Cayo Guillermo

Ciego de Avila  >  Cuba

Cayo Guillermo is maybe the spot for shorebirds in Cuba, that is easily accessible but still offers huge numbers of birds and surprising rarities.

Added* by Paul Poletajew
Most recent update 28 February 2022


At Cayo Guillermo every little lagoon, every mudflat, every sandy inlet can contain something beautiful. Every 50m you can stop and search for plovers, sandpipers, waders and other birds.



Best experienced by car. The Cayo is very long and the distance from accommodation that is not the hotels is very far. But when you stay in one of the hotels and can rent a bike it is also possible. The only problem is the exposure to the sun and the mosquitos.

Terrain and Habitat

Wetland , Plain , Beach , Mud flats , Sea , Dunes


Flat , Sandy , Wet , No shadow , Open landscape

Circular trail


Is a telescope useful?


Good birding season

All year round

Best time to visit

Spring migration , Autumn migration


Paved road , Narrow trail

Difficulty walking trail


Accessible by

Bicycle , Car

Birdwatching hide / platform


Extra info

The beach at Playa Pilar is a very good place to spend the hottest hours mid-day.

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