|How to get around
Taxis are available at anytime (24/7), you can usually find them in front of each hotel, at the airport, and near the marina at the pueblo (workers village). Given the limited number of taxis you may sometime have to wait a long time to get one during high season. We suggest asking the hotel's receptionist to call one for you. For a transfer to the Cayo Largo Airport, it's suggested to reserve at least 24 hours in advance.
Note that taxis are usually a car or jeep but some buses and mini-buses also offer taxi service. Typical cost is 2 CUC one-way per person to anywhere in Cayo Largo (pueblo, marina, Turtle Farm, Playa Sirena, Playa Paraiso...). If you have luggage it's usually 2 CUC more; for example: a transfer from the airport to a hotel usually costs 6 CUC for 2 people with luggage.
SHUTTLE TO PLAYA SIRENA
Since November 2015, the shuttle from the hotels to Playa Sirena (a beach at the west end of Cayo largo) is no longer free. It now costs 5 CUC per person round-trip and it includes a bus ride to the marina and then a boat ride to Playa Sirena. There's 3 shuttle daily. Another option is by taxi (2 CUC per person each way).
THE LITTLE TRAIN (Trencito)
Since July 2015, the direct land transportation (little train) that was going to Punta Mal Tiempo, Playa Paraiso and Playa Sirena has been discontinued. A taxi to Playa Paraiso and Punta mal Tiempo is 2 CUC one-way per person, or, you can take the Bus+Boat Shuttle to Playa Sirena and then walk back to Playa Paraiso or Punta Mal Tiempo.
To explore Cayo Largo on your own you may rent a Jeep for a few hours or a full day. See prices at the top of the right column. They have a manual transmission and most of them have a 4WD option, but it doesn't always work. Some are recent, others are old and in a bad overall condition. We suggest doing a little road test before venturing to far.
To rent a jeep or car you need to show your driver's license (from your home country) and your passport (a photocopy is usually sufficient). There's no gas station in Cayo Largo so all rented vehicule comes with gasoline that you have to prepay. Insurance is mandatory and included in the price. There are four rental centers in Cayo Largo (opens from 9h to 17h). Credit cards are no longer accepted for Jeep rental in Cayo Largo, cash (CUC) only.
If you see Lechugerta or Felix at the rental center of Hotel Playa Blanca, please tell them that Lily and Normand say hello! They work there for so many years.
There is very little traffic in Cayo Largo and only one main road (paved) and a few other paths (compacted sand and rock), it's almost impossible to get lost!
Jeeps for rental
See prices at the top of the right column (cash only, no credit cards). To rent a scooter you need only your passport (a photocopy is usually OK). Helmets are provided and mandatory, and gasoline has to be prepaid. Pay attention when riding on sandy or rocky roads, you may encounter large potholes, rocks, or slippery conditions.
Scooter for rental
Do not drive drunk!, not even a bicycle. Cuba has a zero tolerance policy and in the case of an accident, if alcohol is detected in your blood, you are likely to be presumed guilty. Always be careful!
IMPORTANT! You can get a 30 CUC fine if you don't respect theroad signs and speed limit. The roads are very dark at night. The sandy trails are slippery. Don't try to drive on soft-sand trails, like the ones found on the eastern side fo the island (pass the big antenna tower).
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