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Welcome to our website dedicated to Cayo Coco, online since 2004. As Cayo Coco and Cayo Guillermo share the same airport, we also added into this website all the information regarding its sister island, Cayo Guillermo.
These islands are located in the Northern sector of Cuba, in the Atlantic Ocean. This destination is known for its kilometers of pristine beaches of fine white sand. The sea is calm, shallow and crystal clear waters of a beautiful turquoise blue. It is an oasis of peace for nature lovers, beach, family and relaxation.
Cayo Coco is an island with an area of 370 km2, the second largest in size after its neighbor Cayo Romano (465 km2) located East.
These islands are part of a group of several islands called Jardines Del Rey (King's Gardens in English) and which itself is part of a bigger archipelago called « Sabana-Camaguey ». The Spaniards named the archipelago Jardines del Rey in 1513 in honor of Ferdinand the Catholic. The little island of Cayo Guillermo (thirteen square kilometers) is located west of Cayo Coco.
What's new in the « Jardines del Rey » ?
† The development in Playa Flamenco will end by spring 2015, with the opening of the second phase of Melia Jardines del Rey. This hotel is the largest in Cayo Coco with 1,176 rooms.
† There is a dolphinarium on the island of Cayo Guillermo. It is located in the area of the marina, the southern tip of the island that connects the island with Cayo Coco by a 320 meters long bridge.
† There is a 566 rooms hotel under construction East of the Melia Cayo Coco. It will be managed by the French hotel group Accor under the name Pullman Cayo Coco.
† A hotel is under construction in Playa Pilar. It will be administered by the Spanish group Iberostar as the Iberostar Playa Pilar. Apparently there will be a small hotel in the west end area of Playa Pilar.
† The Punta Rasa I & II project (a small beach located East of the Sol Cayo Guillermo) will include two hotels of 500 rooms. Hotel Punta Rasa I is forecasted to open by summer 2016.
† There is a project to build two small villages « Pueblo » in the area of Playa Flamenco and Playa Pilar. These villages will offer restaurants, bars, boutiques and other services.
Two islands in the King's Gardens are under development ...
† Cayo Paredon (aka Cayo Paredon Grande) located East of Cayo Coco (30 minutes from the airport) in the neighboring province of Camaguey and Cayo Cruz located further East. Many bridges will be built to connect this island to Cayo Coco.
† The « Jardines del Rey » project is to build 32,000 rooms.
The Jardines del Rey archipelago has its own international airport (CCC) which is located in the east sector of the island. Cayo Coco is connected to the main island by a causeway of 17 kilometers long built in 1988. It took 16 months 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 15 minutes for the hotels in the East sector, 30 minutes for the hotels in the central sector and 45 minutes for hotels in Cayo Guillermo. Your all-inclusive travel package includes the transfer by bus.
Please note that passengers with kitesurf equipment may have to pay a fee (or take a private bus) to transport the equipment to their hotels. Be advised!
Kitesurfing has been very popular at the hotel Sol Cayo Guillermo for many years, but there is a new player now ... the hotel Gran Caribe Club Cayo Guillermo (formerly Allegro). These two hotels are located on the same beach named Playa El Paso. This hobby is popular throughout Cuba and the Caribbean. We saw kitesurfers in Cayo Guillermo and also in Cayo Santa Maria, in the same archipelago. Click HERE to know more about this activity.
Eighty-five percent of its territory is covered with vegetation. 200 species of birds live there and a population of 30,000 flamingos. .
For those who wish to eat (or just drink a cold beer) outside the hotels in Cayo Coco, you will find interesting that there are few friendly places where you can enjoy a delicious meal (lobster or other bbq dishes). Note that these restaurants are not part of your all inclusive package. Click HERE to learn more about this delightful option in Cayo Coco.
Please note that since the spring 2014, Cuba authority systematically stamps all passports when entering and leaving the country. Note that the departure tax remains unchanged at 25 CUC per person (in cash only).
The Cuban President Raul Castro announced in October 2013 the beginning of the process that will put an end to the two currencies circulating for 19 years on the island. It is important not to bring Convertible Peso (CUC) outside Cuba. More information to come!
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