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Cuba: Islets for Tourism

The sustained growth of tourism in Cuba, with sustained annual figures above three million international visitors, has a strategy of diversification of offers that goes beyond the big island.

In this direction, we can highlight the various options offered by areas such as Jardines del Rey, in the north of Ciego de Avila, in the central region (with Santa Marina at the top), Cayo Largo del Sur and Levisa, in the west.

The first of these areas includes cays such as Coco, Guillermo and Paredón Grande, where its beauty led the conquistador Diego Velázquez to name that place in homage to the Spanish monarch Fernando El Católico.

The main one, Cayo Coco, occupies the fourth position in extension in the Cuban archipelago, with an area of 370 square kilometers and the additional attraction that offer 22 kilometers of excellent beaches, complemented with a vegetation of mangrove and coconut trees.

Numerous colonies of flamingos and other migratory birds choose the islets as a site of obligatory scale; a situation that man has been responsible for preserving with the construction of an infrastructure for tourism that seeks in the first order to respect the natural environment.

Guillermo is one of the smallest in the area, with just 18 square kilometers of extension, although abundant in a flora that also includes species such as mahogany, seedlings and junipers.

Meliá Cayo Guillermo. Room
Meliá Cayo Guillermo. Swimming pool

Among its attributes is Pilar beach, classified by experts among the best in the world, with dunes up to 15 meters high, one of the most significant in the Caribbean area.

There are also more than 30 sites suitable for scuba diving or other water sports, as well as Kite Surfing, especially in Cayo Guillermo.

The infrastructure of the leisure industry in that region shows a dynamic growth, with the final objective of reaching over 20,000 rooms, to which are added a modern air terminal, ports, nautical bases, natural parks and, of course, programs of ecotourism.

The proximity of a coral barrier of 400 km, considered by the experts as the second in importance worldwide - after the Australian - adds a touch of distinction to the offer of Jardines del Rey, with the most varied diving activities for the lovers of diving, in waters of pleasant temperature and excellent visibility.

About two dozen facilities make up the accommodation infrastructure in the aforementioned destination, which together contribute with about 9,000 rooms in a developing program of expansion.

In addition, is the new climbing park Rocarena or Torre de Cristal, ideal for lovers of adventure tourism.

First of its kind in Latin America, it has 13 meters-height in three levels and 18 masts of 32 meters, with capacity for 120 people, who can enjoy along with the varied attractions that the installation offers.

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