Getting to Know some of the Cayos (Keys) of Cuba is a good reason to visit this country that has nearly everything. If you want to turn your back on worldly troubles for a while and relax in paradise, Cayo Guillermo and Cayo Ensenachos are the perfect destination. These two Caribbean jewels are in Buena Vista Bay, declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO.

Washed by turquoise waters, these two cayos feature some of the best beaches on the island. It is a paradise of white sand with plenty of room and not many people, where you can relax and enjoy a refreshing mojito.

Since most of the cayos are surrounded by coral reefs, it is easy to picture the beauty and variety of marine life just a short way from the sand. It is the ideal place for scuba diving, snorkeling and taking your time to watch the marine fauna, colorful fishes and crabs on the sand or sea stars on the shore. You can also go fishing.

A cayo or key is basically a small island formed by the accumulation of sediment in a coral reef zone. Everything is quite flat, just a few meters above sea level. Nature is one of the great features of these destinations. You can go on excursions on foot, riding a bike or in a car to discover the best beaches and admire the endemic flora and fauna. Don’t miss the flamingos amidst the mangroves of Cayo Guillermo.

Cayo Ensenachos is an area of pristine natural beauty, an island with two of the most dazzling beaches in Cuba, Playa Mégano and Playa Ensenachos. This is the ideal destination for those wishing to get away from everything and hide out in a bucolic environment, without neglecting the benefits of comfort and first-rate service.

Cayo Guillermo was Ernest Hemingway’s favorite fishing place, mentioned by him in his ‘Islands in the Stream’. Don’t miss Playa Pilar, a virgin beach surrounded by sand dunes that rise up to 16 meters and palm trees to give it the perfect touch. The place owes a lot of its fame to Hemingway.

Cayo Guillermo is also one of the few places in Cuba that welcomes kite surfers.

These two cayos are among the most beautiful places on earth. Why don’t you come along and find out for yourself?


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