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Cayo Coco

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Cayo Coco Holidays

With pristine white sand beaches that stretch for miles and gently slope into fluorescent tranquil water, a holiday to Cayo Coco offers the feel of a deserted island with all the modern amenities. From boat trips to spa retreats and interesting night spots, it's an intriguing and relaxing location for anyone considering a holiday to Cuba.

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A taste of utopia

Located off the north coast of Cuba, Cayo Coco is the second largest island in the Jardines Del Rey archipelago. At first look, Cayo Coco looks like any other island with pristine beaches and inviting, sparkling sea. You'll find All Inclusive resorts, serviced sunloungers along the beach and plenty of restaurants, bars and gift shops. Delve a little deeper and you'll discover the raw and natural beauty of the area, which you can experience through a mix of land and water based activities.

Pre–1990 the island was little more than an overgrown mangrove swamp but it's been built to provide a well-serviced resort surrounded in lush greenery. 85% of the island is still covered with vegetation, and Cayo Coco enjoys an exciting array of wildlife with more than 200 species of birds, wonderful reefs teaming with colourful sea creatures and a population of 30,000 flamingos.

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Dizzying new heights

The Rocarena Climbing Centre is one of the newest attractions to the island and makes a great alternative to the usual beach day. The attractive, German-built course towers above the ground at 13 metres high with many masts reaching up to 32 metres tall. Fully qualified staff are friendly and patient and, although your legs might feel wobbly at times, the two–clip safety harness system is enough to put your mind at rest.

If heights aren't your thing you can stick to the lower level courses while the more adventurous can attempt the tougher 'black' challenges high above the ground. Scale rock walls, scream as you experience the bungee swing or take it easy in one of the tunnels. Suitable for all ages, the climbing centre is a fun day out for everyone.

Party in the caves

Cayo Coco's nightlife is almost entirely found in the All Inclusive hotel complexes, but there is one hidden gem that Cayo Coco is famous for - La Cueva Del Jabali. To put it simply, La Cueva Del Jabali is a club in a cave, where you'll be treated to fire shows, live Cuban music and traditional dancing early in the evening. Then there's a DJ spinning a good mix of popular music late into the night.

The 25 CUC price tag covers an All Inclusive bar for the duration of your night plus a return bus ride to and from the cave. You'll be picked up by coach from your Cayo Coco hotel and travel along dark, winding roads for 15 minutes, which adds to the intrigue. La Cueva Del Jabali is a must see, just mind the plastic bats hanging from the ceiling - the owner's little joke.

Take to the sea on a catamaran cruise

There are a whole host of different catamaran cruises available in Cayo Coco, ranging from half day excursions ideal for cheap Cuba holidays, that offer a couple of hours snorkelling around the stunning reefs, to full days out at sea complete with a succulent lobster dinner.

As you sail out to sea you'll enjoy fantastic panoramic views of the island and its surrounding beaches. If you opt for one of the longer tours, you also have the option to spend some time on these secluded beaches near the lighthouse. As there is no below deck area on the Catamaran boats make sure you bring plenty of sunscreen.

Quiet your mind at the Acuavida Spa

Treat yourself to a spa day at the serene and tranquil Acuvida Spa on the beachfront. It boasts stunning sea views and promises to leave you feeling relaxed. You can de-stress with a full body massage before enjoying the salt water pools and hot tubs or get wrapped up in natural mud and dry out in the Cuban sun, finishing off with a Turkish bath and sauna.

After a blissful day of pampering, relax by the spa pool with a freshly made pina colada from the bar and breathe in the beautiful location before being transferred back to your hotel.

Experience the island on horseback

A horseback adventure is the perfect way to experience the nature and untouched beauty of Cayo Coco. Tucked away from the comfort and amenities of the All Inclusive resorts, you'll find yourself walking along a dirt track with your horse and little more than mangroves surrounding you.

After a short trek through this landscape you'll be greeted by a beautiful private beach, featuring a traditional open air 'ranchon' where you'll enjoy a freshly cooked meal of chicken or grilled lobster, caught by hand that day. This horseback tour is suitable for both novice and seasoned riders.