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Cuba: Nautical Activities and Tourism in the Caribbean

Cuba, strategically located in the Caribbean, supports many of its tourist options with the mildness of the sea that bathes the coasts of the archipelago.

The island is favored by natural, cultural and historical values accompanied by dozens of kilometers of excellent beaches with crystal-clear waters and the finest sands.

The warm waters around the island offer unique options for the practice of a wide range of nautical activities like scuba diving and snorkeling; sail tours in catamarans and the life-on-board option.

The dozens of islets that make up the Cuban archipelago are also part of the tourist attractions, offering vacationers the possibility of visiting unexplored territories.

It is precisely in the northern area of the eastern province of Ciego de Avila where Jardines del Rey (King’s Gardens), a tourist destination showing one of the most dynamic growths, is located.

According to the legend, the exuberant nature of the keys Coco, Guillermo and Paredón Grande motivated Governor Diego Velazquez to name this area as Jardines del Rey (King’s Gardens) in honor of the Spanish King Ferdinand the Catholic.

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The main key, Cayo Coco, is the fourth largest key in the Cuban archipelago, with an area of 370 square kilometers and the additional attraction of having 22 kilometers of excellent beaches complemented by a vegetation of mangroves and coconut trees.

Large colonies of flamingoes, as well as other migratory birds have chosen the islets to make temporary stops in their routes, a fact that has been taken into account with the construction of a tourist infrastructure that, above all, preserves and respects the natural environment of the area.

The tourist infrastructure in the region shows a dynamic growth in order to exceed the 20,000 rooms and includes a modern airport, ports, nautical centers, natural parks and ecotourism programs.

The proximity to a 400-meter-long coral reef, which experts regard as the world's second largest after the Australian Coral Reef, adds a touch of class to the options offered by Jardines del Rey.

The sea also plays an important role in urban tourism, like the Havana Malecón (seafront) where waves brake against the long seafront in one of the main avenues of the Cuban capital city.

This urban attraction extends from the bay’s entrance in the east, through five kilometers to the west, with a distinctive design along the irregular coastline.

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