Cayo Guillermo | Province: Ciego de Avila
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In past centuries, corsairs and pirates who plied the waters of the Old Bahamas Channel used to seek refuge here, on the cay's off the northern coast of Ciego de Avila Province. Now, the sound of the waves forms a peaceful backdrop, and there’s nothing more relaxing than watching the sun go down by the shore of the sea, soaking up the peace and quiet. Or you can explore the surrounding seabed, with its coral reef and many other species of marine life. Of all the islets in the Jardines del Rey Archipelago, Cayo Coco and Cayo Guillermo are particularly beautiful.
Cayo Coco has 13.6 miles (22 kilometers) of fine white sandy beaches. Warm and safe, the water surrounding the cay has an average temperature of 82.4º F. (28º C.), which makes it ideal for swimming and diving. On land, the lush green vegetation is in a wide range of hues, the perfect antidote to the pressures of city life. It is the permanent or temporary home of countless endemic birds, including Roseate Flamingos (Phoenicopterus ruber), whose largest colony in Cuba is here. You can reach Cayo Coco by sea, air or land, for it is linked to the island of Cuba by a 21-mile- (34-kilometer-) long highway, half of which is a stone causeway that was built in 1989.
Cayo Guillermo is a tiny bit of land that is the perfect place for getting away from the modern world. It has a beach a little over two miles (three and a half kilometers) long and is famous for its extensive sand dunes. Other cays and islets in the Jardines del Rey Archipelago, such as Cayo Paredón Grande (which has a lighthouse) and Cayo Romano , will also enchant you with their natural beauty and silence.
In addition to these natural attractions, there are hotel and extrahotel infrastructures that will guarantee the success of your stay—whether for business or pleasure—in Cuba. The four- and five-star beach hotels blend with their surroundings; restaurants offer a wide variety of succulent international dishes that are given an extra tang by the sea breeze; and cabarets, party rooms, business facilities and other services integral to modern life are also available
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Ciego de Avila
Cayo Guillermo 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.