Jeep, Scooter, Taxi and other transportation
For those wishing to explore Cayo Guillermo and its surroundings, there are several options available to you. It is always nice to discover what a destination offers to its visitors. Wherever possible, it is preferable to move by day, because the roads are not lit.
Unfortunately, to discover the real Cuba, you should opt to purchase one of the excursions offered by tour operators at your hotel. Cayo Guillermo is a small isolated island which is connected to the main island of Cuba by a dam in the sea of more than 27 kilometers. The nearest village is located 105 kms Moron. It is impossible to reach by scooter nor bicycle.
Moron is the village that most hotel employees live. Besides, to facilitate transfers, the Cuban government began a construction of several thousand rooms near the toll station at the entrance of the long causeway called « Pedraplen ».
Note that the marine excursions include bus transfers between hotels and the marina of Cayo Guillermo, located about 5 minutes from the hotels. A project of a dolphinarium is supposed to be built in the marina area. For now it is only a draft. Revisit us to know more about this project always very popular for tourists. Currently, the closest dolphinarium is located in the province of Cienfuegos. Several hours drive from the hotel. There is also another dolphinarium under construction in Cayo Ensenachos.
Transportation on the island of Cayo Guillermo ...
To get to Playa Pilar, the other hotels, the International Airport of Cayo Coco and any other attractions in the region, there is a taxi service available 24/24. It is best to book in advance at the hotel lobby. The cost of a transfer from the airport is quite expensive (30-40 CUC each way). Only the Convertible Peso is accepted (CUC) as payment. Click HERE to learn more about the Cuban currency (from our cubainfos.net website).
« Hop on / Hop off »
As for Varadero, there is a bus going to and from all hotels of Cayo Coco and Cayo Guillermo. The cost is 5 CUC (free for children) per person per day.
This means of transportation is very popular by the hotel guests to get to the beautiful beach of Playa Pilar, located west of Cayo Guillermo. You may use the bus the whole day without restriction.
Here is the schedule of transfers ...
Playa Pilar : 9h25 / 10h25 / 13h10 / 14h20 / 15h40 / 17h00
Hotels of Cayo Guillermo : 9h40 / 10h40 / 13h25 / 14h30 / 15h50 / 17h15
For customers of hotels in Cayo Coco, the first transfer leaves the Meliá Cayo Coco at 9:00 and arrives at the hotels in Cayo Guillermo about 9:55.
A transport effective and very affordable. We rented a scooter to explore the area and did a tour of all the hotels in Cayo Coco and Cayo Guillermo. It is possible to be two per scooter, but preferably only one if you want to travel across long distances especially for the last ten kilometers to reach Cayo Guillermo from Cayo Coco.
1-2 hours: 15 CUC
3 hours: 18 CUC
4-8 hours: 20 CUC
24 hours: 25 CUC
2-4 days: 18 CUC/day
5-12 days: 16 CUC/day
13-20 days: 14 CUC/day
21-29 days: 12 CUC/day
30 days: 10 CUC/day
Note that there is no insurance included in the price of scooter rentals and you must pay for gasoline. You may in advance for a full tank before leaving the rental center.
To rent a scooter, you must have in your possession, your driver's license and your passport. As it is not recommended to carry your passport at any time, but rather leave it in your safe deposit box from the room, make a photocopy of your documents before you travel to Cuba, and keep them with you.
It is always recommended to have in his possession a document that identifies you in the event of an accident. Photocopy of your passport can be very useful in emergencies. The roads are paved in Cayo Guillermo and easy for a ride on a scooter. The cost of renting a scooter is far below that of a car rental. Only the Convertible Peso is accepted (CUC) as payment. Click HERE to learn more about the Cuban currency.
The helmet is mandatory. The car rental centers are open from 9 am @ 17 pm every day.
If you want to visit Cayo Guillermo, Cayo Coco and even villages of the island of Cuba, you can rent a jeep or a car for a few hours or several days.
The cost of renting a car in Cuba is very expensive compared to North America. The fare for a car rental is 50 CUC per day (70 CUC in high season) plus 20 CUC for gasoline. There are rental centers in each of the hotels in Cayo Guillermo.
It is advisable to book in advance your car rental. They do not have many cars to rent sepecially during high season.
IMPORTANT! You must know how to drive manual transmission vehicles. It is rare if not impossible to rent a car with automatic transmission in Cuba.
When renting, you must have your passport (photocopy is sufficient) and your driver's license. Insurance is included in the price and the first tank of gas. The price for gasoline is about 1 CUC / liter.
Please, do not drive your vehicle if you're drunk ... not even a scooter! Cayo Guillermo's roads are not lit and can be slippery after rain. Drinking and driving is a serious offense in Cuba. If you injure a Cuban, you will have to pay the hospital bill until complete recovery. If you are drunk, the charges will be filed against you. Be aware!
The all-inclusive package includes the use of bicycle for one hour per day per person, for all the hotels. However, it is possible that bicycles are not in order or simply non-existent in some hotels. It is not advisable to venture onto the sandy roads, because you'll find your ride very hard!
Bicycles are generally in the same areas as the rental centers.
The « train » to explore Cayo Coco. Cost: 12 CUC for a ride of three hours, including a drink in Sitio La Guira.
A mini-version of a carriage that seems to be well appreciated by the children at the Iberostar Daiquiri.
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