The island of Cayo Coco has an area of 370 km2, the second largest in the Jardines del Rey Archipelago after its neighbor Cayo Romano with its 777 km2. They are part of a group of several islands on Cuba’s north central coast called Jardines del Rey or King’s Gardens in English.
About 20km from Cuba’s north coast, in the Atlantic Ocean, the whole archipelago where Cayo Coco is located includes over 2,500 islands and islets spanning the two provinces of Ciego de Avila and Camaguey.
The islands of the Jardines del Rey first saw tourist development in the 1990s, Cayo Guillermo in 1992, with the opening of the Hotel Gran Caribe Club Villa Cojimar, followed by the first resort called Guitart Cayo Coco (now the Hotel Colonial) opened in 1993 on the neighboring island Cayo Coco.
At the time, there was no international airport on any of the islands. Tourists would fly into the Maximo Gomez airport located in the capital of Ciego de Avila. The construction of the pedraplen causeway from the mainland began in 1988, its 27kms (16 miles) length connecting Cayo Coco to the mainland of Cuba was concluded in just 3 years and, with it began the meteoric era of tourism on both islands in the King’s Gardens. A seven kilometers causeway, which ends with a 1.5 km bridge, was built to connect Cayo Coco with Cayo Guillermo.
Cayo Coco is 506km (314 miles) from Havana. Varadero is 466 km (289 miles) from Cayo Coco, whereas the closest cities to Cayo Coco are Ciego De Avila (population of 86,100) at 101km (62 miles) and Moron (population of 60,600) 62 km (38 miles). Cayo Coco and Cayo Guillermo are just 30km apart and are connected by the aforementioned causeway.
Even though there are no direct flights, to give an idea of just how close Jardines del Rey in Cuba is to The Bahamas, the Clarence A. Bain Airport (MAY) in the Bahamas is just 214 km (132 miles) from Jardines del Rey International Airport – Cayo Coco, Cuba (CCC).
With regard to the United States of America, Key West Florida is just 261 miles (420 kilometers) by flight from Cayo Coco, Jardines del Rey.