I jumped at the chance to go to Cayo Largo in late January 2011, having read up on the island's attributes some months in advance. At Cayo Largo a vacationer has most of the advantages of a Varadero trip, with few of the Varadero drawbacks (i.e. loud party activity interfering with a good night's rest). The travel agency had an unbelievably low price if I booked on this one 6AM departure. (Hint to airlines: passengers would be less cranky if the departure on flights like this were a little more reasonable in the hour.)
My primary goal was to see at least one fish, underwater, each day of this getaway, and I succeeded, first at Sol Pelicano's beach the day of my arrival, and subsequently at Playa Sirena and on two catamaran reef excursions that I indulged in.
I was shifted over to the Sol Cayo Largo 3 days into the trip, to help out the Pelicano with an incoming group who wanted to book a block of side-by side suites. There is a big difference between the two lobby bars: in Sol Pelicano the lobby bar is generally deserted, and is really just a passageway to the pizza restaurant. However the El Cavito lobby bar at Sol Cayo Largo is the social center of the complex, especially in cocktail hour where many of us are waiting for the buffet to open. The bartender there knows how to mix a proper drink (definitely a rarity at most Cuban and Dominican all-inclusive resorts!)
One advantage of Sol Pelicano is that all suites have several 110vAC outlets and are clearly labeled as such, so keeping laptop and Ipod charged up is easy; Sol Cayo Largo is an older complex with only 220v service, so you'll need to bring a voltage convertor.
I only took the free beach shuttle once: it has negligible suspension, and the seats are just hard wooden benches which are injurious to humans when going over that road, which is more pot-holes than surface material. The taxis, one the other hand, had comfy seats and air conditioning, and only cost 2 pesos, so I took them and was free from the tyranny of the hotel shuttle's rigid schedule, which forces you to miss lunch at the hotel buffet.
On Cayo Largo they don't believe in clocks; there's an old historical timepiece on the wall in Sol Cayo Largo and it is stuck at 10:08. Perhaps a memorial to Hurricane Michelle in 2001?
But Cayo Largo is the best of all worlds. I would go back in a moment.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in Cayo Largo del Sur, in the Caribbean Sea. All Inclusive Four-Star Resort with 307 rooms. Its comfortable accommodations offer guests the chance to enjoy a peaceful and calm vacation. The property faces 600 meters of beach, famous for its perennially cool white-sand. Fun-packed recreation programs for both children and adults. Recommended for families.Guest Rooms307 rooms: 259 Standard, 36 Standard Ocean View, 12 Junior SuiteDining3 Restaurants (A la Carta, Buffet, A la carte and mini-buffet), 2 Cafeterias, 2 Bars ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sol Pelicano Cayo Largo