Cayos Holandeses

The Cayos Holandéses (Dutch Cays) are several remote and mostly uninhabited islands along the northwestern end of the Guna Yala archipelago. These are some of the prettiest islands in the entire comarca (semi-autonomous reserve). There are small Guna villages on three of the twenty islands.

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The Cayos Holandéses are 9 miles (15 km) from the mainland—the farthest removed islands in the entire archipelago. Getting to these islands requires a boat with a powerful motor or a yacht. There are no hotels in the Cayos Holandéses, but it may be possible to camp on some of the islands.

Like most islands in the archipelago, the Cayos Holandéses are lined with white-sand beaches and palm trees. The water is warm and crystal clear. There isn’t much to do here besides relax on the beach, swim, or snorkel. There is impressive coral in some areas, and dolphins are occasionally seen in the surrounding waters.