CIEGO DE ÁVILA was established in 1849 but it does not lack of charm even though it is a young city compare with other cities in Cuba. A day in Ciego de Avila will reveal Cuba at its most modest and unaffected. The province has large reserves of underground water and many mirror-like lakes, among which the best known are the Laguna de la Leche and La Redonda lake. Its two most important cities are Ciego de Avila, the provincial capital, and Morón, where rural traditions are deeply rooted. The pineapple, the queen of fruits, is the symbol of this region.

Places to stay in town

  1. Ciego de Avila hotel 
  2. Santiago-Habana hotel 

Here is a list of ‘do not miss’ if you pass by Ciego de Avila:

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Cayo Coco

This cay is Cuba’s most popular beach destination after Varadero. The cay claims more than 20 km of white sand beaches, the perfect backdrop for water sports such as windsurfing, sailing and fishing.

Parque Nacional El Bagá (El Baga national park) is also one of the main attractions in this cay.

Places to stay:

  1. Club Tryp Cayo Coco Hotel 
  2. NH Krystal Laguna Hotel 
  3. Iberostar Daiquirí Hotel 
  4. Meliá Cayo Coco Hotel 

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Cayo Guillermo

Much smaller, Cayo Guillermo is famous for its sand dunes, which are among the tallest in the Caribbean, its deep-sea fishing and its connection to Ernest Hemingway. Here, you can fish where Papa Hemingway fished, and see his boat docked at its namesake beach.

Places to stay:

  1. Meliá Cayo Guillermo 

Jardines del Rey

Called ‘the Cuban keys,’ the tiny islands of Jardines del Rey (the King’s Gardens), are immortalized in Ernest Hemingway’s novel, Islands in the Stream. Mangroves and everglades, flamingos and roseate spoonbills, sun-bleached sand and turquoise waters make this little corner the perfect retreat.

Laguna de la Leche (Milky Lagoon)

Its shining underwater lime deposits give Cuba’s largest natural lake its name. A refuge for flamingoes, snooks and tarpons, the lake is a popular fishing spot.

Isla Turiguanó

This is cattle-country, complete with cowboys, horses and rodeo shows While you’re on the island, be sure to stop by El Pueblo Holandés, a charming town modeled after a Dutch village.

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