To go to Cayo Jutias you will have to stay overnight in Viñales.
Viñales is a small town where you can enjoy a wide range of excursions. It is very touristy, there are more tourists than Cubans for its streets and the prices of its restaurants are noticed.
It is surrounded by a valley that you can not miss and its tourist offer is wide, you can ride horses, rent motorcycles, visit the Levisa and Jutías Keys, the Valley of the Sugar Mills …
It also has a wide range of houses to stay. When you arrive in the viazul or private car you can see that it has entire streets with the currency to accommodate tourists.
When the bus stops in the square and you get off you see yourself surrounded by people who offer houses to stay. Some tourists go to the adventure and take it right there, I prefer to take it online and know where I’m going to stay.
Theirs is, as soon as you arrive, taking advantage of the fact that the bus leaves you in the square, go to the travel agency that is right in front of you and hire the trip so you do not run out of seats.
When it was us, the idea was to go to Cayo Levisa, but just the couple that we had sitting in front took the last places.
Which suited us very well because thanks to that we were able to know Cayo Jutías. Why do I say this?
Because for what we were able to report later, the beaches are the same, the difference is that you go to Cayo Levisa in a tourist bus and to Cayo Jutías, you go in a car, in our old case, chatting with the driver and living the experience Cuban, apart from being cheaper.
I imagine that the difference of the transport is that the road to go to Cayo Jutía is not very good, it is full of potholes and the car can not run very much since it has to be dodging them with care.
This means that Jutías is less crowded than Cayo Levisa, since it has a better road and buses can go.
The tour left us for 15 cuc per person in September, which is low season, I do not know how long it can be in high season.
The excursions leave early, around 8 in the morning and they pick you up at around 4 in the afternoon to return.
The driver, Adrián, picked us up at the door of the house in a Ford Galaxie Fairlane 500 from 1959.
I leave your card in case you want to stay with him.
According to Adrián, this car arrived in Havana in the year that the Revolution triumphed, in the year 1959, on a ship. The ship wanted to turn around when realizing that the regime had changed, but Fidel kept it and kept all the cars that came in it. These models, specifically, were used by the Cuban police, since they counted on being the fastest cars there were. With the passage of time, Adrián’s grandfather bought it and fixed it to use it for tourist purposes.
The truth is that to go in a car of these, with so much history, and to listen to the anecdotes that Adrián was telling, in a trip that lasted 1 hour approximately compensated us. The trip was short.
The car leaves you next to a ranchón in case you want to have something or eat before or after starting the route.
Cayo Jutías is a coral island that has an area of about 4 km2. This key is linked to the island by a pedraplén, so you do not have to take a boat to get there.
Once you get to the key you are impressed by those quiet beaches with crystal clear waters, barely without waves and with little depth. You can walk quite far without problems and it is not as crowded as that of Cayo Levisa.
We went on a Tuesday, I do not know how it will be on the weekend.
Adrián recommended us to go west, to the left. At the end there is a very beautiful beach where you can see starfish. We could not get there, you have to walk a lot and the water, which makes it slower.
We walk more than 45 minutes stopping from time to time to enjoy the scenery and take a dip, but we do not reach the starfish zone. Every once in a while a motorboat would pass by, which I think would take the tourist directly to see them, I do not know how much it could cost.
In the end we gave up and we prepared to enjoy that landscape and its turquoise waters.
You can go through the sand for a while, but the vegetation is very leafy and there is a mangrove in which if you go inside, the gnats (mosquitoes) melt you with pecks. In a short time you can see yourself surrounded by hundreds of them, it does not matter if it’s daytime. At first you do not pay much attention to them, they sting you and you do not know, the bad thing is the next day, your body full of pecks everywhere and an unbearable itch.
If we had known we would have taken Relex to enjoy more of the mangrove that is still something beautiful and worthwhile. In it you could see, apart from the gnats, hundreds of small crabs.
Theirs is to go for the water enjoying the landscape, with a bottle of water if possible so as not to dehydrate, and to stand on a deserted beach to take a dip.
Back to the ranchón we had a few beers, some natural juices of mango, pineapple, banana … which one more good, and some water coconut to hydrate us.
There we spent several hours, drinking, eating, listening to music and enjoying the beach until Adrián returned to pick us up.
I think that from 5 o’clock in the afternoon the people start to go, I do not know if because when the night approaches the gullies of the mangrove come out and I do not even want to imagine who they catch.