Cayo Coco, the fourth-largest island in the Cuban archipelago, is linked to the mainland by a 17 km-long stone road.
A tropical paradise-turned-beach-resort, notable for its preservation and protection of the surrounding ecosystem, Cayo Coco makes a wonderful escape from the hustle and bustle of today’s world.
Its beach – a languid stretch of fine white sand backed by warm, crystal-clear waters – is 10 km long. Cayo Coco is a also a birding paradise, hosting species such as the gray heron, pink flamingo (the flock here, one of the world’s largest, numbers over 30,000) and other wading birds. Other birds favoring this habitat include cormorants, woodpeckers, mockingbirds, pelicans and many duck species.
The cay’s 10 kilometer-long coral reef, at an easily accessible 10 to 30 meter depth, is an equally rich and diverse ecosystem, with an abundance of marine species. Divers may expect to see the Mega lops atlantica, the Trachinotus, as well as big snappers, meros, sharks and barracudas. The “Coco Diving Center” offers scuba packages and services.
Very few places in the world can compete with Cayo Coco’s beauty, even at night: once the sun goes down and the stars come out, the majesty of this peaceful island is infectious.