Jardines del Rey | Province: Ciego de Avila
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Jardines del Rey Cuba The Jardines del Rey (Gardens of the King) Archipelago lies just off the northern coast of Ciego de Avila Province and is part of the Sabana-Camaguey Archipelago, the longest of the four archipelagos near the island of Cuba and the one with more of 2500 cays and islets.
Governor Diego Velazquez named this archipelago Jardines del Rey (Gardens of the King) in honor of Ferdinand the Catholic, of Spain, in 1514. Now, more than 500 years later, this island group still has new things for you to discover.
Coco and Guillermo Cays, two of the jewels in this necklace of islands, have great natural beauty. Here, comforts of the modern world have been added carefully, to complement and protect the environment. Paredon Grande (Big Wall)-the smallest of these cays, but in no way inferior to the others-is about to be developed for tourism.
The region's major key, Cayo Coco, is the fourth largest islet in the Cuban archipelago, covering an area of 370 square kilometers, including 22 kilometers of excellent beaches, complemented by mangrove vegetation and coconut trees. The name of Cayo Coco comes from the presence of White Ibis - popularly known as Coco (coconut) birds - which adorn the islet with their bright colors.
Among Cayo Coco's beaches stand out Las Coloradas, Jaula and Flamenco, where vacationers can go diving and enjoy the breathtakingly-beautiful sea bottoms.
Cayo Guillermo is one of the region's smallest keys, barely covering 18 square kilometers, although it is rich in plant species. Its territory boasts, among its major attractions, five kilometers of beautiful beaches, one of which, El Pilar, is considered one of the best beaches on the Cuban archipelago. Its dunes can reach up to 16 meters in height. Vacationers can enjoy the breathtakingly-beautiful sea bottoms surrounding the islet, which can be compared with a giant aquarium, thanks to the existence of several dive centers.
The attraction that the Jardines del Rey (Gardens of the King) Archipelago has for tourists is reinforced by exceptionally beautiful natural components: its wealth of birds (over 200 species live in the area) and the high degree of conservation of its sea and land ecosystems.
You'll come through Jardines del Rey International Airport, in Cay Coco, only 15 minutes from Cay Coco hotels and 35 minutes from Cay Guillermo Hotels. You can come by sea, using the facilities of the Cay Guillermo marina Cuba Jardines del Rey Cuba.
The islet is separated from mainland by a causeway that begins in Turiguano, which is north of Ciego de Avila and is famous for its lagoons, where trout fishing and beautiful rural landscapes are the main attractions for tourists.
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Ciego de Avila
Jardines del Rey it is located in the province of Ciego de Avila.
In the 19th century, immigrants from Haití, Jamaica, Dominican Republic and Barbados arrived to the province, bringing with the a vast amount of cultural curiosities, like the cricket from Baraguá, voodoo from Venezuela, country from Majagua or fireworks from Chambas. Thanks to all these peculiarities, these immigrants made Ciego de Ávila become one of the most interesting provinces of Cuba. But, it was not until 1975 when this province stopped being a passing-through area to become a place of settlement. This happened when they started to build ambitious tourist resorts in Coco Cay and Guillermo Cay.
In the city of Ciego de Ávila you’ll be able to visit cultural sites like the Simón Reyes Provincial Museum or the Raúl Martínez Provincial Art Gallery, but also to get lost on its beautiful streets and visit its newly-made Boulevard. If we move to the area of Morón, the atmosphere changes, having the chance to do lots of things, most of them related to nature. Don’t miss visiting Leche Lagoon, La Redonda, Loma de Cunagua Hill or Turiguanó Island. In Turiguanó is located El Pueblo Holandés (The Dutch village), a small village with Dutch architecture in the heart of Cuba.
But no doubt, the strong point of Ciego de Ávila is its hidden paradise. It fine-grained sand and turquoise waters beaches, surrounded by lush vegetation will surprise you. Coco Cay and Guillermo Cay house numerous beach and hotels, being one of the most demanded tourist destinations in the Caribbean.
Ciego de Ávila is one of the provinces of Cuba, and was previously part of Camagüey Province. Its capital is Ciego de Ávila, which lies on the Carretera Central (central highway), and the second city is Morón, further north. The province was separated from Camagüey Province in 1975 by the government. Off the north coast of the province, some (cays) of the Jardines del Rey archipelago are being developed as tourist resorts, principally Cayo Coco and Cayo Guillermo. The south coast is characterised by mangroves. Between Morón and the north coast are several lakes, including the Laguna de Leche (the Lagoon of Milk, so called for its white appearance because of large lime deposits underwater) which is the largest natural lake in Cuba.