Jardines del Rey

Jardines del Rey (King’s Garden) is but a tiny island off the Atlantic coast of Cuba. Known as the Cuban Keys this is the very island immortalized by Ernest Hemingway in Islands in the Stream. This little island paradise with its everglades, mangroves, turquoise-blue waters, sun-bleached sands is a sanctuary for roseate spoonbills and flamingos.

Next to Varadero, Cayo Coco is one of the most popular beach destinations in Cuba. Linked to mainland Cuba by a causeway, a 22 km stretch of white sand beaches line the cay. Water sports buffs troop to this area for it affords the perfect spot for sailing, windsurfing, fishing and snorkeling.

Cayo Guillermo is famous for its sand dunes, reputed to be the tallest in the whole of Caribbean. Though smaller than most islands in the Caribbean, Cayo Guillermo attained prominence through its connection with Ernest Hemingway and awesome deep-sea fishing. Hemingway’s fishing boat is actually moored on Ernest Hemingway beach. How about that? – fishing where the great Hemingway cast his lines!

Jardines del Rey keys are located in Ciego de Avila, the fruit bowl of Cuba. The capital city is called the city of porches and home to the best Cuban municipal museum. Other worthwhile things to do in the keys are freshwater fishing at Laguna de la Leche or Laguna Redonda; an trip to the La Trocha, a historic military route and a weekend rodeo on Isla Turiguanó.