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Fun & Underrated Things to Do in Cayo Coco, Cuba

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Are you ready for your next vacation to Cuba? Venture out of your Cayo Coco all-inclusive resort and explore its colonial towns and lesser-known stunning beaches, it’s the best way to experience authentic Cuba.

Wondering if Cayo Coco worth visiting? We like to think so. Whether you’re an adventure junkie or a relaxation seeker, Cayo Coco has something for you.

Where is Cayo Coco located in Cuba?

Cayo Coco is an island in the Jardines del Rey chain that lies off the north coast of Central Cuba. Along with its neighboring keys like Cayo Guillermo, Cayo Romano, and Cayo Cruz, it forms the larger archipelago of Sabana-Camaguey. Known for its long beaches, calm and shallow crystal-clear waters, and resort hotels, it’s one of the largest cays in Cuba.

It is easily accessible due to an artificial road called the pedraplén, connecting it to mainland Cuba.

Excursions in Cayo Coco to Laguna la Redonda mangrove

Tour de mangrove au canal Laguna la Redonda, Cuba

Most tourists who come to Cayo Coco focus on the beaches, but if you want to discover another side of Cuba’s natural beauty, we recommend a boat ride through the mangroves of Laguna la Redonda.

This mangrove-fringed lake is located about 30 miles from Cayo Coco and is teeming with fish such as perch and trout. Take a speedboat ride through the mangrove tunnels; it’s a quiet and refreshing tour where you can appreciate the richness of this ecosystem. Your boat captain will show you the different species of birds, insects and trees. He will even let you take the wheel if you say por favor!

Hotels located in the cays of the Jardines del Rey archipelago often offer this excursion, but you can also take a taxi.

Lunch with an ocean view at Playa Prohibida

Lenny's bar in Cayo Coco, Cuba

For a nice break from all-inclusive resort buffets, try the Ranchon Playa Prohibida in Cayo Coco. It’s a secluded hut on the hotel-free Playa Prohibida, better known as Lenny’s bar & grill, in honor of a long-time regular Canadian tourist named Lenny. This quiet and rustic shack offers breathtaking ocean views. But it’s not just about the view; you’ll enjoy the friendly staff, the laid-back atmosphere and the famous fresh lobster dish.

Lenny’s bar is decorated with old license plates brought in by tourists (mostly Canadians); feel free to bring yours!

Tip: Ask a taxi driver to take you to this restaurant as it is not close to any resorts.

Kitesurf in Cayo Guillermo

Kite surf on Cayo Guillermo's beaches

Cross the 27 km causeway that connects Cayo Coco to Cayo Guillermo, the neighboring cay. Cayo Guillermo is more isolated and has a more natural feel, with only a handful of hotels.

Kitesurfing enthusiasts can ride the waves on Cayo Guillermo thanks to its strong and consistent winds. If you want to learn or improve your skills, there are kitesurfing schools right on the beach. You can also admire the kitesurfers with their multicolored sails while sunbathing on the beautiful white sand beach.

For adventure seekers, this is truly one of the best things to do in Cayo Coco and around. Thanks to its shallow waters, winds and easy access, Cayo Guillermo is one of the best places to practice water sports on a trip to Cuba.

Sunbathe in Playa Pilar, the best beach in Cayo Coco

playa pilar cuba

Bask in the sands of Playa Pilar, an uncrowded beach on the northwest end of Cayo Guillermo. Some say it’s the most beautiful beach in Cuba (but we’ll let you be the judge). Sink your feet into the soft sand and let the turquoise waters of the bay lure you in. There are beach chairs and bali cots available for rent. This secluded beach is accessible by a bus from Cayo Coco 6 times a day during the high season (5 CUC per person return).

Day trip on a catamaran out at sea

A day trip on a catamaran from Cayo Coco out at sea is an experience not to be missed. With the warm Caribbean sun on your skin, enjoy the beauty of the unparalleled beauty of the open sea and the pristine beauty of the region. For an immersive undersea experience, opt for a tour offering snorkeling sessions. You can explore the beautiful coral reefs of Jardines del Rey and marvel at the marine life.

Choose from half-day or full-day excursions, most of which include pick-up and drop-off at your all-inclusive resort, a tour guide, bus transfers, open bar on the catamaran, snorkeling gear, and safety equipment.

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