Ciego de Ávila



Ciego de Ávila is located in the center of the island, a place chosen by the North American writer Ernest Hemingway to fish in its calm and crystalline waters.

It has beautiful landscapes of varied flora and fauna and has one of the largest colonies of flamingos in the country to the south of Cayo Coco.

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Surrounding Ciego de Ávilaboth to the north and to the south, you will find two of the most important tourist archipelagos in Cuba: Jardines del Rey and Jardines de la Reina.

In Jardines del Rey there are the well-known tourist poles Cayo Coco & Cayo Guillermo, with incredible beaches and an authentic natural aquarium for lovers of recreational diving.

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Jardines de la Reina is listed as one of the best diving destinations in Cuba, having been proposed for Marine World Heritage by UNESCO.


Cayo Coco Ciego Avila

The northern cays of Ciego de Ávila have a special attraction, the crystal clear turquoise blue water of its cays is unique on the island.

Within the area, Cayo Coco is the second most visited sun and beach destination after Varadero.

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This cay also has the International Airport Jardines del ReyCayo Guillermo is also famous for its waters and for its beaches -such as the well-known Playa del Pilar and its beautiful dunes- and for being one of the three spots for kitesurfing in Cuba.


laguna de la leche de moron

In Ciego de Ávila there are two important freshwater lagoons. They are integrated into the Jardines del Rey hydrological system: the Laguna de la Leche and the Laguna La Redonda.

Both have beautiful landscapes and channels ideal for leisure and fishing. Especially the Laguna de la Leche which is the largest natural lake in Cuba, with 66 square km2. Its waters, a mixture of sweet and salty, are ideal for fishing or boating.

Flora and fauna

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The Loma de Cunagua, an important reserve of flora and fauna is another of the natural attractions of Ciego de Ávila.

With its 364m above sea level it is the highest point in the province and offers incredible views of the city and the ocean.

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In addition, it offers excellent opportunities for bird watching along its different trails.

As for the fauna, the inventory cover more than 200 species of birds, as well as mollusks and reptiles. The largest flamingo colony in the country is very famous, located south of Cayo Coco.