Description Cuban Keys: Coco Key, Ciego de Avila. Cuba
Sited is a kay of the Jardines del Rey archipelago on the northern coast cost 536 km east of Havana.
Beach is one of the nicest in Caribbean, seclusion and pristine afterprotected by stunning coral reefs. With its rich flora and fauna, the colonies of pink flamingos can be seen, is an eco tourist's dreamland.
The causeway, or pedraplen in Spanish, linking Cayo Coco to the mainland is 27 km long and runs across Perros Bay (Bahia de Perros). It was built in 16 months and 3 million cubic meters of stone were needed to build it. The construction caused concern among environmentalists as it disturbed the tidal flow and thus life-cycle of waterlife. Despite fears, the wild flamingos still live in the shallow waters and can often be seen from the causeway although not as often as before the construction. A number of gaps were subsequently created in the causeway to restore water flow.
Still largely wild with swamps and scrubland populated by wild cattle, the islands boast about a dozen large international hotels spread out. Beaches are very good and the massive coral reef off the north coast attracts divers from around the world.
As of 2014, resorts in the area include the:
- Hotel Colonial Cayo Coco (formerly the Guitart Cayo Coco, then Blau Colonial)
- Hotel Playa Cayo Coco (formerly the Sirenis Cayo Coco)
- Hotel Villa Cayo Coco (formerly the Be Live Villa Coco)
- Iberostar Cayo Coco (formerly the Emperador section of the NH Krystal)
- Iberostar Mojito (formerly the El Senador, then the NH Krystal La Laguna Villas & Resort)
- Melia Cayo Coco (Melia group),
- Memories Caribe Beach Resort (formerly the Blue Bay Cayo Coco)
- Memories Flamenco Beach Resort
- Pestana Cayo Coco Beach Resort
- Sol Cayo Coco (Melia group), and
- Tryp Cayo Coco (Melia group)
Cayo Coco is linked by a short causeway to Cayo Guillermo to the west and by another short causeway to Cayo Romano to the east. The island has its own international airport, the Jardines del Rey Airport (Aeropuerto Jardines del Rey; airport codes (IATA: CCC, ICAO: MUCC). Since 2005 tourists can fly directly in to the airport on Cayo Coco rather than to an airport on the mainland. An earlier airport, the Cayo Coco Airport has been reclaimed as a small natural park called Parque Natural El Baga. Prior to the construction of the Jardines del Rey Airport, tourist flights for area resorts landed at the Máximo Gómez Airport (Aeropuerto Máximo Gómez; airport codes IATA: AVI, ICAO: MUCA) near Morón. Current accommodations in Jardines del Rey offer a total of approximately 5000 rooms spread amongst a dozen hotels. The Jardines del Rey project has development plans to eventually offer 32000 rooms.
Confirmed hotels already under construction or in the planning stages include:
- The Melia Jardines del Rey (Melia group; 1,176 rooms) - East of the Pestana Cayo Coco
- Pullman Cayo Coco (Accor group) 566 rooms) - immediately East of the Melia Cayo Coco
- Iberostar Playa Pilar (482 rooms) West area of Playa Pilar (Cayo Guillermo)
Coco Key Map
Hotel Oasis Playa Coco Hotel
Blau Varadero Hotel
Tryp Cayo Coco Hotel
Melia Cayo Coco Hotel
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It covers an area of 6910 square km (2670 square miles) and has a population of only 500,000, accounting for the lowest population density in the country. Seventy-two percent of its soil is of top quality, and 82 percent of the territory consists of a gently rolling plain. Most of the buildings in its capital city have large porticos, arcades, columns and tiled roofs. The city's main artery is Independencia (Independence) Avenue, on which you will find the Principal Theater, the Raúl Martínez Art Gallery, the José Martí Park, San Eugenio de la Palma (the city's patron saint) Cathedral and a large number of shops, cafeterias and restaurants. The city's traditional arts and crafts fairs are very popular.,
The province has large reserves of underground water and many mirror-like lakes, among which the best known are the Laguna de la Leche and La Redonda lake. Its two most important cities are Ciego de Avila, the provincial capital, and Morón, where rural traditions are deeply rooted.,
The pineapple, the queen of fruits, is the symbol of this region.
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Coco Key Cuba
Three factors have fundamentally favored this projection: the great reservoir of subsoil water, the best-quality crude oil of the island, and the existence of a zone known as Jardines del Rey (King Gardens), a chain of islets of extraordinary beauty still unexploited.
Out of those islets, only two have achieved its development: Cayo Coco and Cayo Guillermo. Third in extension in the Cuban archipelago, Cayo Coco can be accessed by car through a "pedraplén", a road built across the sea. The islet also has an airport for small and medium-sized aircraft. After the arrival, the visitor will be able to appreciate the abundance of the white ibis (known as "coco" bird), species from which the islet takes its name. A great colony of pink flamingos has made Cayo Coco being identified as "flamingo island" too.
Another face of Cayo Coco is that offered by hotels and tourist facilities and its fine-sand beaches. Here architecture is inserted in the natural environment characterized by virgin woods, lagoons, and a rich fauna.
We can not leave unmentioned three main sites worth-visiting in Cayo Coco: La Güira, which reproduces the life of charcoal-makers of the region; Rocarena Restaurant; and La Cueva del Jabalí.
Cayo Guillermo, with its three beaches and its dunes, and the keys Media Luna and Los Felipes constitutes another tourist circuit where the transparency of the waters and the conditions for snorkeling, diving, and platform fishing are a great attraction for tourists.
Quite close to the Jardines del Rey is the town of Morón, where portions of the trocha, expression of Spanish military engineering, are still preserved.
Water sport lovers can visit La Redonda, a lagoon where an international center for trout fishing operates. La Laguna de La Leche, however, is the scenery for traditional water carnivals and Formula T-1 speedboat World Championships.
For hunting there are about 40 zones: Aguachales de Falla, Chicola, Canal La Yana, and Puente Largo are some of them.