Cayo Largo is an island in the Antilles, cuban island, located in the extreme east of the Canarreos Archipelago. This small limestone island is 177km south from La Havana. It is also known as Cayo Largo del Sur and has 28 km long by more or less 3 km wide in its widest part. Tourists are attracted by its beaches of exceptional beauty and scuba diving sites. The beaches are almost all concentrated in the southern part of the island while there are only swamps and mangroves in the north. There is no inhabitant standing on the island. Local workers work mainly in hotels for a period of 20 consecutive days before returning home on another island (mainly on La Juventud Island) for a 10-day break. In November 2001, the island was entirely submerged by storm associated with Hurricane Michelle.
The all inclusive formula lets you enjoy several activities such as kayaking, equipment for apnea, pedalo, the scuba diving in the pool, etc. Of course there are also other activities that you need to pay. The nautical club of the hotels is Sirena Beach and the hotels include the transport to get there.
Some hotels also offer the use of a bike one hour a day, others have a net of volleyball on their beaches, others have free tennis courts for one hour per day.
Activities such as courses of basic Spanish and Latin dance are also possible.
Gold Rock Beach, considered one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, is part of The Lucayan National Park and is protected by the Bahamas National Trust. It’s about 25 miles from Freeport. It is a secluded beach with fine sand and crystal water. It’s said the beach has its name because the shore looks golden in the rising and setting sun. When the tide is low, the shoreline of the beach spans for meters into the sea. There are BBQ pits, picnic tables and benches there, but no other amenities. The services are in the parking area. You can also snorkel or take a tour to make a kayak excursion. You can find the Lucayan Caverns, the world’s longest surveyed underground cave system, on the North of the beach. You must pay a fee to enter the park and you can park in a small gravel area and you will have to cross the street and take the left path to arrive to the beach (about 5 minutes walk).
You can go there on a jeep excursion, by taxi or you can rent a car. Remember they drive on the left. You must take Grand Bahama Highway East. It’ll take about 45 minutes from the city or about an hour from the cruise pier.
You must take everything you want with you snacks, drinks, chairs, etc. Remember there’s nothing on the beach but if you are lucky, you can sometimes find somebody selling drinks at the entrance of the park.