Day 10. 29/10. Cayo Coco, Cayo Guillermo
What a day this one… It turned out to be the best day of our trip but let me tell you from the beginning:
When we got up the next morning it was like waking up in Paradise. The crystal clear water stretched out in front of us, starting just a couple of meters from our tent. After a refreshing quick morning swim in our paradisal bay our perfect start into the day was interrupted, in form of the most annoying tourist ever, Heinz. Heinz offered us a coup of coffee which he would bring from his all-inclusive nearby hotel and i was stupid enough to accept. Our punishment were 40 minutes of monologue: how rich he is here in Cuba, how luxurious he living is, how lucky his (cuban) wife is etc. etc.
Just about when I couldn’t take it anymore he luckily walked off and we went for a snorkeling excursion into the shallow waters. Around midday we broke down our tent and went to a nearby hotel to wash ourselves and to catch a bus to nearby Cayo Guillermo. I don’t want to bore you with all the details of how we got there, we ended up hitchhiking a construction site’s bus and learned to know under which conditions the simple, cuban workers live on the Islands: In small settlements where around 200 people live in tiny dormitories . (also they don’t have the right to go to the touristic spots and beaches!)
Cayo Guillermo seemed even more touristic then Cayo Coco and, after some 3 hours of hitchhiking, walking and looking for a nice spot to camp at we had to accept that there seemingly is no such thing as a remote beach. Turns out though that almost every hotel on Cayo Guillermo has a passarella (a small wooden pier which leads into the sea and usually has some small huts on it), so we decide to sleep on the of one of the hotels’ piers, hoping not to be discovered by the hotel security. When until midnight still no security had shown up and I felt saver and saver in our small romantic spot, 200 meters from the beach and literally ON the water I decided to give my tourist looks a try and find ourselves something to drink in the hotel. I put on some long sleeves to hide the fact that I don’t have one of these all-inclusive bracelets that are being handed out in hotels and headed for the pool bar. It was only then when I noticed that we had picked to most exclusive hotel on all of Cayo Guillermo, the Mélia is a 5-star all-inclusive spa hotel where I night costs around 250 Euros. The friendly cocktail waiter at the pool bar took me for one of the hotel guests and my ___ was rewarded with 3 mojitos and 3 margaritas. That being only the first of many rounds on the house (the last one consisted in a bottle of champagne!!) you can imagine we had a fun night on our romantic camping spot.
Thanks Melia Cayo Guillermo!