Cayo Levisa is an island off the north-west coast of Cuba’s Pinar del Rio province. If you are staying in Viñales it is about a 45 minute drive to get to the ferry and then a 3 kilometre distance by boat. In Cayo Levisa you will find 4 kilometres of beach and not much more besides Hotel Cayo Levisa, a couple of appetizing restaurants, palm trees and a mangrove. The island of Cayo Levisa is a hidden gem. It has few tourists and is the perfect place for a beach day trip for some sun, swimming and relaxation. The ferry runs daily at 10 am and 6 pm (out of Cayo Levisa at 9 am and 5 pm) and the boat transfers are paid for in local currency.
If you want to relax, there are umbrellas made from the Cuban Royal Palm Tree with lounges underneath along the coastline. A waiter or waitress from the hotel will come down to the beach and ask if you would like anything to drink or you can walk to the restaurant bar and enjoy some shade. While I stayed at the beach lounging and getting a tan, my fiancé decided to go snorkeling. The hotel on the island offers a snorkeling excursion for 18 CUC where they take you out in a small boat and drop you off for about an hour to swim with many colourful fish, spot coral and sponges. The snorkeling starts at 11:30am from the hotel. We arrived to Cayo Levisa around 10:30 which was perfect timing to register and get ready to snorkel. If you do not want to do a professional snorkeling experience, a person will come around with snorkel gear on the beach. Renting the gear will cost 5 CUC.
snorkeling in Cayo Levisa