Travel - Hot Spots - Cayo Coco
Cayo Coco(Coco Kay) is an island in central Cuba, well known for its luxury all inclusive resorts. It lies within the Ciego de Ávila Province and is part of a chain of islands called Jardines del Rey ("King's Gardens"). The cay is administered by the Morón municipality.
CAYO COCO ATTRACTIONS
Institute For Coastal Research – Set up to protect the rare Ibis after which the island is named as well as the other bird and animal life and the environment. Visitors are welcome to come here and learn about the fantastic bird life on the island.
Guira – This fascinating village is situated just a few km inland and still contains the original houses, it was founded about a hundred years ago, why not hire a horse from here and explore the area from the saddle.
The Duna de la Loma del Puerto – Enjoy a lovely walk through unspoilt natural vegetation to reach a natural viewing point, which takes in the glorious bird life and beaches.
Parador La Silla – On the 16km causeway that connects the islands of Coco, Guillermo and Romano. This is the ideal spot to watch the spectacular annual migration of pink flamingos to breed from about April to November.
In addition to the natural beauty offered by Cayo Coco’s beaches and lagoons, there are a number of activities to enjoy at the tourist resorts. The Melia Cayo Coco presents shows every night, accompanied by animators who ensure that all the guests are involved. Next door, a nightclub puts on events for people from all the nearby resorts. The resorts also boast world-class restaurants, with cuisine from all over the world.
Day trips are also a great idea from Cayo Coco. One of the most interesting is a sugar mill visit, where tourists can opt for a speed boat ride across one of the fresh water lakes and through a mangrove swamp on their way to a tour of one of the local sugar mills. Other attractions to see along the way include a visit to a crocodile farm, a traditional meal surrounded by palm trees, and a steam train ride through the cane fields.
Cayo Coco’s barrier reef is the second largest in the world, and an incredible sight to see. Snorkelling excursions are a great way to enjoy this underwater wonder, taking visitors right up to the fish, coral, and underwater plants. Snorkelling can also be enjoyed in the fresh water lakes, allowing you to see different varieties of the region’s colourful fish species.
One of the most interesting things to see is back on the mainland. Cuba’s largest lake, the Laguna de Leche, or Lake of Milk, has a white, milky appearance due to underwater lime deposits.
CAYO COCO BEACHES
Playa Flamencos – Beautiful desert island beach, with crystal clear shallow waters, fine sand and shade provided by palm trees. Ideal for families with small children as you could wade out 200 metres and still be ankle deep.
Playa Prohibida – Just a few kms south along the coast you will come across this secluded beach surrounded by sand dunes reaching 14metres in height. Great reefs to explore here.
Blau Colonial Cayo Coco – Check out the beach in front of this fantastic 4 star hotel, it’s picture perfect. Safe swimming, snorkeling and windsurfing can be enjoyed here, and in-between tanning have a relaxed lunch at the fine buffet restaurant.
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