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Hotel Pelicano
(formerly Sol Pelicano)

The Hotel Pelicano belongs to the Cuban group Gran Caribe but it was managed by Melia Hotels International for many years under the name Sol Pelicano. Since mid- 2016 the hotel was renamed Hotel Pelicano and is now managed again by Gran Caribe. This resort is the most family-oriented property in Cayo Largo, with the largest mini-club, and it has the most stable beach. Although it’s not as luxurious as its neighbor, the Sol Cayo Largo, it’s usually considered as the most appreciated hotel in Cayo Largo (according to its Trip Advisor rating) and the best value for money.

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PLEASE NOTE! There is Clothing Optional section at the east end of the Hotel Pelicano beach (towards hotel Villa Lindamar), starting at the last footbridge; you will encounter naturists in this area.


Year of construction: 1993 (phase 1)
307 rooms (STD, STD-OCN, and SJR)
18 buildings of 8, 12 or 31 rooms
Main swimming pool (saltwater)
Children Pool (saltwater)
5 restaurants / 4 bars
Mini-Club (from 10h to 18h)
Kids playground
Tennis courts

Nightly entertainment
Club house (from 8h to 18h)
Daily activities
Multipurpose sport courts
Massage ($) *
Medical center ($) near the lobby area
Shops ($)
Late Check-Out (6 CUC / per hour)

* You can get very massages at the Hotel Pelicano for very affordable prices. The massage room is located near the lobby. Say Hi to Judy from Lily and Normand!


223 Standard (30 m², floor plan:)
36 Standard Ocean View (30 m²)
36 Family Superior
12 Junior Suites (60 m², floor plan: )
110 / 220 volts
1 King bed or 2 3/4 beds
Air Conditioning
Balcony or terrace
Magnetic card (key)
3 adapted rooms

In-room safe ($)
Mini-fridge with bottled water
Satellite TV
Hair dryer
Iron and ironing board
Baby cribs (on request)
Amenities in the bathroom
Coffee maker (not in STD rooms)
Bathrobe (not in STD rooms)


Entre Mares
Buffet / international cuisine
Breakfast: 7h30 to 10h
Lunch: 13h to 15h
Dinner: 19h to 22h

Los Quelonios
Beach Ranchon
À la carte / Cuban cuisine
Open air
Lunch: 12h30 to 15h30
Dinner (Reservation required): 19h to 22h
Lobster dinner available ($)

La Yana
À la carte / International cuisine
Dinner: 19h to 22h
Reservation required
Lobster dinner available ($)

Zun Zun
Grill and snack bar
Open air, Next to the pool
Hours: 10h to 18h

La Pergola
Open air, Next to the lobby bar
Hours: 12h30 to 17h


El Catey (lobby bar, 24h)
Zun Zun (pool bar, 10h to 18h)
La Pergola (pub bar, 10h to 19h)
Los Quelonios (beach bar, 10h to 18h)

Click to see the Cocktails mneu. Don't forget to try the famous Cuban specialties: The Daiquiri and the Mojito!


• Was named Hotel Gran Caribe Pelicano from 1993 to 2002.
• Was Named Sol Pelicano from 2002 to 2016 (during Melia Management)
• Up to May 2007, the italian tour operator «Bravo Club» had 1/3 the rooms at the Pelicano. Bravo left Cayo Largo to promote a new destination (in Africa).
• « Bravo Club » was replaced by another Italian group called «Venta Club» who also left the island in 2009.
• Presently (2014) it's the Italian group «Press Tours» who now has a contract at Hotel Pelicano, but with fewer rooms. Their main market still remain Canadian tourists.
• The beach ranchón (grill-restaurant) has been rebuilt in 2012.
• Before 2001, the Pelicano was part of what was called «La Isla todo incluido», at that time tourists could eat and drink in all the restaurants and bars of the island. This shared-services policy was abolished after the opening of the Sol Cayo Largo.


• Check-in: 15h / Check-out: 12h
• Rooms are distributed into 18 two and three-story buildings.
• This hotel has a mini-club, a better choice for families than its neighbor, the Sol Cayo Largo.
• There is no gym at this hotel.
• The cost to use the in-room safe is 2 CUC per day payable at the Front Desk upon your arrival.
• Triple rooms are in Blocks: 46, 49, 51, 52, 54, 55, 56 and 57
• Some rooms don't have balconies
• You can find both 110V and 220V sockets in the rooms. It's not common in Cuba to have both current in a hotel-room, this hotel has been built before Melia (European) took charge of managing this hotel in 2002. The 220 Volts sockets have been installed later on.
• Every week there is a special dinner for repeat guests, usually at the beach restaurant (ranchon). You will get an invitation in your room. If you do not receive one, ask the Public Relations staff.

If you wish to rent a car, Jeep or scooter, go to the rental office near the entrance of the hotel and ask for «El Gato» (this is his nickname :-)). Please tell him that Lily & Normand say hello, we know him for quite a long time!

• Since 2007, watersports activities are located at the most beautiful beach in Cayo Largo, Playa Sirena. There is a shuttle from the hotel, ask front desk for schedule.
• Do not bring credit cards issued by American banks, and give your tips in CUC only, no other foreign currencies.
• Internet corner: 10 CUC/hour
• Phone: 1.95 CUC/minute to Canada, 2.30 CUC in USA and 4 CUC in Europe.
• You can exchange your towel for a clean one at the Club House. Do not wait at the end of the day, as the daily number of clean towels is limited. There is a fee of 10 CUC if you lose your beach towel.

IMPORTANT! There are four items you should always leave in your safety deposit box:

» Your passport
» Your Cuban Tourist Card (second half of the visa you filled on the airplane)
» Your flight tickets (it's important to check your flight departure time in the lobby or with your tour operator representative)
» Your valuables (cash, jewerly, etc.)

• It's recommended to always carry with you a photocopy of your passport or any kind of identifications, especially if your leave the hotel's ground. If you book an excursion by plane, you must bring your passport with you (not a photocopy).

• It’s forbidden to take Cubans pesos (CUC or CUP) out of Cuba.

It is important to attend the Tour Operator representative breefing to be informed of the latest development in Cayo Largo. This meeting is usually held the morning after your arrival at the hotel.

Visit our bulletin board (forum) dedicated to Cayo Largo. It's the perfect place to better prepare your next trip, or share your experience with others. Everybody can access the forum, but you have to register if you want to write.

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