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Language: Spanish | Currency: Pesos (₱) | Local time: UTC -04 | Avg. Flight time: 13.5 hrs
If you are looking for a luxurious place to stay, a world-class beach, warm seas, and very little else, then holidays in Cayo Coco are for you...
This sumptuously quiet part of the Caribbean is fairly isolated from Cuba, giving it a unique identity. Indeed, it wasn't until recent times that a man-made causeway - some 27 km long - was created to connect the dreamy islands to the mainland.
For those who manage to tear themselves away from the beach, however, there are opportunities to head out. If you fancy a different beach, take the bus up to Playa Pilar, which is often hailed as one of the best beaches in the world. And Moron - the nearest big town - is where to head if you fancy a livelier night out than you can otherwise will find in the beach hotels.
Some hotels will band together to lay on the occasional disco, and the local nightclub will throw open its doors a couple of nights a week, but this place knows that most visitors want little more than a few rums, some fresh seafood and sand between their toes.
It is worth keeping an eye out for the busy restaurants, though. Cuban food is often criticised as being bland but if you see where the discerning locals like to tuck in, then you'll know where the best grub is. Obviously, seafood is going to be a speciality in the Jardines del Rey, but meat lovers will adore the exquisite, slow-baked pork dishes. As many Cayo Coco holidays are sold as all-inclusive, it's worth heading out of your hotel to see what is on offer locally.
It is possible to hire cars from Cayo Coco Airport (CCC), but prices can vary dramatically so make sure you get the right deal.
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Cuba is in the Caribbean and has year-round sunshine; however, the best months to visit are between November and May...
With a tropical climate, Cayo Coco stays warm all year round. The driest months are between December and April, when daytime temperatures hover around the mid-twenties and are followed by cool evenings. July and August are the hottest months, regularly tipping over 30C, but rainfall can be heavy from May to September.
If you want to add something extra to your Cayo Coco break, why not take part in one of the following events?
Pina Colada Festival; April: Head over to Ciego de Avila where hundreds of acclaimed artists display their work to the masses. You will find everything from live music and cinema to juggling and table decoration.
Flower Carnival; May: Again, Ciego de Avila (it's little more than an hour away) becomes the centre of attention as people don costumes made of flowers, and take to the streets for dancing, music and fun.
Aqua Carnival; September: Over in Moron, people take the street party to the sea as a procession of decorated boats drift by and the crowds gather on the shore for the start of the festivities.
You don't have to spend your entire holiday on the beach; there is much to do, whatever your interests...
Shopping: The Jardines del Rey attract a lot of artists, meaning the craft shops are full of beautiful works to snap up and take home.
Active types: Hook up with a dive school, or simply grab a snorkel and mask - you'll be staggered by what you can see under the turquoise waters.
Grown-up families: Bird spotting may not sound like the most exciting activity, but when faced with the jaw-dropping array of colourful species waiting to be encountered, children of all ages might start to think differently.