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Cayo Coco, part of an island chain called Jardines Del Rey (or King’s Garden), is situated on the idyllic North coast of Cuba. Think tropical blue coloured waters and white, talcum powder soft sands which are best enjoyed with a dash of rum and you pretty much have the image of Cayo Coco.

What used to be quite an isolated part of Cuba, due to its separation from the mainland, is now linked by a 27km long causeway which slices through the beautiful Bahia de Perros (Bay of Dogs). This short drive from the mainland leads to a place where the wild swamps and scrubland contrast with the glistening all-inclusive resorts that line the coast and cater to visitors all year round.

However, don’t be fooled into thinking that all there is to do here in Cayo Coco is lounging around on the pristine sands (it is a pretty good reason to come here though). There’s one of the largest coral reefs in the world to dive and plenty of water sports to make the most of the clear waters! So a visit to Cayo Coco can be as active, or as leisurely as you want it to be!

Sea food is the pride of Cayo Coco. Fresh fish and with a distinct Cuban style is a main feature of the restaurants in Cayo Coco and make for a great start to the evening after a long day in the sun. You’ll find plenty of choice in your all inclusive resort or why not head to a local favourite where good, fresh seafood can be found.

As well as seafood you’ll find slow-baked pork is a common occurrence too, although it’s not always as succulent as you hope it might be it’s is always delicious and worth a try when you come across this dish on the menu.

For a night out in the evening, don’t expect to be going on a crazy all-nighter around this part of Cuba. Cayo Coco is far too chilled out for that. However the nearby town of Moron does offer a lively nightlife where you can dance with the Cuban spirit and enjoy a dash of rum along the way.

Away from the all-inclusive resorts of Cayo Coco, there’s plenty to see in this sun drenched area of the Caribbean. See the coast and country trails on a horseback ride or get your scuba gear on and dive in one of the biggest coral reefs in the world. An abundance of wildlife has made the 120km long “Garden’s of the Queen” reef home and is therefore a great place to view tropical fish in the warm waters of Cuba.

On land, tropical wildlife, birds and up to 30,000 pink flamingos make Cayo Coco their home. These animals can either be seen by just wandering around or taking a guided tour to learn more about the native wildlife inhabitants.

To take it a little easier, hop on to a glass bottomed boat tour. There are many excursions around Cayo Coco and they allow you to see the islands shoreline as well as get a good view of the underwater wildlife.

Of course though, there are some of the most beautiful beaches in this part of the world and Playa Pilar is one of them. A short journey away from Cayo Coco by coach, with a bar and restaurant, this beach is well worth the small trip and you can easily spend a day here relaxing on the warm sands.

Location of Cayo Coco

Key Facts

  • Language: Spanish
  • Currency: Cuban Peso
  • Time Difference from UK: -5
  • Flight time: London: 9-10 hours
  • When to go: November to April