My absolute favorite day in Cuba was visiting Cayo Jutías, a place that Lonely Planet calls the most discovered ‘undiscovered’ beach. With its close proximity to Viñales, a day trip needs to be top on your list.
Getting to Cayo Jutías
When you first arrive in Viñales go ahead and book the day trip to Cayo Jutías. If you wait until the day of, you probably won’t be able to find any availabilities.
To make the arrangements you can either ask you casa particular to book it for you, visit the tourist offices on the main road in Viñales (Salvador Cisneros), or if you’re staying at a hotel in town, they will have booking agents you can book through.
We ended up booking the trip at the tourist offices on Salvador Cisneros, with another couple. The drive to Cayo Jutías is about 1.5-2 hours, approximately 65km northwest of Viñales. The roads in Cuba are horrible. They have massive potholes and vehicles have to go extremely slow to not damage their vehicles. Basically, everywhere you drive to in Cuba is a bumpy ride.
The combination of the warm water and the beautiful driftwood makes for one amazing beach. Something about driftwood is so calming to me. After wading in the crystal clear water and sunbathing for a couple of hours, we explored around the beach and played with the hermit crabs.
Explore Cayo Jutías
It’s easy to spend a day here at Cayo Jutías. My suggestion on how to spend your day:
- You can rent chairs and umbrellas for about 3 CUC per day.
- Explore the island and find your own area to swim and lounge in the sun.
- Rent kayaks or canoes for the day.
- Sign up for a snorkeling expedition. For about 12 CUC per person, you’ll get all rental gear and a guide which will show you to the coral reef.
- Enjoy fresh lobster at one of the beach restaurants and sip on an ice-cold cocktail.
Cayo Jutías doesn’t have any hotels near it, so you can’t stay overnight on the beach. I think this makes the beach stay for beautiful and clean.
Where is your favorite beach in Cuba?