Welcome to Marea del Portillo
The problem for independent travelers is getting here. There is no regular public transport, which means that you may, for the first time, have to take a long distance taxi or brave sporadic truck transport. Another issue for beach lovers is the sand, which is of a light gray color and may disappoint those more attuned to the brilliant whites of Cayo Coco.
The resorts themselves are affordable and well-maintained but isolated; the nearest town of any size is lackluster Manzanillo 100km to the north. Real rustic Cuba, however, is right outside the hotel gates.