for 5 cuc each, u can take a small tour of the island (about 1 hour) on the back of this horse..... i recommend doing it early morning or late afternoon. you will find the gentleman at the melia cg hotel by the pond where you change your towels. at the sol, they offer horse back riding for 10 cuc.more
you can visit this amazing beach from melia CG with either a daily 'train' or simply with a taxi. Either way, the cost is 5 cuc per person. If you are not a guest at the melia, there is a bus or train that goes around each resort for 5cuc and you can get off at the melia and then get a taxi. The taxi driver will ask what time you'd like to get...more
there is a 100m pier at the melia resort where you can fish off of....bring a fishing rod that u wouldn't mind giving away....there are many locals that only have the wire and hook....some will ask u for it....we made a good friend while fishing. he did not ask for anything, instead he actually came and offered us a stronger wire used for cathcing...more
Jungle TourTwo hour excursion where you pilot your own Jungle Speedboat exploring the intricate network of channels cutting across a virgin mangrove Jungle where tropical life abounds. Discover the unforgettable underwater world by snorkelling in the crystal waters of Cayo Guillermo. Keep the snorkel as a gift!If you like adventure then this trip...more
For additional cost, you can choose a variety of different one day and two day trips the tour operators offer. As we only went to Cayo Guillermo for a week (and went to just chill out) we only went on one trip - day trip to Habana. this cost £250 for two with Thomas Cook and included coach transfer to Cayo coco airport, flights to Habana, tour...more
the Melia is a 5 star hotel. however a 5 star in cuba is not exactly what we would consider a 5...more
This island was our next stop after Cayo Coco. We've heard about beautiful beach on this island -...more
Ciego De Avila, Cayo Guillermo, Cuba
The Pizza & pasta restaurant is described by the hotel and the tour operators as the 'a la carte' option to the usual buffet dining. You are allowed to book one meal per week at the restaurant. We tried it once, and would say 'a la carte' it wasn't.
Considering it is in the hotel grounds, and it is all inclusive hotel, you are only allowed one drink in the pizza restaurant (one glass of wine, or one glass of beer).
The menu choice is extremely limited, and the ambience was non-existent (felt like a school dining hall, not an a la carte restaurant). We think that at least 6 fellow diners ended their meal at the restaurant and then made it back to the buffet main restaurant for dessert and/or more food (as we did).
Favorite Dish: Not a lot of choice there : the choice of menu is cheese & tomato pizza, cheese tomato and sausage pizza, and cheese & tomato and something else, OR pasta with bolognese or with shrimp sauce - not a great deal of choice. There are no starter or dessert options. The pizza was nicely cooked (proper pizza oven) but my friend did not enjoy the shrimp pasta at all.
If you want to have a late night, then the lobby bar doesn't really close. We were still being served after 4 am, and friends of ours were still being served at 5 am. The staff keep on serving till the last person leaves.
Dress Code: No dress code, but you might get cold if you wear just swim suit.
The Cuban convertable currency is the tourist 'peso' in Cuba. Although not available outside Cuba, hotels will provide money exchange at about the same price as the change kiosk in the airport (so don't bother queueing up at the kiosk when you land and are getting your luggage).
The currency is widely accepted in Cuba - we went to Havana and all the shops were accepting our money!
If you are booking a holiday to the Cayos for the fantastic diving that can be had, it may not be a good idea to book the Villa Cojimar. Although I saw it advertised as having a scuba diving centre, there isnt one on site (Now closed). There is one in the next hotel up the beach (think Melia) but it does mean carrying your scuba diving up to there...more
When you land at Cayo Coco airport and go to to collect your luggage - you will notice as you come out of the airport, an official looking lady will immediately approach you as you literally step out of the door. She will ask where you are staying, and point you toward the line of men holding luggage trolleys. You will think that you should give...more
If you really want to buy genuine cuban cigars, don't buy them off the cubans who approach you on the beach - you will be smoking banana leaves. Genuine cigars can be purchased from hotel shops and duty free, and they are so reasonably priced compared to outside Cuba, it's just not worth buying the black market ones. Also, if customs check your box...more
There is no scuba diving centre at Villa Cojimar hotel, although other hotels have them. Nearest to Villa Cojimar is 15 minute walk along beach (see tourist trap trip for more info)
Equipment: Can hire - but cheaper to bring own.
If Castro goes, Cuba may well succumb to lure of capitalism and the world power so close to itself - USA, so, I would highly recommend anyone visit Cuba before there are Macdonalds & KFC on every corner. Visit this special place - a communist paradise island, in case it changes soon.
(There is one Macdonalds on Cuba - at the american base - Guatanama Bay).
Fondest memory: The Cuban People - so happy, so friendly, so nice. And the scenery - who could resist views from your hotel room like this?