Playa Sirena is 2.3 km long, the beach is sheltered & the sea was calm. As the afternoon temperature was in the 30's, I spent a lot of my time here in the shade under a palm tree. There is one main restaurant & bar here, although a couple of shacks on the beach sold drinks. There were a couple of stalls selling souvenirs & handicrafts. Apart from sunbathing, water sports such as wind surfing, sailing & pedalos were available from the beach. On leaving the beach there are toilet & showering facilities available.
The whole area wasn't too crowded & at times as you walked along a secluded part of the beach it did feel like you were on your own desert island.
Natural swimming pool
Just off Cayo Largo the sea is so shallow due to the reefs & high sand dunes that a natural swimming pool has been formed.
Standing in the clear warm sea with the blue sky above was a truly unforgettable experience. We were the the only boat there at the time & it felt just like paradise.
- Sailing and Boating
- Diving and Snorkeling
Marina Cayo Largo
There are boat trips available here to take you around the Island & to scuba diving & fishing sites. These can be booked at the marina & fishing equipment can be hired too. At the marina there is a small bar which sells snacks as well drinks, an ideal place to sit & relax prior to or after your boat trip.
This was the first stop on a catamaran cruise from the marina. It is a tiny island inhabited by iguanas, you can walk around and take photos of them. Seeing traces of litter on the island combined with someone trying to feed one a sandwich made me think perhaps it may be better if tourists didn't visit the island.
Take a look....different types of turtles...at least at the time that I was last there...
They were in different sizes of concrete "ponds"....and graduated to larger ones as they matured...then released....or eaten.. : o [
Chat up the Gardener
This man was more than happy to spend a break chattin with my girl that I was travelling with ...Steffi
See the "travelogue" and Ill tell you a little about the Nursery....there's more than meets the eye here.
We had a blast buzzing around the few roads that were paved....great way to see the Island.
Ther was a dirt trail that extended past the hotel area and continued along the shoreline...above the beach...we drove along kms of untouched and solitary beach...
Playa Paraiso & Playa Sirena (2)
You can easily walk from Playa Paraiso to Playa Sirena: it takes 20 minutes along the beach.
In Playa Sirena there is bar/restaurant and there is a boat service to/from La Marina harbour.
In Playa Paraiso there is absolutely nothing but sea and sand.
Sea turtles farm
Close to La Marina harbour, there is a small sea turtles farm. Mr. Octavio is a volunteer who helps sea turtles to survive in Cayo Largo, especially during the egg deposition period. There are some tubs where ill turtles are treated defore being freed back in the sea.
While I was there I was able to see an albino sea turtle that was born a few weeks before.
If you get bored of the resort life, your only chance to meet somebody different from resort guests and staff is to reach La Marina, the small touristic harbour in Cayo Largo.
There is also a small tourist office that organizes fishing trips etc.
Playa Paraiso & Playa Sirena (1)
You can easily find a stretch of beach where you're virtually "alone". Ideal for family travel and naturism (but take care of the sun).
Playa Paraiso and Playa Sirena are probably the two best beaches in Cayo Largo. You can walk (about 2 hours) from the resorts area or you can better take one of the unfrequent free 4 wd pickups.
- Family Travel
High dunes, clear blue water, shells you can find as a unique present to your friends...natural swimming pool.
It's included in day trip to visit Cayo iguana by boat and feed iguanas and take some photos.
Iguana on 2nd photo :-)
Cayo Largo hosts many nice birds. It's very easy to see many of them both on the beach and in the green areas.
- Family Travel
From La Marina harbour you can reach by boat (20 minutes) a small rocky island inhabited ony by a large amount of iguanas. The animals are quiet but please don't disturb them too much.