Approximately 340 miles east of Havana off Cuba’s north coast is where you will find Cayo Coco. Part of the beautiful Jardines del Rey region, this cay offers some of the best beaches in Cuba and is known for its isolated nature. Most visitors arrive via the seventeen-mile causeway that connects the island to the mainland, and it is also possible to fly in. The Jardines del Rey Airport calls sunny Cayo Coco home, and as of 2005, it accepts direct flights from several international destinations.
The Cayo Coco Cuba beaches draw in many tourists on an annual basis, and it’s not hard to understand why. These beautiful coasts boast powdery white sand, and where the sand ends, the clear turquoise waters of the Atlantic Ocean begin. Backing many beaches on the island is lush vegetation, while others are backed by all inclusive resort hotels. When you add it all up, there are approximately thirteen miles of Cayo Coco Cuba beaches to enjoy, and thanks to the area’s coral reefs, the clear waters are protected and almost always calm. The clarity and the calmness of the waters lend especially well to such pursuits as snorkeling and scuba diving, as do the offshore reefs. In fact, this is one of the world’s great scuba diving destinations, and no less than four diving centers can be found along the Cayo Coco coast.
The best-known beaches in Cayo Coco are found along the northern coast and include Playa Larga, Playa Prohibida, and Playa Las Coloradas. Playa Larga extends from Penon las Coloradas to Punta Rasa and features a restaurant where visitors can break for some food and drink. The Blau Colonial, the Tryp Cayo Coco, and the Iberostar Cayo Coco are among the resident hotels on Playa Larga. Playa Prohiba, which is found to the west of Punta del Cuerno, also features a popular lobster shack eatery. As for Playa Las Coloradas, it is found on the far eastern side of the northern coast and is home to the Melia Cayo Coco and the Sol Cayo Coco resorts.
When it comes down to it, the beaches on Cayo Coco are about as good as beaches get. This is more than just a beach destination, however. Lagoons, mangrove canals, and marshlands provide different settings, not to mention interesting recreational opportunities. The boat tours that take to these waters can be very rewarding, for example, and the wildlife viewing around the island is usually wonderful. There are more than 100 species of birds alone in this mostly unspoiled region, and they include pink flamingos. Going horseback riding, taking a Jeep safari, and walking along the nature trails at the Parque Natural El Baga are other options for things do on Cayo Coco. For those who like to be pampered, the island is home to a large spa complex. As for ways to stay busy when the sun goes down, many tourists conveniently visit the bars and clubs that are found at their resort hotels.
Enticing Cayo Coco vacation packages are out there for travelers who wish to take advantage. More often than not, these packages include flights and accommodations at an all inclusive resort. That leaves little for the traveler to plan or worry about.