Disconnect your mobile phone and immerse yourself in the luxurious atmosphere: at the Meliá Cayo Coco your only task is to enjoy yourself. Stay in elegant bungalows over the lagoon and rediscover the tranquility of an adults only ambience.
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.
As in the rest of the country, the culinary culture has Spanish and African influences, and given that it is a coastal area, some of its most traditional dishes are:
- The Creole ajiaco: Delicious soup made from vegetables and different types of meat, including pork and chicken.
- Moros y cristianos: Prepared from refried beans and rice cooked together.
- Roast pork: Roasted in the oven or in a púa. Normally served hot, with a crunchy crackling.
- Fish and shellfish: Prepared in different ways, normally in a tomato sauce.
- Grilled lobster: Cooked in butter.
- Enchilado de macabí: Macabí base cooked in a tomato and spice sauce.
- Calenticos: Fajitas with bread crumbed fried trout.
- Guayaba jam with white cheese: Guayaba cooked in sugar or syrup, and served with artisan white cheese.
- Mantecados: Soft cakes made from wheat flour, sugar and vegetable fat, very similar to the torticas from Morón.
PLACES OF INTEREST
- The pedraplén (the causeway)
- Diego Velázquez lighthouse
- La Silla
- The pristine beaches
- Coral reef
- Cayo Guillermo
- Coco Diving Center
- Laguna de la Leche and La Redonda
- Loma de Cunagua
- Finca Oasis
- Morón Municipal Museum
WHAT TO DO IN CAYO COCO
- Boats trips in yachts, sail boats or catamarans
- Open-sea fishing and fly fishing
- Shark shows
- Bird watching (flamingos)
- Enjoy the unspoilt, beaches
- Enjoy a free Day Around and Dinner Around between the Meliá Cuba hotels in Cayo Coco and in Cayo Guillermo
- Visit the Diego Velázquez lighthouse, archaeological sites and ancient ethnic settlements, and the Municipal Museum in Morón
- Relax, unwind and dedicated some time to yourself
- Eat in a good restaurant
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