Cayo Levisa or Cayo Jutia (Pinar del Rio)
Replies: 6 - Last Post: Aug 24, 2013 6:29 AM Last Post By: frominsideCuba
Aug 19, 2013 8:23 AM
Aug 20, 2013 4:42 AM
1There are no accomodations at or near Cayo Juitas. Most people who go there make a day trip from Vinales.
There is a hotel on Cayo Levisa. Since it is off shore and reached by boat most people who go to Cayo Levisa stay there. There may be casa particulares in some of the small towns along the road, but unless you have your own car that is not really practical.
Cayo Levisa is a better beach than Juitas. If you are going to do this I would stay at the hotel on Cayo Levisa.
Aug 20, 2013 7:32 AM
Aug 20, 2013 6:25 PM
3Actually, it's easy to make a day trip to Cayo Levisa, too. A Cubanacan bus leaves from the station there across the street from the main square around 8 AM, gets you to the ferry terminal in Playa Rubia around 9 AM, you board the ferry a little before 10 and are on the beach before 11 AM. The return ferry leaves at 5 PM, gets back to the mainland by 6 PM, and the bus has you back in Vinales by dark. The price is a very reasonable 30 CUC, this including the bus, ferry ride, and a light lunch. If you can get reservations, they will run around 90 CUC/night (not sure exactly, but you can find out on the Cayo Levisa website.) Some of the duplex cottagess are directly on the beach and some are in newer 4-plexes set back from the beach about 200 metres. I don't think you can choose which you get when you book, but have heard that they will give you a choice when you get there if there is space available in the type of unit you prefer. Both are quite nice. It's possible that if you have reservations to stay on the island that the ferry fare is included in the price. I know meals are, but am not sure about the ferry.
If you drive to Playa Rubia, you can, as I did, stay in the one casa right there about 500 metres from the ferry terminal for 25 CUC, plus 8 or 9 CUC for breakfast and dinner. If you do that, I think round trip ferry fare is 25 CUC.
Personally I think the beaches at Cayo Levisa and Cayo Juitas are virtually interchangable. There is an open-air bar/restaurant each place, and a place to rent water toys and beach umbrellas (no shade other than that.) Both usually have a fair number of sunbathers right in front of the restaurant and rental shop, but walk 200 metres in either direction and you'll be pretty much alone. Neither beach is good for snorkelling because they're just pure white sand with a few patches of sea grass, thus nothing much of interest to see. However, Cayo Levisa has a dive boat that takes people to places that are said to be great for snorkelling and scuba, and Cayo Juitas has a boat that you can hire to take you a km or so away (also walkable if you're a good beach hiker) to a beach with a zillion starfish.
Aug 22, 2013 2:25 AM
4Thx a lot!
One more question, is is possible to take the boat to Levisia and Juitas any time you want, or is there a fixed times/schedule? Also for the way back?
As far as I have the planning now, i would like to take a taxi boat/ferry in the afternoon and if it is Levisa where we go to.. stay for 2 nights.
Or it might be more interesting to do two day trips, one to Levisa, one to Juitas... probably in the evening there is not that much to do? and in Vinales (or staying at Playa Rubia-casa 500m from the ferry as you mention) you can go to a bar or something else (also at Playa Rubia?) ? I read that at the islands there are probably no locals?
Thx again, Liesbeth
Aug 22, 2013 5:47 PM
5You don't need a boat to get to Cayo Juitas because it is connected to the mainland by a 2-km-long causeway, which has a toll of a few CUC--can't remember how much.
There is a definite ferry schedule for Cayo Levisa, but I'm not sure what it is. Try checking the Villa Levisa website or www.cubacasas.net Or maybe another poster knows?
The only Cubans on either island are those who work there; there are no Cuban communities. I have heard that on Saturday night, Villa Levisa does a barebeque supper on the beach and has live music by a local band, but I have never been there when it was happening.
If you have any intention of staying at Villa Levisa you need to make reservations as early as possible, because it's almost always full. If you try to do that on line and are told "no vacancy", try again when you get to Havana (at any Cubanacan office or tour desk in a big hotel), and if you still get no results, try again in Vinales.
If you stay at the casa on the mainland, the one near the ferry terminal, this is a farm, a rural area. Nothing nearby except, on one side a government banana plantation and on the other side, just down the road, the ferry terminal.
Aug 24, 2013 6:29 AM
6Just in case do not get the impression that you will have plenty of choices nearby Palma Rubia (re: inland dock to catch Ferry to Cayo Levisa). There are a handful of houses nearby and only a couple renting (decent) rooms. There is nothing to do in that area except from being close to such port.
Minibus joining Viñales to Levisa daily (for day tours) does not have a fixed scheduled on low season you may end up needing a taxi to go there anyway. For money that will cost you going to CL round trip, ferry, day pass etc I would rather spend it going to CJ.
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