Getting to Cayo Coco and Cayo Guillermo

Cayo Coco BeachPeople ask me how you can get from Havana to Cayo Coco and Cayo Guillermo, what the best means of transport, as well as the cheapest, plus the best excursions Cayo Coco and Cayo Guillermo beach have to offer. A pristine area of special interest for animals and nature lovers. While finding the best deals can be elusive, hopefully this article will help.

First of all, you should know where the two Cuban Cayos are located. Cayos are found on small shallow islands beaches with coral reefs, usually in the tropics. These two Cayos are situated in the northern region of Cuba, in Ciego de Avila, the nearest major town is Morón.

The distance from Morón to the first Cayo, Cayo Coco, is about 70 kilometers. Another 40 kilometers must be added to reach Cayo Guillermo.

Cayo Coco island has a small airport, so it can be accessed by internal flights from Havana, or by road, which continues to Cayo Guillermo.

The most economical means to travel around Cuba and to the Cayos is by Viazul bus. The only problem is that some of the Cayos and the occasional town are not reached by such buses as they do not visit all locations in Cuba, even some important places, as is the case with Moron.

CayoCoco CubaThe price is 27 CUC to Ciego de Avila and the journey distance takes between 7 and 9 hours. Add an extra 1.30 hours to get to Cayo Coco. In case of choosing Cayo Guillermo another 40 minutes or more should be added. Airlines flying to the Cuban cayos beaches in Jardines del Rey are the following: http://www.cubajet.com and http://www.aerogaviota.com

Viazul bus services stop at the city of Ciego de Avila. From here you must find an alternative means to take you to your selected Cayo. You can hire a public or private taxi or you can also look for an Almendrón (taxi for Cuban locals) making the trip. Prices range between 50 and 70 CUC and as usual negotiate your price before beginning your journey to the beaches in Cayo Coco and Guillermo.

Renting a car in Cuba is not cheap. A small car insured for each driver comes out an average of 65-70 CUC per day. To this must be added the guarantee or deposit. This deposit will be refunded when you return the car and finally do remember fuel in Cuba is not cheap, at this moment round 1.50 CUC per litre.

If you plan to leave the car in a different city in Cuba from the one you hired it in, you should add about 100 CUC depending on the distance between cities.

Flights from Cayo Coco to Havana and viceversa is the quickest and easiest option, but also the most expensive in financial terms. By road from Havana, it would take at least nine hours, plus the time to reach the Cayo, while the flight only takes 1.30 hours. Sometimes time also means money.

cuba map cayo guillermoThere are companies like Transtur that can arrange transfers to these Cuban Cayos. Guests are collected from their hotels in Cayo Guillermo or Cayo Coco beach and the price starts around 35 CUC per passenger for the journey.

The information on this service can be obtained at any of the major bureaus in your hotel. Once in Cayo Coco and Cayo Guillermo beach, travelers will have the option to hire bicycles at the resort hotel for a ride around the island. It is the ideal transport to discover its surroundings and enjoy its awesome nature.

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