This is one of the most spectacular beaches in the Caribbean! This pristine beach is located at the north-western end of the island of Cayo Guillermo, see interactive map at the bottom of the page. In front of Playa Pilar you can see Cayo Media Luna, a small virgin key about 2 km off-shore. Playa Pilar is about 1 km long and is facing north. It’s made of powdery white sand, and Its shallow and calm waters are perfect for swimming and water sports.
Many services are found in Playa Pilar:
- A Ranchon type restaurant (Beach Bar & Grill) where you can enjoy a cold beer or cocktail, and a delicious lunch at an affordable price. Click for more information about the Ranchon Playa Pilar.
- A beach bar called Coco Loco where they serve all-kinds of cocktails including the “Saoco” (served inside a green coconut, it’s a refreshing campesimo drink made of coconut water, squeeze of lime, rum, and ice.).
- For rent: Lounge chairs (2 CUC/day), sunbeds (10 CUC/day including 3 drinks), and palapas. Note that there’s no natural shade at Playa Pilar.
- A water sports center where you can rent many types of equipment. The nautical center on Playa Pilar offers a snorkeling excursion to Cayo Media Luna for 25 Cuc per person, equipment included.
- A lookout tower.
- Showers and bathrooms
Many services have been added in recent years and the access has been improved since our first visit in 2004. There’s now a 130-meter-long footbridge from the parking area to the beach, making the access easier for people with restricted mobility.
Click to view our Gallery of Playa Pilar.
Contact Info - Playa Pilar
Managed by: Grupo Extrahotelero Palmares S.A.
Nautical center managed by Nautica Marlin
Address: Cayo Guillermo, Jardines del Rey, Ciego de Avila, Cuba
How to get there
It’s within walking distance from the hotel Iberostar Playa Pilar (about 1 km). If you are staying in another hotel, you can go with a rented car or scooter, hire a taxi, or take the panoramic bus called Jardines del Rey Bus Tour. Playa Pilar is the last stop of the panoramic bus, ticket is 5 CUC roundtrip. Also, many organized tours go to Playa Pilar, see the Excursions section.
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