15 ago 2013

Playa Pilar

It is just the kind of beach you expect in the Caribbean: white sand, blue water, palmtrees... Being the most famous beach in Cayo Coco (although in fact it is in the neighbour island, Cayo Guillermo), it is full of people, but only in the central part, where the bus stops and most beach bars are located. Out from that point, there is a deserted beach, very long on both directions, where you can forget about the huge all-included hotels just a few kilometers from there.

Update 2019: It seems that a new hotel has been built in this area and nudism is no longer possible

Last visited: may 2009

Nude beach Playa Pilar (Cayo Coco, Cuba)

Nude beach Playa Pilar (Cayo Coco, Cuba)

How to get there
Staying in one of the hotels in Cayo Coco or Cayo Guillermo, there are buses and a little tourist train that takes you to the main beaches, stopping of course in Playa Pilar.
By car, you only need to follow the road to the west, cross the bridge to Cayo Guillermo, and continue until you reach the end of the island. You can leave the car in a small unpaved parking place and take a path through the dunes to the west end of Playa Pilar.

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The beach
It is difficult to imagine such a white and fine sand that glows under the sun. Combined with the greenish blue water, it makes the perfect caribean picture.
The beach is not very wide from the shore to the forest of palm trees on its back. Apart from the main touristic area, the sand is full of branches and leaves. Even if this breaks the perfect picture, it is an indication of the semi-virgin condition of this beach. To the east, the beach continues after a rocky area, but it changes its name. 

Everything you can expect in a tourist beach, from beach bars to sunbeds, but only in the central area. Nothing in the rest of the beach. Fortunately for those who like natural beaches, most of it is untouched.

First of all, I want to clarify this: it is not allowed. At least, officially... However, when I went there my first image of Playa Pilar was a woman walking nude along the beach. As soon as she spotted me, she put her clothes on and dissapear (I assume it was because nudism is officially forbidden), before I have time to ask if that was a nudist area. On the next day I also saw a pair of topless women (not forbidden, but very unusual in Cuba), and when I was alone in the beach, I adventure to undress and swim nude in the sea. I can't say that nudism is OK here, but in the end of the beach, with no people around, it seems possible to me. In fact, apart from a few official nude beaches, I couldn't find any other place in Cuba to sunbathe in the nude.

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I like:
  • The sand, the sea, the palm trees...
  • A natural beach next to large resorts
I don't like:
  • The risk of getting into trouble just for being nude in the beach

About the Author

Nat Biss

Author & Editor

I have dedicated most of my free time in the last years to discover the world, and beaches offer some of the most stunning landscapes on Earth. The next step was to enjoy them as naturally as possible, which obviously mean without clothes. Now I think it is time for me to share this liberating experience and try to help others to discover it.

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