The one kilometre of finely-graded white sand of Playa Pilar sits on the northwest coast of Cayo Guillermo, itself off the northwest coast of Cayo Coco. Part of the cluster of keys which stretch along Cuba’s north coast, Playa Pilar makes for a perfect escape, given its sparkling blue shallows. Protected by an offshore coral reef, which is a stunning attraction for snorkellers and scuba divers of all ages, it is backed by sand dunes reaching up to 16 metres in height, giving the beach a protected feel on its landward side.
Shade can be sought from Playa Pilar’s mature coconut palms, with several high-end hotels providing additional shade in the form of umbrellas, alongside beach chairs, sun loungers and day beds. Despite being within a chain of islands, causeways allow visitors to arrive by road by either car, taxi or public bus. Once you’ve walked along a brightly-coloured wooden walkway, you can then switch to the waters onboard sailboats, catamarans and pedal boats.
Beach amenities include restrooms and showers, while there are several beach bars and restaurants for those who haven’t brought their own refreshments.
Type of beach
- Diving & snorkelling
- Kite surfing
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