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Jardines del Rey

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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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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).

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.

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

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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 Cuban'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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See detailed entries under Cayo Coco and Cayo Guillermo.

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Get out

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