Where is Cayo Guillermo ?
Cayo Guillermo is a tiny island of thirteen square kilometers, which is part of a group of several islands called « Jardines del Rey » (King's Gardens) and which itself is part of the largest archipelago called « Sabana-Camaguey ». Cayo Guillermo is itself surrounded by a dozen islands, and the nearest is Cayo Media Luna located North of Playa Pilar.
This archipelago counts over 2,500 islands and islets (cays) located off the Atlantic coast of Cuba in the provinces of Ciego de Avila and Camaguey. The island of the Jardines del Rey which saw the first tourist development is Cayo Guillermo in 1992 with the opening of the Hotel Gran Caribe Club Villa Cojimar, followed by the Guitart Cayo Coco (now Blau Colonial) on the neighboring island Cayo Coco, in 1993.
At that time, there was no international airport on the island. Tourists had to use the airport located in the capital of Ciego de Avila. The construction of the dam « Pedraplen » long of 27 kms connecting Cayo Coco to the big island of Cuba in 1988 began the era of tourism on both islands of the King's Gardens. A 300-meters bridge connects Cayo Coco to Cayo Guillermo.
Another island of this archipelago is booming, Cayo Santa Maria, located about 25 kms as the crow flies from Cayo Guillermo. Like Cayo Coco, Cayo Santa Maria is connected to the island of Cuba by a dike 48 km. There are more rooms in Cayo Santa Maria than Cayo Coco and Cayo Guillermo. If you want to know more about this sunny destination in Cuba, visit our website dedicated to this destination by clicking the following link: www.cayosantamaria.info
Some of the islands of the archipelago of Jardines del Rey in the provinces of Ciego de Avila and Camaguey.
Cayo Coco is connected to the island of Cuba by a dam 27 km (one section of 17 kms is in the sea) with fourteen bridges to limit the impact on the environment.
This dam was inaugurated in 1988 after only 16 months of work. A toll booth was installed at the entrance to the dyke (2 CUC per car payable only in CUC).
There is only one road to connect Cayo Coco to Cayo Guillermo. There is a section of this road which is the former runway of the first airport of the island (local flights). The beach hotels in Cayo Guillermo stretch for about five kilometers and is considered one of the most beautiful of the Caribbean.
It is a beach of white fine sand, with calm seas and shallow water. What surprise most in Cayo Guillermo is the beach width that varies a lot with the tides. The range can extend over more than forty meters at low tide. Very impressive and safe for young children because the sea is shallow.
Cayo Coco and Cayo Guillermo are located in the province of Ciego de Avila. The nearest village is Morón, where the employees working in the hotels live.
As for Cayo Santa Maria, the government is working to build houses (4,000 rooms), near the entrance to the causeway for employees of hotels. This will facilitate the transfer for those who must borrow the dam every day.
The province of Ciego de Avila, who previously was paired with the neighboring Camaguey, has an area of 6.783 km2 with more than 420,000 inhabitants and its capital is the city of Ciego de Avila, founded in 1840.
There are new hotels under construction in Cayo Guillermo in the area of Playa Pilar and Punta Rasa. Playa Pilar is the most beautiful beach of this area of Cube. They built a dolphinarium near the marina. This sights is always very popular for children and even adults.
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