Connected by a 17 mile causeway Cayo Coco Cuba is just a short drive from the mainland of Cuba. Once the home of menacing pirates waiting to plunder ships heading for the new world, it is now a tourist Mecca known for its long white beaches and all inclusive service.
Where is Cayo Coco?
Located just off the south central coast of Cuba, Cayo Coco is in the Ciego de Avila Province and the Jardines del Rey chain of islands know in English as” Kings Gardens”
Up until 1955, Fisherman and charcoal producers where the only inhabitants to the cay’s. When fresh water was no longer available and the charcoal industry ended due to electricity the small islands where almost uninhabited. In July of 1988 a 17 mile causeway was finished connecting the cay’s to the mainland and thus began the resort construction boom. The first resort to be built on Cayo Coco was the Guitare Cayo Coco ( Now the Hotel Cayo Coco) As of 2015 the islands have upper of 5000 rooms and starting in 2016 a massive expansion project will begin named The Jardines del Rey project estimated to add an additional 32,000 rooms.
Cayo Coco Cuba Resorts:
The Melia Cayo Coco resort. (Formally the Leian Cayo Coco resort) This adults only resort caters to over water bungalow lovers with rooms built on stilts over a seawater lagoon. Located just past the first stone causeway it’s a shorter drive then most other resorts so you can check in early and stay late. Melia Cayo Coco resort is all inclusive and hosts four restaurants and bars with every taste considered from fine dining, Piano bar, sports bar, to beach food like hamburgers and nachos. For sports lovers try the world class snorkeling and scuba just off the natural reef.
Memories Flamingo Cayo Coco
Located on Cayo Coco beach this all suite, all inclusive family resort offers many choices from garden view to ocean view suites. Memories Flamenco is known for its many exciting activities for the whole family. Spend you days chilling out on the beach or at the pool or participate in the array of land sorts, water sports or the many organized group games set up by a very helpful sports team. Children will be kept busy at the very well stocked kids club letting parenting have time to relax or exercise. Your dinning choices are plentiful with a international buffet as well as Asian, Mediterranean, Creole and a open air bar.
Sol Cayo Guillermo
The Sol Cayo Guilermo is a family resort with quant tropical bungalows and a amazing beach ideal for wind sports such as kite surfing, wind surfing and sailing. the resort runs parallel to the second largest barrier reef in the world so diving is a must. Rated as a 4 star resort its casual and comfortable and if you prefer a bit more upscale you can visit the sister resort the Melia Cuba hotels in Cayo. Children will have their wishes met at the kids club while parents enjoy the all inclusive restaurants and bars.
Cuba is quickly redeveloping due to the recent changes in US relations and relaxed travel restrictions. The island is becoming a hot spot much the way it was in the 1950s. Make plans to visit right away while you can still experience Cuba’s old school charm. While visiting make sure to take a day trip to Havana the culture, history and people are just amazing.