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A true paradise, Cayo Coco or ‘the Cayo islands’ are considered to be home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Known for its all-inclusive resorts, the Cayos gets its name from the white ibis, locally known as Coco (coconut) birds.
Still relatively untouched - wild flamingos still live in the shallow waters – this island paradise will live with you long after your trip is over. Connected to the main island by causeway, Cayo Coco gives you a true ‘castaway’ experience like no other, with its stunning beaches, crystal clear water and underwater coral gardens.
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Cuba’s dry seasons lasts from November to April. In the other months, brief but heavy showers fall on an almost daily basis. The average monthly temperatures don’t fluctuate too much in Cuba and temperatures stay between the low and high 20s throughout the year, making Cayo Coco the ideal year-round beach getaway.
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Cayo Coco is one of the largest of the Jardines del Ray islands, nestled among pristine coral reefs and is the gateway to the rest of the Cayo islands. With 14 miles of powder-soft sands, one of the world’s largest coral reefs, Cuba’s largest flamingo colony and myriad watersports, you will have plenty to do and see.
Cayo Santa Maria
Just eight miles long and half a mile wide, Santa Maria is a tiny jewel in Cuba’s crown. On the north of the island, sweeping beaches are backed by rolling sand dunes, with a selection of luxury resorts. Along the untouched south coast, mangrove forests border creeks and lagoons which attract flamingos and other wildlife.
Tiny, gorgeous Cayo Ensenachos is home to just one resort, the Iberostar Ensenachos, which gives it an air of exclusivity and tranquillity for that ‘castaway experience’. Combine with two of Cuba’s most stunning secluded beaches, Playa Megano and Playa Ensenachos, for a perfect Caribbean escape.
Cayo Guillermo is known for its five kilometres of pristine beaches of fine white sand. This small, quiet island is located next to Cayo Coco and is the perfect spot if you’re really looking to get away from it all. After all how often is there ‘nothing’ to do on your to-do list? Sheer unadulterated bliss!
Cayo Coco is a great place to try bird-spotting, whether you’re a novice or a pro. Take a tour and you can spot forest birds, wading birds,shorebirds and field and stream species, whilst learning all about the flora and fauna of this exotic island, both with the naked eye and through binoculars.
7 facts about Cayo Coco
Cayo Coco is named after the white ibis bird, locally called Coco (coconut) bird.
The causeway linking Cayo Coco to the mainland is 27 km long. It was built in 16 months and 3 million cubic meters of stone were used to build it.
The island has its own international airport, the Jardines del Rey Airport. An earlier airport was reclaimed as a small natural park called Parque Natural El Baga.
A rather gorgeous 85% of Cayo Coco is covered in vegetation. There are more than 200 species of bird here and over 30,000 hot pink flamingos!
Fans of fishing can get their fill in Cayo Coco, where excursions for deep-sea fishing often come up trumps!
Ever fancied a night out in a cave? You may now - there’s one a Cayo Coco with live Cuban music so you can enjoy the rhythms and acoustics of the natural cave setting.
Cayo Coco’s climate is sub-tropical thanks to its proximity to the Tropic of Cancer, meaning it’s usually somewhere between 20-35 degrees.