We went here last summer, our second Sol Cayo Largo visit plus the 2nd time we went for a summer caribbean getaway. We decided to post this late 2nd review for those who are researching Sol Cayo Largo as a summer destination for this year. This is just a quick over-view of what to expect in the summer, basically a run-down of what we found that differed from our first visit the prior February.
When we vacation, we look for a Caribbean tropical atmosphere of remoteness & ruggedness, quiet secluded uncrowded beaches and beautiful tropical gardens that contribute to a "Robinson Crusoe" destination. We also appreciate good food, lush & stunning surroundings and attentive staff. Sol Cayo Largo, other than the "lushness", meets these items on our list, but in a much more rustic, unhurried, leisurely fashion than the other resorts we've been to.
What can we say that could add to our first relaxing "laid-back beach" experience at Sol Cayo Largo, except to say that our 2nd visit was just as "easy-going"! Once again, we definitely wanted to enjoy the spectacular Cayo Largo vistas that we loved so much on our first visit, so we booked that type of room and "paid the piper" to guarantee this right up front. We ended up situated in the quiet and private western location requested, and had the exact same oceanview (one room over) off our balcony that we fell in love with the last time. The management were extremely gracious during our time there and we were very well treated by the "Sol Melia" trained professional and courteous staff. We also were invited to meet with the Especialista Comercial/Sales Assistant of the Sol Cayo Largo/Sol Pelicano a couple of days before departure. She wanted to to discuss our insights and it was a great pleasure to have had the opportunity to share some of our personal impressions about the resort. We hadn't expected one, but she told us that there had been a mix-up regarding an invitation to the 'repeat guest' dinner. So instead, she ensured our ability to have a late 6:00pm check-out on our last day, as our flight home wasn't scheduled until around 9:30pm.
Prior to leaving, we had read some negative opinions regarding the AC and plumbing. Fortunately, though, we had no problems with either in our room. The AirConditioning was extremely excellent and very much needed, due to the "hot, hot, hot" temperatures and humidity. Unfortunately, and this is just a "head's up" for those contemplating a summer visit, there is only one air-conditioned room (fair-size ~ perhaps 20 tables) beside the buffet, the restaurant Las Trinas (a la carte) and one bar/pub games room that has AC. The rest of the resort is open air, and your only relief to the heat are those options, plus your room.
Plus (again, just a "head's up!), those options are also your only relief (at night) from the mosquitos that inhabit this tiny island at this time of year. We (and the rest of our plane-mates) were definitely unprepared by not having any type of repellant in our carry-on when we arrived and exited the airplane in the early evening. The mosquito squads were "on stand-by" and anxiously awaiting our arrival! From the moment we all dis-embarked, walked the tarmac, lined up for customs, gathered luggage and loaded onto busses ~ the only thing that was heard was the constant sound of hundreds hands "clapping and slapping" on exposed and open fresh flesh! LOL… what we would have given for a small amount of "Deep Wood's Off"! There was only one couple, using a repellant immediately, who had no problems whatsoever. So come prepared.
Another inhabitant on Cayo Largo that a visiting guest should be aware of are the many hundreds of various sized land crabs that live in the shade under the buildings and rocks during the day at the resort. At night, they quite enjoy roaming the gardens and pathways, and in the dark as you wander those very same concrete pathways the "click, click, clicking" sound of the crabs scrambling out of your way, is just too exciting to be experienced or put into words!
The ocean was unpredictable during our week there. Each day was different, large overwhelming waves one day ~ smaller fun waves on another ~ and mirror-like calm on the next! One thing that was constant was the temperature ~ it felt like it was somewhere close to 85°F, but could have been closer to 90°F. The weather forecast had called for rain everyday that week, but we only experienced one rainfall on the day that the sea was as calm as a pool. We stayed in the water during most of that morning, including the half-hour of drizzle, along with another guest who was swimming from the far east of the Pelicano resort all the way to where we were on the far west of the Sol (and back again). That morning also brought some various wild-life ~ a number of what looked like large barracuda feeding on a whole school of some smaller-type of fish (jumping out of the water now & then!) that attracted the attention of not only seagulls, royal terns and kingfishers ~ but also a flock of Pelicans who flew from one end of Playa Lindemar to the other, back and forth, diving once in awhile into the crystal clear smooth surface of the ocean, but mostly just skimming the surface, merely a foot or two, right above our heads! An amazingly astounding experience!
Another creature to invade Cayo Largo during the summer months, although we never did see them ~ turtles! We only found out about this, quite by accident during our stay. We had a favourite spot (palapa) at the most western end, just off the property of the Sol beach. We don't like playing the towel game, so we would go early to breakfast and then head immediately out to the beach where we spent our whole day. Near the end of our week, we arrived to our palapa to find it completely tipped over and this one huge (what looked like) tractor-tire tract, trailing from the water's edge (about 40-50'). Plus, a huge hole at what had been the base of our palapa. It was then, that we realized what had happened! A mother turtle came onto the beach to dig and bury her eggs! It looked like she had been unsuccessful, or had been scared away, in laying her eggs ~ as the hole was totally wide open and about 18-24" deep ~ or perhaps she had hit the limestone base of the island. So, we ended up leaving that area, going a bit further to find another spot ~ and another more industrious couple later in the morning, replanted the palapa for themselves using large rocks of limestone to help steady the base. Hopefully, there really wasn't any eggs buried!
In a nutshell ~ Sol Cayo Largo is for people who can be comfortable in whatever situation you find yourself in. The pace here is unhurried and if you are undemanding, you will have a very pleasant time ~ then you will truly "get it" ~ it is so hard to put into adequate words. The unbelievable wild-life sharing this island environment with the people who visit are vast and varied. The remote & ruggedly beautiful beaches on Cayo Largo are the main reason to visit. It is essentially for beach and nature lovers who are more than happy to spend their week in the environment of sun, sand, surf and wild-life.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in Cayo Largo del Sur, in the middle of the Caribbean Sea. All Inclusive Four-Star resort with 296 rooms. Ideal for enjoying its pristine environment and for exploring its idyllic landscape and crystal-clear ocean bottom. The resort faces 600 meters of beach renowned for its perennially cool white-sand. Recommended for couples, weddings, honeymoons and groups.Guest Rooms296 rooms: 244 Standard, 34 Standard Ocean View, 10 Standard Superior Ocean View, 8 Junior SuiteDining3 Restaurants (A la Carta, Buffet, A la carte and mini-buffet), 1 Cafeterias, 3 Bars ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sol Cayo Largo Hotel Cayo Largo
- Sol Hotel Cayo Largo
- Cayo Largo Cuba
- Cayo Largo Sol Hotel
- Sol Club Cayo Largo