|North & Eastern sectors of Cayo Largo
The best way to discover the hidden parts of Cayo Largo is to rent a scooter or jeep. Please note that there is only one paved road connecting the hotels (south) to the village (northwest), but in the middle of the island there are also a few other small paths.
One of this path goes to the magnificent beaches at the West end of the island (Punta mal Tiempo, Playa Paraiso and Playa Sirena). When travelling North or East you could discover the following places ...
Playa Luna - virgin beach with some Mangrove
Playa Luna, a virgin beach on the northwest of the island. This is the place of the former piggery that closed its door in 2013. We used to visit the workers every time we go to Cayo Largo. These people did not see people often! At the intersection, there is a small fire house and a power plant (generators completely renovated in 2008). A bit nosy but far from the hotels. This is the same road going to Playa Luna. This is a virgin beach. Do not expect much about this beach. The western beaches are a lot better!
The road to the virgin beaches. The road which is behind the hotel zone continues eastward in a path which goes all the way to the tip of the island.
You will pass by the huge communication tower (at Playa Blanca), and then you can drive (or ride) for another 20-30 minute up to a big sign which says: « No jeep-No Dune Buggy-No scooter ».
You can then continue by foot on the path (soft sand) or by the beach (easier). There the island is quite narrow (~1 km), so you will be able to catch a glimpse of the north side with its lush vegetation, nice mangrove and beautiful lagoons.
If you enjoy walking you can try to reach Playa Los Cocos and Playa Tortugas, the last beaches on the east side. It's about a 2½-3 hour walk after the "No Jeep" sign. On these virgin beaches, you can really enjoy the unique feeling of being all alone in the world!
North of Playa Los Cocos and Tortuga, there is a nice pine forest and ruins of an old house now the home of termites. This place gives natural shade, BUT you have to be a good runner because mosquitos are very aggressive.
Good or bad .. nothing changes in Cayo Largo!
Road towards east of island. Here around Playa Los Cocos
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