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Cayo Coco

Cayo Coco is the forth island in term of size forming the Cuban archipelago; with 370 square kilometers, it is located to the Atlantic coast of Cuba, close to the Canal Viejo de Bahamas. It is linked to the main land by a stone road, 17 km long.

Used as a hideout by buccaneers in the early colonial period, the island was home to a small settlement of fishermen and charcoal producers until 1955 when the freshwater supply was exhausted and the market for charcoal ended with the spread of electrification after the Cuban revolution. A causeway was built to the Cuban mainland in 1988, beginning the era of resort construction.

It is aprivileged reserve for flora and fauna, this key hosts species such as the wading birds, particularly the coconut the island was named after, the gray heron, and the pink flamingo which total over 30 000 and is among the biggest herds in the world. It is also favorite habitat for other bird species such as the cormorant, woodpecker, mockingbird, pelicans and many duck species.

Places to go:

  • Playa Larga
  • Playa Las Coloradas
  • Playa Los Flamencos
  • Sito La Güira
  • Jabalí Cave

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