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Jardines del Rey, Cuba

Let yourself be surprised by the wonderful keys of the Jardines del Rey, a true paradise that Cuba possesses

Jardines del Rey, Cuba
Jardines del Rey, Cuba
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The Sabana-Camagüey Archipelago, better known as the Jardines del Rey is one of the many incredible corners of Cuba, situated in the central-eastern part, along with some of its most outstanding keys.

Cayo Guillermo, Jardines del Rey
Cayo Guillermo, Jardines del Rey
© Gianluigi Bresaola

Jardines del Rey receives its curious name from the colonial period, more specifically around 1513 and 1514, when the Spaniards led by Don Diego Velázquez named the archipelago after the King Ferdinand the Catholic in contrast to the more southern gardens, which were already named Jardines de la Reina in honour of Queen Isabel. Moreover, they were even earlier the scene of battles between pirates and privateers. This was the place where groups of fishermen settled and their role since the 1980s has developed into one of the island's most prominent tourist attractions.

What to see in Jardines del Rey

Jardines del Rey is made up of a group of ten beautiful islets of white sand and crystalline waters, known as the Cuban keys.

Each one of its keys has the wonderful characteristics you are used to seeing on Caribbean postcards, where the turquoise blue waters and the fine, almost white, sand create an idyllic setting. Among its keys are some of the most renowned throughout the island, such as Cayo Santa Maria, Cayo CocoCayo Guillermo, Cayo Romano and Cayo Sabinal, unified by the characteristic rock formations.

The greatest attraction of the group of keys as well as each one of them are their beautiful paradisiacal beaches and their all-inclusive resort hotels. Here you will have everything you need to experience an unforgettable vacation. they have exceptional facilities that include swimming pools, a spa center, a fitness center, tennis courts, soccer and volleyball courts, daytime and nighttime entertainment, buffet restaurants and a la carte service, and an endless list of other attractions. Some of the best hotels in these keys belong to hotel chains such as Melia and Iberostar.

What to do

In each of the cays you will find the perfect conditions you need both to rest and to have fun to the fullest. You will also have options to enjoy water sports and a wide range of activities while admiring the surrounding landscape. The splendid landscapes of the archipelago are worthy of marveling at. The combination of spectacular vegetation, waters full of treasures such as coral reefs and a rich fauna, mostly native, where reptiles, exotic birds and beautiful flamingos will not leave you unaffected.

Additionally, in most of the cays you can embark on interesting excursions and activities, such as the Crucero del Sol, an unforgettable sailing catamaran excursion around the small islands and nearby coasts, with an open bar, music and entertainment along the way, and with time for snorkeling on the coral reef.
Some of the keys also have specific locations, such as the dolphinarium at Cayo Santa Maria, where you can enjoy a unique experience swimming with dolphins.

Travelling to Jardines del Rey

Although to reach any of its keys you can follow the road that appears to float on the sea and connect with each other. You can also go by air, since the archipelago has its own International Airport Jardines del Rey. It is located very close to the keys of Cayo Guillermo and Cayo Coco; and the relatively close Abel Santamaría Airport in Santa Clara, a little less than an hour away from Cayo Santa María, Cayo Las Brujas and Cayo Ensenachos. This way, that way, or another way, you will be able to access this precious spot to discover its natural charms with the certainty that you will live a totally pleasant experience.

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