Idyllic corner to the north of the central province of Ciego de Ávila, in the area known as Jardines del Rey, more than 500 km east of Havana, and named after the fact that Diego Velázquez presented them to the King of Spain in 1522.
Cayo Coco is the fourth largest island in Cuba measuring 370 km2 with 22 km of pristine fine sandy beaches and beautiful turquoise waters surrounded by lush vegetation and mangroves, facing one of the most important coral reefs in the world. Its name comes from the presence of the white ibis, popularly known as the Coconut bird.
Few places in the Caribbean can compete with the beauty of its sea, whose warm waters are home to a wide variety of marine life. It is almost covered with vegetation (90%) and provides a habitat for over 200 bird species, including a colony of pink flamingos, one of the largest and most important reserves in the hemisphere. It is connected to the Cuban mainland by a 17 km long causeway over the sea, the first of its kind in the Greater Antillas, and has a modern international airport.
The modern hotel infrastructure is in perfect equilibrium with the surrounding nature and the island is the perfect setting to stimulate the senses.
Ideal destination for diving and sport and fly fishing. It also has extra-hotel facilities in and out of the keys, including a Thalassotherapy Centre and a shuttle service.
Cayo Coco is linked to Cayo Guillermo which has the beautiful El Pilar beach with up to 16 m high dunes, whose name honours the Ernest Hemingway’s boat, plus it has tree species such as the mahogany, mangroves and coconut.
It is close to Cayo Sabinal, Guajaba and Romano, part of the Sabana-Camaguey archipelago, near the barrier reef.
Cayo Coco and Cayo Guillermo have around 16 berths for boats, complemented by a supply of drinking water, electricity, fuel and customs. It also has a life aboard programme and diving practices, abalone centres, action sports and Coco Diving Centre, diving classes and shark show, and daytime and night-time dives.
The region has attractions such as:
- Beaches set in an environment where the vegetation and the fauna are greatly enhanced.
- Enjoy complete peace of mind and security.
- The largest barrier reef in the western hemisphere over 400 km long, unique attraction for underwater activities and water sports.
- In the waters around the keys there are submerged wrecks of great interest for divers.
- Its location makes it a great stop off point before travelling to other tourist destinations.
- It has the highest sand dunes in the Caribbean, as well as woodlands, protected areas and bird watching areas, cliffs and the largest pink flamingo colony in the Caribbean amongst others.
As for Ciego de Ávila, here there is a full range of specialist tourism including:
- Guaranteed hunting during the migratory duck, quail and dove seasons to mention a few.
- Freshwater fishing in the lagoons in the plains.
- Boating and diving.
- Sugar industry and ancient cultures that can be appreciated at the Municipal Museum in Morón which exhibits clay idols and more than 1,600 pieces.
- Historical, cultural and traditional attractions such as La Trocha de Júcaro in Morón; the Forts of la Trocha; ethnic settlements; Los Buchillones, in Punta Alegre, important archaeological site; carnivals in Morón and the aquariums in Punta Alegre; the beautiful Parrandas de Chambas, some of the best in Cuba; las Noches Avileñas, the Piña Colada festival and many more.
- The Creole ajiaco: 美味汤品，内含蔬菜和多种肉类，主要是猪肉和鸡肉
- Moros y cristianos: 煮熟的豆类和大米混合烹饪而成
- Enchilado de macabí: 用番茄酱混合辣酱炖煮的梭鱼
- Calenticos: 墨西哥烤肉配炸鱼
- 蕃石榴酱配白奶酪: 蕃石榴用糖或者糖浆烹饪，配上手工白奶酪食用
- Mantecados:小麦粉，糖，植物油制成的软蛋糕，与古巴的另一种叫做torticas de moron的甜饼干类似
- Diego Velazquez灯塔
- La Silla海滩
- Loma de Cunagua区
- 参观Diego Velazquez灯塔，考古遗址，古民族聚居地，和Moron城市博物馆