Holidays in Cayo Coco
Cayo Coco is located on Jardines del Rey, an archipelago off the north coast of Cuba. Jardines del Rey translates as ‘King’s Gardens’, and with its soft, sparkling sands and clear blue waters, it’s certainly fit for royalty. Spend your days drinking cocktails on the white sandy beach, zip through tropical mangroves on a speedboat, and dive beneath the ocean to discover the beautiful coral reefs.
With an average tempreature of 28°C in summer and 23°C in winter. The dry season is typically Dec-April.
Jardines del Rey Airport (CCC), 10-15km southeast of Cayo Coco’s resorts.
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Cayo Coco is the ultimate ‘rest and relaxation’ destination. Find a spot on one of the immaculate white sand beaches and listen to the warm waters swishing gently on the shore. But that’s not all Cayo Coco’s beaches have to offer – try snorkelling, scuba diving, or even horseback riding. The island is linked to mainland Cuba by a single causeway, a direct route to Morón. This central Cuban city is perfect for a day trip. It’s a great place for a spot of souvenir shopping, with some authentic Cuban restaurants to try.
One of the world’s biggest coral reefs is offshore at Cayo Coco. For one of the best things to do in Cayo Coco, hire some diving equipment from your hotel or a local diving school, and see the reef for yourself. The 10km-long coral reef is home to snappers, barracudas and even dolphins, so don’t miss the chance to swim alongside these fascinating creatures. If you’d prefer to stay dry, head out into the ocean on a glass-bottom boat. Get your camera ready and go to the causeway to see huge flocks of bright pink flamingos.
Cayo Coco is one of the best places in Cuba for watersports. Most of these will be arranged by your hotel, so head down to the beach to have a go at snorkelling and kayaking in the ocean. For something really thrilling, zip through the lush green mangroves on a speedboat, or zoom out to sea in a catamaran. If you’d like to learn more about Cuba’s history, take a day trip to the local sugar mill. No longer operating, it’s now a museum which tells the story of Cuba’s industrial past. At the local crocodile farm you’ll have the chance to hold a baby crocodile.
Cayo Coco Although many hotels in Cayo Coco are all inclusive, it’s still worth venturing outside for some real Cuban cuisine. It’s hearty and delicious – think soups made from chicken and black beans, and rice dishes made with pork, chicken or fish. Many Cuban meat dishes are cooked in zingy citrus marinades, and then roasted until the meat is tender. Wash it all down with Cuban rum cocktail, like a refreshing mojito, made with mint, sugar and lime. A Cuban coffee is a must for kick-starting your mornings.
Beach lovers: Lie back on Cayo Coco’s pristine white sands and soak up the hot Caribbean sunshine.
Nature fans: Swim with wild dolphins and see pink flamingos in their natural habitat.
Active types: Go horse-riding on the beach and dive into the ocean to discover the tropical coral reefs.
Language: The language spoken in Cayo Coco is Spanish
Currency: The currency used in Cayo Coco is the Peso Convertible (CUC) and Cuban Peso (CUP)
Local time: Cayo Coco is 5 hours behind GM/UK time
Fly to: Jardines del Rey Airport (CCC), 10-15km southeast of Cayo Coco’s resorts
Flight time from UK: Approximately 10 hours
Tourist information: Further Cayo Coco tourist information can be found at www.travel2cuba.co.uk
Visa & Health: Before you travel, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/cuba for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to Cayo Coco
Temperature: Temperatures range from the low 20s (°C) to 29 in summer, a couple of degrees cooler in spring and a couple of degrees warmer in autumn. Winter is still a warm 22-24°C.
Best time to visit: The dry season Dec-April.
Cayo Coco’s sub-tropical climate is warm year-round. It has two main seasons: wet (May-Nov) and dry (Dec-April).
By foot: It’s all about the peace, quiet and soft sands here – the Cayos are perfect for strolling.
By bus: Take the cheap hop on/hop off bus around the island, which stops at most of the hotels in Cayo Coco and neighbouring Cayo Guillermo.
By scooter: You can hire a scooter from most car rental centres.
Celebrations: New Year’s Eve is an exciting time in Cayo Coco. Grab a drink and join in the fun.
Enjoy the show: There’s plenty of events most nights, organised by the hotels; grab a cocktail and enjoy the open-air theatre and dance shows.