Taxi, Jeep, Scooter & Shuttle
To go to the village, the other hotels or to transfer from and to the airport, there is a taxi service in Cayo Largo available 24hrs. Some people prefer to pay a taxi to go to the airport rather than wait for the shuttle bus with all the other sad tourists returning home!
When you buy an excursion, the transfer is always included in the price. It is usually shuttle bus or taxi. It is very important to arrive at the check point 10 minutes before departure time.
If you miss the bus, you will have to pay for a taxi to join the group. Taxis are payable in cash only (CUC not USD, EUR or CAD). It is always suggested to book your taxi in advance, especially to go to the airport.
Shuttle for Playa Sirena, Playa Paraiso and Punta mal Tiempo
The transfer is available everyday. It is free because the nautical center of all the hotels is now located in Playa Sirena. You may ask for a picnic (lunch box) the night before going to the west beaches, at the front desk and claim it before you get on the bus. Use your beach towels to sit on it, the ride is quite bumpy.
Leaving hotels: 8h45, 10h & 11h
Leaving beaches: 13h, 15h & 17h
PLEASE NOTE: When the sandy trail is too rough to reach the west beaches, you will get ther by boat from the marina. The transfert by bus is stil free and it gives you the oppotunity to discover the village.
Transportation from the hotels to the west beaches (made in China!)
To stroll around the island you may rent a Scooter or a Jeep (manual drive only). There is very little traffic in Cayo Largo and only few roads and paths, it is almost impossible to get lost. I stated almost cause some people managed to get lost!
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.
For Jeep rental, you need to provide your driver license. Insurances are included in the price. The first tank of gasoline is included. The price for gasoline is about 1 CUC/liter. You sign a contract that you need to show when you return the Jeep or scooter. Do not discard the contract paper.
If you see Lechugerta and Felix at the rental center of the Olé Playa Blanca hotel, greet them on behalf of Lily and Normand. They work there for many years.
Jeep for rental (Hotel Olé Playa Blanca)
IMPORTANT! You may get a fine if you do not respect road signs and speed limit. The fine is 30 CUC.
Warning: Please note that most the jeeps have non functioning AWD and some can be in a bad overall condition, you should do a road test before going too far, and don't try to ride on soft sand trails (especially at the eastern end of the island)
The use of a security helmet is mandatory. As always, be careful, especially on the sandy road going to Playa Paraiso and Playa Sirena. Please note the rental of scooters may be canceled at any time for a security reason. It happened few years ago after too many injuries. Keep in mind: Better safe than sorry!
It is payable only in cash (CUC) and you must show your passport number (photocopy is ok).
Scooter for rental (Isla del Sur)
Please do not drink and drive.. not even in scooter! Roads in Cayo Largo are dark at night and the sandy trails to west beaches are slippery. Always be careful!
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