The Jardines del Rey (King’s Gardens) is the name of a chain of islands located off the northern coast of Cuba. The Jardines del Rey archipelago is itself part of a larger one called Sabana-Camaguey with over 2,500 small islands stretching for about 450 km (280 mi) along the Atlantic coast of Cuba’s main island, from Punta Maternillos in the province of Camaguey (near Playa Santa Lucia) up to Punta Hicacos (the tip of Varadero’s Peninsula) in the province of Matanzas.
The Jardines del Rey extend for 200 km (124 mi) on the south-eastern part of the Sabana-Camaguey archipelago and include, among others, the following keys (from west to east): Cayo Las Brujas, Cayo Frances, Cayo Ensenachos, Cayo Santa Maria, Cayo Guillermo, Cayo Coco, Cayo Romano, Cayo Paredon Grande, Cayo Anton Chico, Cayo Megano Grande, Cayo Cruz, Cayo Guajaba, Cayo Sabinal.
The archipelago is connected with the main island of Cuba via three causeways (locally called Pedraplen). Cayo Coco to the main island in the province of Ciego de Avila (inaugurated on July 26th, 1988). Cayo Guillermo is connected to Cayo Coco via a short bridge. The “Cayos de Villa Clara” (Cayo Las Brujas, Cayo Ensenachos and Cayo Santa Maria) are connected to the mainland by a 48-km causeway (inaugurated in 1999). There’s a third one in the Camaguey province connecting the main island with Cayo Romano and Cayo Cruz.
Cayo Coco is a small island part of the “Jardines del Rey” (King’s Gardens) archipelago located off the northern coast of Cuba (Atlantic side), in the province of Ciego de Avila. It’s a popular tourist destination known for its stunning beaches and coral reefs. Cayo Coco has a superficies of about 370 sq. km (143 sq. mi), making it the second-largest in the Jardines del Rey after its neighbour Cayo Romano (465 sq. km). It’s named after the white ibis which is locally called coco bird.
Cayo Guillermo is a tiny island of about 13 km2 (5 sq. mi). It’s part of an archipelago (and popular tourist destination) called “Jardines del Rey” (King’s Gardens), located off the northern coast of Cuba. On its neighbour, Cayo Coco, you’ll find the Jardines del Rey International Airport (aka Cayo Coco Airport), inaugurated in December 2002 and completely rebuilt in 2017. Hotels on Cayo Guillermo are about a 45 minutes’ ride from this airport. A 300-meter-long bridge connects the two cayos.
Cayo Cruz is an islet (about 32 Km2) of the eastern part of the Jardines del Rey Archipelago, in the province of Camaguey. In 2019, this cayo becomes a new island resort of the tourist pole “Jardines del Rey” with the opening of its first hotels. It boasts several kilometres of pristine beaches and natural surroundings. Cayo Cruz is served by the Cayo Coco International Airport (Aeropuerto Jardines del Rey), located about 1 hour away.
Cayo Paredón Grande (a.k.a. Cayo Paredon) is one of the next tourist destinations to be developed in the Cuban archipelago called Jardines del Rey (King’s Gardens) off the northern coast of Cuba, next to Cayo Romano which is the largest island of this archipelago, which also include the popular tourist destinations of Cayo Coco and Cayo Guillermo.
Ciego de Ávila province has one of the most important tourist centres of the island, Jardines del Rey, with its excellent tropical climate and its calm Caribbean beaches and perfect weather almost all year round; These are the favourites of the tourists who enjoy in the resorts or the security that present their isolation and its shallow waters. Resorts that are most popular with our guests are Cayo Coco and Cayo Guillermo.