Cayo Coco

Named Cayo Coco, Cuba´s main tourist destination after Varadero, and one of its largest islands is located in Ciego de Avila Province.


Cayo Coco is situated, together with Cayo Guillermo, in the Archipelago de Sabana-Camaguey, or Las Jardines del Rey ("King´s Gardens") as many prefer to call it.

According to legend, the natural splendour of such islets as Cayo Coco, Cayo Guillermo and Paredón Grande led Conquistador Diego Velázquez to name that region in honor of Spanish King Fernando the Catholic.

Cayo Coco is famous for its luxurious all-in resorts, excellent beaches, and superb diving opportunities. At the same time, it is the place most illustrative of the phenomenon of ´tourist apartheid´: the fact that it is completely isolated from Cuba and Cuban daily life.


An artificial causeway connects Cayo Coco with Cuban mainland, while a natural causeway links Cayo Coco to Cayo Guillermo.

Through the years, the region has acquired an excellent tourist infrastructure, such as a modern airport, nautical bases, ports, natural parks, as well as ecotourism programmes.

Impressively large coral reefs, lakes, and lagoons offer the tourist a wide range of possibilities in terms of diving and fishing activities.

Among Cayo Coco's beaches stand out Las Coloradas, Jaula and Flamenco, where vacationers can go diving and enjoy the breathtakingly-beautiful sea bottoms, which are populated by a wide range of plant and animal species.

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