegetables. Western food is also served up in a lot of places, which is good if anyone in your group isn’t a fan of seafood. Beer and rum are plentiful and local brands are always worth sampling. Restaurants and bars often have sea views and are the perfect place to enjoy the sunset in true Caribbean style.
If you’re keen on exploring, adventure and activity, Cayo Guillermo is a great place to head for your holidays. With cheap activities, good All Inclusive hotel deals and a whole lot of landscape to enjoy, there’s always something for everyone. With water sports from snorkelling and diving to windsurfing and jet skiing, water lovers will be well taken care of. You’ll be able to arrange tours from the island to the mainland easily and you can see the jungles and mountains with your very own guide. Horse riding and plantation tours are common and after it all, you can go back to the beach and relax.
Beach lovers: The Jardines del Rey archipelago isn’t called the King’s Garden for no reason. Packed with white sand, warm, gentle seas and brimming with tropical fish, this Caribbean paradise is brilliant for beach lovers.
Families: There’s something for all your group in Cayo Guillermo and both children and adults are well catered for. With water sports from windsurfing all the way to pedalos, Cayo Guillermo is just over the bridge from all of Cayo Coco’s attractions too.
Nature explorers: The Jardines del Rey aren’t just sandy beaches, they’re also packed with birds, plants and wildlife. Walking on Cayo Guillermo and neighbouring Cayo Coco is sure to have you nature spotting – look out for the flamingos!
Location: Cayo Guillermo is within the Jardines del Rey archipelago off Cuba’s northern coast.
Currency: With two currencies, Cuban money can get confusing. The easiest currency to use is the Cuban Convertible Peso (CUC), which is for foreigners and used in all tourist areas. For local services like town buses and street food, you might be better off paying in the Cuban Peso or CUP.
Size: Cayo Guillermo is small at just 5 square miles.
Accessibility: Thanks to a bridge, Cayo Guillermo is easy to reach from the larger Cayo Coco and its airport.
Temperature: With summer highs of 33°C and averages of 28°C, Cayo Guillermo is a hot and sunny destination. Even in winter, the sun shines every day and averages are around 22°C.
Best time to visit: Cayo Guillermo is an all year round holiday sun spot, with the least rainfall between December and April. Easter escapes and autumn holidays are warm and sunny while Christmas on the beach is a festive and tropical experience. Hurricanes can affect Cuba in the summertime but don’t happen often.
By Taxi: Taxis are easy to find and quite cheap although airport transfers can often be booked in advance through your hotel.
By Hire Car: Jeeps and cars can be hired in Cayo Guillermo and Cayo Coco, and are a good way of exploring inland by yourself.
By Bus: Tourist buses go between beaches and hotels in Cayo Coco and Cayo Guillermo and local town buses can be found on the mainland for very cheap prices.
By Scooter: Exploring Cayo Guillermo and Cayo Coco by scooter is fun, cheap and easy. Stop where you want, when you want and find flamingos and forests within easy reach.
For keen fishermen: At the beginning of October each year is a huge sport fishing tournament held on Cayo Guillermo. With fishermen catching marlin, wahoo and other huge game fish, this exciting festival often sets records.
For jazz lovers: The Jardines del Rey Jazz Festival is a huge event held every year in Morón, a town on the mainland just after crossing the Cayo Coco causeway. Every June thousands of music lovers come to the festival for performances, dance and food.
For carnival lovers: Laguna de Leche is a pretty unique lake on the mainland at the base of the Cayo Coco causeway, not far from Cayo Guillermo. Each September a carnival is held here with huge crowds and many activities.