¡ Bienvenidos !
Welcome to our website dedicated to Cayo Coco, online since 2004. This site contains lots of information about Cayo Coco but also about its neighboring islands such as Cayo Guillermo, and the future tourist destination of Cayo Paredon Grande and Cayo Cruz.
These cayos are located off the Northern coast of Cuba (Atlantic side) and are part of an archipelago called Jardines Del Rey (King's Gardens), which itself belong to a larger larger archipelago called « Sabana-Camaguey ». The Spaniards named the archipelago Jardines del Rey in 1513 in honor of Ferdinand the Catholic.
This destination is mostly renowned for its pristine white sand beaches stretching for miles, its calm and crystal-clear waters, and for its quiet away-from-it-all atmosphere and natural surroundings.
Cayo Coco covers an area of 370 km2 (143 sq. mi.), the second largest of the Jardiines del Rey, after its neighbor to the east, Cayo Romano (465 km2 / 180 sq. mi). The little Cayo Guillermo (13 km2 / 5 sq.mi) is located west of Cayo Coco. Eighty-five percent of Cayo Coco is covered with vegetation, with more than 200 species of birds and a large population of 30,000 flamingos
What's new in the « Jardines del Rey » ?
† The development in the Playa Flamenco area will end by spring 2015, with the opening of the second phase of the Melia Jardines del Rey. This hotel will then be the largest in Cayo Coco with 1,176 rooms.
† There's now a dolphinarium on Cayo Guillermo. It's located near the marina, just after crossing the 320-meter bridge that connect the southern tip of Cayo Guillermo with Cayo Coco.
† New hotel under construction near the Melia Cayo Coco, the Pullman Cayo Coco, it will be administered by the French group Accor, scheduled to open late 2015.
† New hotel under construction in the area of Playa Pilar on Cayo Guillermo, the Iberostar Playa Pilar, it will be administered by the Spanish hotel chain Iberostar, scheduled to open late 2015.
† The Punta Rasa I & II project -a small beach located East of hotel Sol Cayo Guillermo- include two hotels of 500 rooms each, forecasted to open by summer 2016.
† There's a project to build two commercial pueblos (villages) in the area of Playa Flamenco and Playa Pilar. These pueblos will offer extra off-resort options, such as: restaurants, bars, boutiques, bowling and other services.
Two other virgin islands of the Jardines del Rey archipelago are currently under touristic development, they are: Cayo Paredon (aka Cayo Paredon Grande) located East of Cayo Coco and 30 minutes from the Cayo Coco airport, in the neighboring province of Camaguey; and Cayo Cruz located further East. New roads and bridges are currently being built to connect Cayo Cruz to Cayo Coco.
† The long-term development plan of the « Jardines del Rey » tourist pole is to eventually offer 32,000 rooms.
The Jardines del Rey archipelago has its own international airport (CCC) which is located on the east side of the island. Cayo Coco is connected to the main island of Cuba by a 17-km (10 mi) causeway built in 1988. It took 16 months to build it and required more than 3 million cubic meters of rocks and stones.
The bus transfer from Cayo Coco international airport to the hotels in Cayo Coco is approximately 15 minutes for the hotels in the East sector, 30 minutes for the hotels in the central sector and 45 minutes for hotels on Cayo Guillermo. Most all-inclusive travel package includes the transfer. Please note that passengers traveling with kitesurf equipment may have to pay an extra fee (or take a private transportation) to transport their equipment.
Kitesurfing has been a very popular activity in Cayo Guillermo for many years, especially in front of hotel Sol Cayo Guillermo, but in recent years it has become very popular also at the Gran Caribe Club Cayo Guillermo (formerly Allegro). These two hotels are located on the same beach called Playa El Paso. Click HERE to know more about this trilling water sport.
For those who would like to eat or have a drink outside their all-inclusive resort, we strongly suggest that you try one of the beach Ranchon (beach-grill) located throughout the cayos, They are friendly and safe places to enjoy a delicious lobster meal (or one of the many other options), and at a very reasonable price too! Click HERE to learn more about these Ranchons.
Cayocococuba.net is online since 2004. Hundreds of webpages and thousands of photos are included, and the site is updated regularly. We're humbly proud to say that it has become the biggest and most complete website dedicated to this Cuban destination on the web. Enjoy!
Normand & Lily
Please note that since the spring 2014, Cuban Immigration systematically stamps all passports when entering and leaving the country. And also: as of May 1, 2015, the Cuban Departure Tax is no longer paid at destination. It should now be included in the price of your trip when buying a flight-only or package to Cuba.
In October 2013 the Cuban Government announced its intention to eliminate their dual currency system (CUC and CUP). To the best of our knowledge, it seems like no schedule has been officially announced yet for this plan to eliminate the CUC and revalue the CUP; and so far (2015) there's no indication yet about when the CUC will be put out of circulation. More news to come.
Visit our website that chronicles the announcements and events related to The Cuban Thaw (the normalization of US-Cuba relations).
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