Cayo Coco, Cuba Vacations

Our Opinion of Cayo Coco

Southern Florida features a string of islands called Keys, and Cuba has similar sunsoaked islets called Cayos. Shimmering in against the clear Caribbean sea, Cayo Coco and Cayo Guillermo (pronounced Ki-oh gee-YARE-mo) feature modern resorts with every pleasure a sun-seeking vacationer looks for.

Of the over 4,000 cayos, these two are the best known. But since they are environmentally protected their development will remain limited. Connected to the mainland by a 20 km causeway, they are known for their 155 species of birds, including colonies of pink flamingos. The flat terrain is perfect for walking or cycling, and the powdery white sand beaches - all 22 km of them - are irresistible.

This is not the destination for the history buff or the shopaholic. But if a Robinson Crusoe paradise sounds pretty good to you, consider leaving "civilization" far behind on a laid-back vacation in Cayo Coco or Cayo Guillermo.

Things to know about Cayo Coco, Cuba Vacations

Watersports & Activities
With more than 27 km of beautiful beaches, it is an ideal place for almost any water sport, from kayaking and windsurfing to snorkeling and diving. You can also try sailing, fishing or a jungle cruise.
Dining & Nightlife
Resorts in the area offer numerous restaurants and bars to choose from. The Salsa Cafe in the Blau Colonial is a popular disco.
A few shops can be found within the hotels and there is also an open air market where local artists display their wares. The Cigar Lounge is a spot where you can try before you buy, as well as relax with a rum cocktail and enjoy the Cuban salsa band.
Flying time from:
Toronto: Approximately 3 hours 30 minutes
Montreal: Approximately 4 hours
Calgary: Approximately 6 hours
Vancouver: Approximately 6 hours
Languages: Spanish, English widely spoken in tourist areas.
Currency: CUC (Cuban Convertible Peso); CAD dollars easily exchanged but subject to 8% conversion fee (10% for US dollars and 11.24% for credit card charges). US-issued credit cards and travellers cheques are not accepted in Cuba.
Climate: Sub-tropical with an average of ten days of rain a month from May to October.
Electricity: 110V or 220V (converters required) depending on hotel.

Documents: Canadian citizens require a valid passport to enter Cuba. All other nationalities please consult a vacation specialist or the Cuban Consulate at (416)234-8181 or the Cuban Tourist Board at (416) 362-0700.

Cuba tourist cards are supplied & validated with vacation packages. Some restrictions apply to tourists 18 years & under, when travelling without parents.
Note: Some hotels require credit card imprint upon check-in for any incidental charges. Hotel check-in is typically between 3pm and 4pm. If your flight arrives early, it is a good idea to pack essential items in your carry-on luggage (i.e. bathing suit, suntan lotion, medications, etc.), so you do not miss any valuable vacation time.

IMPORTANT: Each travelling passenger is responsible to pay a local departure tax in Cuban Convertible Pesos (CUC). This fee is payable in cash at the airport in destination prior to boarding your flight, in the amount of CUC$25 (subject to change). makes every effort to ensure that information on this page is current, however, all information on this page is subject to change without notice.