Cuba, a tourist attraction par excellence in the Caribbean, has expanded its offers beyond its limits by incorporating unexplored islets and keys to its options for vacationers.
North of the eastern Cuban province of Ciego de Avila is one of the fastest-growing destinations in the island's tourism sector: Jardines del Rey.
In that region, Cayo Guillermo is the smallest key, with an area of 18 square kilometers, although it holds a diversified flora with species like mahogany, mastic tree and savine.
The key's fauna is abundant in aquatic species, including a colony of pink flamingos and migratory birds that nest in the area, in addition to endemic species.
The islet's flora and fauna is closely linked to that of the Bahamas, so it is a real paradise for nature enthusiasts who can admire the region's beauties on foot, on horseback or in excursions.
In addition, Cayo Guillermo's main attraction consists of five kilometers of beautiful beaches, one of which, called El Pilar, honors the yacht of the same name that belonged to the world-famous US novelist Ernest Hemingway.
Cayo Guillermo has the additional peculiarity of having dunes that are up to 16 meters high and are among the highest in the region.
The beach El Pilar is one of the best in the Cuban archipelago, due to the high quality and width of its strip of sand and its crystal-clear waters.
The islet offers excellent hotels, artificial lakes, swimming pools and a wide range of entertainment options and services in an environment that has been barely touched by humans to guarantee tourists an unforgettable stay.
Cayo Guillermo is connected to the main island by a causeway over the sea that runs from Turiguanó, north of Ciego de Avila province and famous for its lagoons, where trout fishing is a major attraction, as well as its beautiful rural landscapes.
On the other hand, the heavenly sea bottoms around the key, which can compare to a huge aquarium, can be appreciated thanks to the existence of diving centers.
Precisely, due to the exuberant nature of Cayo Guillermo, Cayo Coco and Paredón Grande, Governor Diego Velázquez called the region Jardines del Rey (King's Gardens), in honor of Spanish King Ferdinand the Catholic.
The proximity to a 400-kilometer-long coral reef, which is considered the world's second longest, after the one in Australia, gives a touch of distinction to the region's tourist offers by adding diving activities for those who enjoy scuba diving and snorkeling in warm waters with excellent visibility.
Vacationers can also visit sites of historic and cultural interest in the cities of Ciego de Avila and Morón, as well as restaurants and other tourist facilities that guarantee a pleasant stay on the keys.