A palm-fringed paradise dotted with rustic coastal bars, Cayo Coco boasts some of the most beautiful beaches in Cuba. Whether your idea of a good time involves diving over rainbow coral reefs, exploring remote jungle trails or simply relaxing on the sand with a cocktail and a good book, a holiday to Cayo Coco from Glasgow Airport makes the perfect tropical retreat.
Lap up the luxury
Scattered along Cayo Coco’s sublime white sands is a handful of exclusive resorts, each aiming to give guests the most luxurious experience possible. The secluded bungalows at Meliá Cayo Coco (Jardines del Ray) are built on stilts over a saltwater lagoon and offer the perfect romantic retreat, while Tryp Cayo Coco (Jardines del Rey) has lavish family quarters and a huge pool. Treat yourself with a massage at the Acuavida Spa Talaso (Avenida de los Hoteles), the area’s most exclusive thalassotherapy spa.
Wet and wild
A pristine coral reef positioned just off the north coast of Cayo Coco makes the island one of the best places to scuba-dive in Cuba. Expect to see dolphins, lionfish, several shark species and countless yellowtail snapper, as well as a network of colourful corals and a shipwreck at El Peñón. Keen to stay a little closer to shore? Most hotels offer watersports, including canoeing, kitesurfing, glass-bottom boat trips, catamaran rides and snorkelling excursions.
The mangrove swamps that make up Cayo Coco’s lush interior are home to an incredible array of wildlife. Take a tour around the Parque Natural El Bagá to see thousand-strong flocks of pink flamingos as well as iguanas, tree rats and even the odd crocodile. Nearby Cayo Guillermo is home to an incredible array of birdlife, and keen twitchers should be able to spot herons, egrets and kingfishers as well as rarer birds such as the crested caracara and the piping plover.