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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 construction project called "Pilar I", located at the western tip of Cayo Guillermo, will become th Centara Grand Beach Resort Cayo Guillermo 5* (~ 250 rooms), managed by the Thailand hotel group Centara Hotels & Resorts. It will mirror the Centara Grand in the Maldives by proposing over water villas. Opening is scheduled for late 2017. Here's an aerial photo of the construction site taken on December 9, 2016.
† A large dolphinarium is currently under construction in Cayo Coco, near the Marina Gaviota Aguas Tranquillas. Its construction name is "Delfinario Bautista", it should be similar to the one in Cayo Santa Maria with pools for swimming and stage stands for shows. Opening is scheduled for the fall 2017. Here's an aerial photo taken on December 16, 2016.
† Major beach enlargement works started in September 2016 and will continue through 2017, making the beaches of Cayo Coco and Cayo Guillermo more than twice as wide as before! Check this photo we took on December 16th, 2016. This sand replenishment work is particularly evident on Playa Flamenco (the beach of hotels Memories Flamenco, Pestana and Melia Jardines del Rey), because this beach used to have a rocky entrance into the water, now it's 100% sand and the beach is super wide.
† Two new hotels are being built in the Punta Rasa sector, a beach located West of hotel Sol Cayo Guillermo. They will be the Grand Muthu Hotel Cayo Guillermo and the Catalonia Cayo Guillermo (temporary construction names: Punta Rasa I and II). They are scheduled to open in 2017. A new commercial plaza is also being built in this sector. Here's an aerial photo of the construction site taken on December 9, 2016.
† A Cable Water Skiing center is under construction right next to the Delfinario Cayo Guillermo. It's a type of water ski (or wakeboard) where the rope of the skier is pulled by a system of overhead electric cables rather than a boat.
† 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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