The island of Cayo Guillermo has an area of 13.2 square km or 5 square miles, one of the smallest in the Jardines del Rey Archipelago after its neighbors Cayo Coco (the second largest) and Cayo Romano with its 465 km2. They are part of a group of numerous islands on Cuba’s north coast called Jardines del Rey or in English, The King’s Gardens.
About 20km from Cuba’s north coast, in the Atlantic Ocean, the whole archipelago where Cayo Guillermo is located includes over 2,500 islands and islets spanning the two provinces of Ciego de Avila and Camaguey.
The Jardines del Rey archipelago first saw tourist development in the 1990s, first with Cayo Guillermo in 1992, with the opening of the Hotel Gran Caribe Club Villa Cojimar (now the Hotel Allegro), followed by Cayo Coco with its first tourism development called Guitart Cayo Coco (now the Hotel Colonial) which was opened in 1993.
Back then, there were no commercial international airports on any of the Jardines del Rey islands. Tourists flew into the Maximo Gomez airport located in the provincial capital of Ciego de Avila. The construction of the pedraplen causeway from the mainland began in 1988, its 27kms (16 miles) length connecting Cayo Coco to the mainland of Cuba was concluded in a little over 3 years and, with it began the boom days of tourism on both islands in the King’s Gardens. A seven kilometers causeway, which concludes with a 1.5 km bridge, was constructed to connect Cayo Coco with Cayo Guillermo.
Cayo Guillermo is 539km (334 miles) from Havana. Varadero is 461 km (288 miles) from Cayo Guillermo, whereas the closest cities to Cayo Guillermo are Ciego De Avila (population of 86,100) at 129km (80 miles) and Moron (population of 60,600) 90 km (56 miles). Cayo Guillermo and Cayo Coco are just 30km apart and are connected by the aforementioned causeway.
The United States of America is not far from Cayo Guillermo with Key West Florida at just 261 miles (420 kilometers) by flight from Cayo Guillermo in Jardines del Rey Cuba.
Even though there are no direct flights, to give an idea of just how close Jardines del Rey in Cuba is to The Bahamas, the Clarence A. Bain Airport (MAY) in the Bahamas is just 214 km (132 miles) from Jardines del Rey International Airport – Cayo Guillermo, Cuba (CCC).