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The '''Jardines del Rey''' (King's Gardens) are a chain of islands off the north coast of [[Cuba]].  They include [[Cayo Coco]], [[Cayo Guillermo]], Cayo Romano and Cayo Paredon Grande which are linked to the mainland by a causeway, with a road running along it. The first two of these have been developed as beach resorts.
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The '''Jardines del Rey''' (Gardens of the King) are a chain of islands off the north coast of [[Cuba]].  They include [[Cayo Coco]], [[Cayo Guillermo]], Cayo Romano and Cayo Paredon Grande which are linked to the mainland by a 17 km long artificial causeway, with a road running along it. (Though the "temporary" bridge between Cayo Coco and Cayo Romano is not suitable for all vehicles.) The first two of these have been developed as beach resorts.
  
 
==Regions==
 
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Until the late 1980s, the Jardines del Rey could really only be reached by boat.
 
Until the late 1980s, the Jardines del Rey could really only be reached by boat.
  
Ernest Hemingway spent time during the Second World War hunting German U-boats in the area (which experience he used in his novel ''Islands in the Steam'').
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Ernest Hemingway spent time during the Second World War hunting German U-boats in the area (which experience he used in his novel ''Islands in the Stream'').
  
In the 1980s, the Cuban government decided to construct a causeway across the bay between Cayoc Coco and the mainland.  This now carries a road, and allowed the development of Cayo Coco and Cayo Guillermo as tourist destinations.
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In the 1980s, the Cuban government decided to construct a causeway across the bay between Cayo Coco and the mainland.  This now carries a road, and allowed the development of Cayo Coco and Cayo Guillermo as tourist destinations.
  
 
The first hotel (the Colonial) was opened in 1993.
 
The first hotel (the Colonial) was opened in 1993.
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Apart from the beaches, much of the islands remain undeveloped, and are promoted as an ecotourism destination.
  
 
==Talk==
 
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There is an international airport on Cayo Coco; one can drive from the mainland across the causeway (toll payable); and there is a marina on Cayo Guillermo.
 
There is an international airport on Cayo Coco; one can drive from the mainland across the causeway (toll payable); and there is a marina on Cayo Guillermo.
  
[Note Cuba's are only allowed in with specific authorisation - for example workers in the hotel, on business, married to a foreigner or with a letter from the local police.]
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[Note until 2008, Cubans were only allowed in with specific authorisation - for example workers in the hotel, on business, married to a foreigner or with a letter from the local police. Following relaxation of the restrictions, any Cuban can enter with the payment of a fee.]
  
 
==Get around==
 
==Get around==
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Though organized tours exist, it is also possible to rent a private taxi for the day (ideally 5 or 6 people) to visit Moron and see a bit of the real Cuba. Ask around for more information.
  
 
==See==
 
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==Drink==
 
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Apart from the hotels, there is a bar on the causeway to the mainland, and a nightclub underground.
  
 
==Stay safe==
 
==Stay safe==
  
 
==Get out==
 
==Get out==
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The nearest town, on the mainland, is [[Morón]].
  
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Revision as of 00:49, 15 May 2009

The Jardines del Rey (Gardens of the King) are a chain of islands off the north coast of Cuba. They include Cayo Coco, Cayo Guillermo, Cayo Romano and Cayo Paredon Grande which are linked to the mainland by a 17 km long artificial causeway, with a road running along it. (Though the "temporary" bridge between Cayo Coco and Cayo Romano is not suitable for all vehicles.) The first two of these have been developed as beach resorts.

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Understand

Until the late 1980s, the Jardines del Rey could really only be reached by boat.

Ernest Hemingway spent time during the Second World War hunting German U-boats in the area (which experience he used in his novel Islands in the Stream).

In the 1980s, the Cuban government decided to construct a causeway across the bay between Cayo Coco and the mainland. This now carries a road, and allowed the development of Cayo Coco and Cayo Guillermo as tourist destinations.

The first hotel (the Colonial) was opened in 1993.

Apart from the beaches, much of the islands remain undeveloped, and are promoted as an ecotourism destination.

Talk

Get in

There is an international airport on Cayo Coco; one can drive from the mainland across the causeway (toll payable); and there is a marina on Cayo Guillermo.

[Note until 2008, Cubans were only allowed in with specific authorisation - for example workers in the hotel, on business, married to a foreigner or with a letter from the local police. Following relaxation of the restrictions, any Cuban can enter with the payment of a fee.]

Get around

Though organized tours exist, it is also possible to rent a private taxi for the day (ideally 5 or 6 people) to visit Moron and see a bit of the real Cuba. Ask around for more information.

See

Itineraries

Do

Sleep

See detailed entries under Cayo Coco and Cayo Guillermo.

Drink

Apart from the hotels, there is a bar on the causeway to the mainland, and a nightclub underground.

Stay safe

Get out

The nearest town, on the mainland, is Morón.

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