Cayo Largo del Sur
This is the most popular destination for naturism in Cuba. The perfect place for a first naturist experience. The remote, secure and natural environment of this island provides a unique sense of freedom which is very appreciated by all naturists: couples, families, singles and newbies.
Cayo Largo is a little Cuban island located at the eastern end of the Canarreos Archipelago, about 80 km (50 mi.) off the southern coast of the main island of Cuba, in the Caribbean Sea. This small limestone island, 28 km (17.4 mi) long by 3 km (1.9 mi.) wide, boast stunning powdery white beaches stretching for almost 20 km (12.4 mi) along the south coast of the island, while the north side is mainly made up of mangroves and salt marshes.
Cayo Largo has no permanent inhabitants, other than birds and iguanas, of course! The Cubans go there to work in the hotels for 20 consecutive days and then return to their homes and families on the big island of Cuba or to "Isla de la Juventud" for 10 days, and so on. Although we visit Cayo Largo only since 1999, we know that naturism on its beaches is a reality of this destination since the early 80s, at the very beginning of its tourism development. The first hotel to open its door in 1982 was the Isla del Sur (now an Italian exclusive club administered by Eden Villagi). The nude beaches of the hotels are generally identified.
Naturist beach areas were always created spontaneously at the ends of the hotel’s beaches and they are clearly identified today. There’s a peaceful coexistence between naturists and non-naturists (textiles). There are also in Cayo Largo several kilometers of virgins and deserted beaches for those who prefer to experience naturism in private.
These long beaches are the delight of those who like taking long walks naked under the sun. At the hotels, loungers and palapas are unfortunately very limited, so during the high season, it’s best to bring a sun umbrella (or beach tent) in case there would not be enough palapas for everyone. And for the same reason, it’s more courteous for non-naturists to leave the designated areas to naturists.
Please note that there are no Clothing Optional beaches at the Italian Clubs in Cayo Largo : Isla del Sur, Villa Cora, Villa Soledad, Villa Lindamar as well as the hotel Villa Marinera which it is located in the village (near the marina). It is important to note that there are no naturist resorts in Cayo Largo (at least for now). Nudism is limited to the beach only!
What are my options in Cayo Largo ?
There are several kilometers of deserted beaches in Cayo Largo.
East beaches : Playa Blanca, Los Coco and Tortuga. These beaches are deserted without services. A good place to "experiment" nudism alone on the beach. However, there are not very wide and may completely disappear during strong winds. If you stay at the hotel Bella Isla Resort, Villa Bellarena or even Villa Iguana, you may reach these areas by walking on the beach. For the other hotels, it is a bit too far on foot, you may opt for a taxi or to rent an ATV.
West beaches : Playa mal Tiempo and Playa Paraiso. You may access these beaches on foot from the hotels Cayo Largo del Sol (formerly Sol Cayo Largo) or Hotel Pelicano (3-4 km), by taxi or by ATV. Punta mal Tiempo is a quiet area where you can enjoy naturism. Recently, they installed few palapas and beach chairs (2 CUC/chair/day), but a bit too close to each other. You may feel uncomfortable, if you are the only one nude on the beach. In Playa Paraiso, there are a lot of palapas and beach chairs (2 CUC/chair/day). Naturists tend to use the ones on the right side (not too close to the bar).
Playa Sirena is not a good option for nudism. There are too many tourists, most of them are from the Italian Clubs I mentioned earlier. Nautical activities are in Playa Sirena since 2007. They used to be at the hotels in Playa Lindarena (hotels beach), but not anymore since the beach may often disappear during strong winds.
Cayo Largo del Sol (formerly Sol Cayo Largo, no longer a Melia hotel)
This hotel is the last one on the west side of the hotel zone (Playa Lindarena), and its nude beach is at the WEST end of the hotel (to the right when facing the sea). From this clothing optional area one can walk naked all the way down to Playa Paraiso (about 3 km). The authorities have installed a sign to clearly delimited the nude area. It’s not recommended to circulate naked on the center and east of the hotel’s beach. Naturists should dress to go to the beach bar and the ranchon (beach restaurant). The Cayo Largo del Sol is considered the best hotel of the destination.
Hotel Pelicano (formerly Sol Pelicano, no longer a Melia hotel)
The nude beach of this hotel is actually (2019) located at the eastern end (to the left when facing sea). For a while, it was located on the other side of the hotel beach. It might return there one day, depending of the beach situation. It happens sometimes that the beach vanishes during strong winds, but not on a regular basis.
Hotel Pelicano is located between the Villa Lindamar (Italian Club) and Cayo Largo del Sol. The length of the clothing optional section stretches for about 200 meters. It starts from the last footbridge (east side) up to the neighbor hotel, the Italian Club Villa Lindamar. Naturists should dress to go to the beach bar (ranchon). A sign indicates the beginning of the naturist area. The hotel Pelicano is considered to be the best ratio quality versus price.
The original Villa Iguana was the second hotel to open in Cayo Largo during the 80s. It was severely damaged by Hurricane Michelle in November 2001 forcing its permanent closure. Since then, it has been completely renovated (2012-2016) and 60 new cabañas (2-storey) were built for the official inauguration in November 2016 (15 years after Michelle!). This is an only adult 3-star hotel with 196 rooms with two restaurants and 3 bars.
Unlike the other hotels, there is no specific area on the beach for naturism at the Villa Iguana. People settle wherever they want as they represent about 3/4 of the people on the beach.
in March 2019, they opened a new pool and bar located east where the beloved Villa Capricho was located. This pool is clothing optional. Great news!
Bella Isla Resort (formerly Iberostar Playa Blanca / Barcelo Cayo Largo) / Villa Bellarena
Years ago, the nude beach was located after the last footbridge on the east side of the hotel. That gave access to kilometers of virgin beaches (Playa Blanca, Los Cocos and Tortuga) where you can walk and swim naked. However, as the beach is quite unstable in this area of Cayo Largo, they decided to move its location to the beach area of the former Villa Capricho. At that point, people are mixed with the customers of the neighbor hotel, Villa Iguana. It is the same situation for the Villa Bellarena customers. You have to dress up to go to the beach bar. Recently, the hotel has built a very nice bar where you can enjoy beer and cocktails with a great view of the beach. Note that Villa Bellarena is for adult only.
The catamaran day-trip excursion is very popular at Cayo Largo. At the marina, they have different boats including a small one that fits perfectly for a small group of about 10 people. If you are a bigger group, you may book the large catamaran. During this excursion, you will enjoy snorkeling and swimming nude in the sea including a lunch and drinks (beer, rum and soft drinks). The boat will not get close to the other ones, for a privacy matter. You have to get dressed while departure, arrivals and during the visit of Cayo Iguana.
As soon as you arrive at Cayo Largo, inform your Tour Operator representative (or local tour operator) about your group. You may also ask people on the beach to join your group. It is always a pleasant day that you will always remember.
If you plan to venture far away from the hotel zone to explore the virgin beaches, it’s important to bring along a good supply of water, sunscreen, sandals or water shoes, hat or cap and a sarong to cover yourself, because under a blazing sun the risk of sunburn is great especially on areas that are not used to being exposed! Be careful that your vacation doesn’t turn into a nightmare!
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any recent information (or comments) about naturism in Cuba.
IMPORTANT! Read about the Naturism Etiquette in Cuba.
To learn more about hotels, beaches, excursions and activities, visit our general website dedicated to Cayo Largo, online since 2000 : http://www.cayolargo.net/
Lily & Normand