White sand beach, mangrove, coral reef… Cayo Jutías sets its postcard decor in the Gulf of Mexico, off the west coast of Cuba.
On the agenda? Snorkeling, diving, kayaking and sunbathing! Get out the sun cream.
Cayo Jutías in a few words
Off the coast of the province of Pinar del Rio, Cayo Jutias is one of the small islands that form the archipelago of Colorados (archipiélago de los Colorados in Spanish).
Big of only 4 km2, Cayo Jutias is still uninhabited, and it is there its great asset! Here, the beach has been preserved from the big tourist complexes that have sprung up everywhere in Varadero, in the Jardines del Rey archipelago and in the Province of Holguin.
You will only find a restaurant open from 10 am to 5:30 pm and a diving center.
However, unlike Cayo Levisa, Cayo Jutías is connected to the main island by a pedraplén, a road that passes over the sea.
Cayo Jutías is therefore easier to access, but be warned, in summer, its beaches are taken by storm!
How to get to Cayo Jutías
Cayo Jutías is located about 55 km northwest of Viñales.
If you have rented a car, you can go directly to the island by taking the pedraplén.
Before leaving for Cuba, remember to download the maps of the region on your phone so that you can access them offline.
Otherwise, bring a road map.
You can get a perfect one for a road trip in Cuba here: road map of Cuba
Waze is not available on Cuban soil! If you don’t have a car, you can ask at the Cubanacan agency in Viñales.
You can book a day trip for 22 CUC per person.
It is also possible to take a cab from Viñales and back during the day.
What to do in Cayo Jutías?
Snorkeling, diving & aquatic activities
The coral reef stretches about 100 meters off the beach and the surroundings of Cayo Jutias have 7 diving sites! It is therefore the ideal playground for diving and snorkeling enthusiasts.
On site, a diving center offers equipment rental and organizes boat trips (10-25 CUC) as well as snorkeling (12 CUC) and diving excursions (from 37 CUC).
Single and double kayaks and pedal boats are also available for rent (1 CUC/hour).
Stroll in the mangrove
The 4 km2 of Cayo Jutías are covered with 80% of mangrove and crossed by natural channels.
It is the perfect place to take shelter from the burning sun at the hottest hours of the day and to make a
Cayo Jutias is a metallic structure The island shelters some crocodiles, keep your eyes wide open.
La Playa de las Estrellas
La Playa de las Estrellas is unusual to say the least: a colony of orange starfish has taken up residence there! So, draw your masks and snorkels and don’t miss this unusual experience!
Cayo Jutías lighthouse
Built by the Americans in 1902 at the end of the Spanish-American war, the lighthouse
Where to stay in Cayo Jutías
Cayo Jutías is uninhabited and you will not find a hotel on the spot.
The most adventurous ones will be able to reserve a tent and camping equipment at the nautical center to spend the night on the beach.
Don’t worry, crocodiles don’t venture there! However, remember to bring something to eat because the restaurant on site closes at 5:30 p.m.
If you are not a camper, we recommend you to stay in Viñales.