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 17 kilometers. The nearest village is located 105 km Moron. It is impossible to reach by scooter nor bicycle.
Moron is the village that the hotel employees live. To facilitate transfers, the Cuban government built 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. The new dolphinarium is now open in the Cayo Guillermo. It is located near the marina. Before, people had to go to Cienfuegos. Several hours drive from the hotel. There is also another dolphinarium located in Cayo Ensenachos.
Please note that passengers traveling with Kitesurfing equipment may have to pay additional charges for the transfer from the airport to the hotel. You must notify the tour operator (or your travel agent) while booking. A 18 CUC fee (per stay and payable locally) is now charged to kite surf in Cayo Guillermo. If you do not pay this fee, the authorities will not let you leave the country. Be advised!
This service is available 24/24 everyday at all the hotels. It is recommended to book in advance at the lobby. The Convertible Peso is the only form of payment and it will cost you more on Sundays ????
The cost for a transfer (one-way) from the airport is ...
15 CUC for the hotels in Playa Larga/Playa Las Coloradas
(from the Melia Cayo Coco to the hotel Tryp : 3 CUC)
25 CUC for the hotels in Playa La Jaula/Playa Flamenco
(from the Melia Cayo Coco to the dolphinarium : 25 CUC and 45 round-trip)
45 CUC for the hotels in Cayo Guillermo
(from the Melia Cayo Coco to Playa Pilar : 30 CUC and 50 round-trip)
Last time we visited Cayo Coco, we took a cab from the airport to our hotel. In case you are looking for a taxi, you may contact Claro at (01) 5291 6366 or email: email@example.com / firstname.lastname@example.org
Click HERE to learn more about the Cuban currency.
Panoramic « Hop on / Hop off » bus
There is a bus going back and forth from all hotels in Cayo Coco and Cayo Guillermo, down to Playa Pilar. The cost is 5 CUC (free for children) per person per day. A nice way to discover these islands! You may use the bus the whole day without restriction. IMPORTANT! Keep your ticket!
However, it may take up to 1½ hour to get to Playa Pilar from the Melia Cayo Coco. Click HERE to see the pickup hours of the panoramic buses in Cayo Coco and Cayo Guillermo.
Do not forget your hat and your sunscreen if you plan to stay on the second floor!
Click to see photos of transportation in Cayo Coco.
The little « Dotto Trains »
There is a funny transportation in Cayo Coco. It looks like a small train going back and forth from the Melia Cayo Coco to the hotels in Playa Larga (down to the hotel Colonial Cayo Coco).
You may go to the Gaviota Shopping mall.
It is a bumpy ride. The cost is 2 CUC per person, one-way.
In 2010, this train used to go to Sitio La Guira (in the Playa Flamenco sector), but not anymore.
The effective and very affordable transport throughout the islands! We often rent a scooter to explore the area and the hotels in Cayo Coco and Cayo Guillermo. It is possible to be two per scooter, but preferably only one if you want to ride across long distances. To rent a scooter, you must show your driver's license and your passport.
It is not recommended to carry your passport at any time, so leave it in your safety deposit box in your hotel room. You should always bring a photocopy of your passport that you carry with you when you leave the hotel. It is always recommended to have in his possession a document that identifies you in the event of an accident.
The roads are paved in Cayo Coco and Cayo Guillermo and therefore easy for a ride. The cost for renting a scooter is far below than a car rental. Only the Convertible Peso is accepted (CUC) as payment.
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. The helmet is mandatory. The car rental centers are open from 9 am @ 17 pm every day. You must pay the scooter rentals in CUC only (no credit cards).
If you want to visit Cayo Guillermo, Cayo Coco, Cayo Paredon and even villages of the island of Cuba, you may rent a jeep or a car for few hours or several days (a lot cheaper than one day!). You must know how to drive manual transmission vehicles. It is uncommon or even impossible to rent a car with automatic transmission in Cuba.
The cost for renting a car in Cuba is very expensive compared to North America. Fees for a car rental is 50 CUC per day (70 CUC in high season) plus 20 CUC for gasoline. There are rental centers in every hotels. It is advisable to book in advance your car rental. They do not have many cars to rent, especially during high season. You may pay the car rental on your credit card (excluding gasoline and insurance).
You must have your passport (a photocopy is ok) 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.
IMPORTANT! Do not drink and drive ... not even a scooter! The roads are not lit and can be slippery after rain. It is a serious offense in Cuba. If you injure a Cuban, you will have to pay the hospital bill, until complete recovery. Be advised!
Your 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 trails. Bicycles are generally in the same areas as the rental centers. The trend is to charge for bicycle now.
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