Would Papa Hemingway be in his element here?
Bar found on a beach the novelist visited
Lester Rabelo says it’s something of a shame Ernest Hemingway is no longer around, unable to stop by and quaff a cold one at the Coco Loco.
Rabelo works at the beach bar on the Cuban island of Cayo Guillermo, with the above-ground, open-air, thatched roof watering hole serving Cuban beer, drinks and pina coladas, the latter of which come in hollowed-out pineapples.
The bar — the name of which translates as the Crazy Coconut — itself is found on Playa Pilar, which many say is the prettiest beach in Cuba and which was named after a boat used by Hemingway, who often visited the area.
“We have beautiful beaches in Cuba but this one is amazing,” Madoyolus Sierra of the nearby Cayo Guillermo Resort Kempinski adds of Playa Pilar.
The white-sand beach is known for its dunes and boat trips are available to a nearby island that offers snorkeling.
Rabelo notes Hemingway was known for his appreciation of Cuban drinks and Cuban bars, and he’s sure the author would have enjoyed a drink or two at the Playa Pilar bar.
“If Hemingway was still alive he would like the Coco Loco,” Rabelo confidently states.