Cayo Coco



Ideal Cuban Vacation

Cayo Coco, part of the Jardines Del Rey chain of islands spread along Cuba’s northern coast, boasts white-sand, clear-water beaches. It has garnered quite a reputation as a top vacation spot with its many all-inclusive resorts and plethora of tourist amenities.

Its beauty and simplicity have been admired by visitors for years; legend has it that Ernest Hemingway was so taken with the island that he used it as a setting for one of his most famous novels, “The Old Man and the Sea.”

Exploring Cayo Coco

To get a sense of all that the island offers, plan to take the bus that runs from the eastern end of Cayo Coco to the western end, and stop off at various public beaches along the way.

The water is shallow for the most part, so you can easily snorkel close to the beachfront, or rent some water sports equipment from one of the hotels.

Tours and Excursions

There are a few noteworthy attractions on Cayo Coco worth a mention. For those drawn to the thumping and bumping of nightlife, head to La Cueva, a popular club situated in a natural cave. Just be prepared for strong drinks and a rowdy crowd.

Consider booking a glass-bottom boat excursion, which can give you excellent views of aquatic life and can get you to some amazing snorkeling spots.

You can also arrange a tour of the nearby village of Morón to learn more about its history and architecture, and visit a sugar mill and a crocodile farm. These are just a few examples, but there are plenty more options to choose from to customize your dream trip to Cayo Coco.

Cayo Coco at a Glance

City:Jardines del Rey

Country or State:Cuba

Length of Beach:12 miles

Access:By car, by taxi

Best time to visit:March to April

High Season:December to April

Low Season:May to June


  • Restaurants
  • Hotels rent beach gear
  • No lifeguards
  • No public restrooms

Beach Type:

  • White sand
  • Saltwater
  • Popular