Cayo Paredon Grande
Cayo Paredón Grande (a.k.a. Cayo Paredon) is one of the next tourist destinations to be developed in the Cuban archipelago called Jardines del Rey (King’s Gardens). Six hotels (3,300 rooms) will be built on this small island (8.7 km2 / 2.4 sq. mi) located near Cayo Romano, off the northern coast of Cuba. Cayo Romano is the largest island of this archipelago, which also include the popular tourist destinations of Cayo Coco and Cayo Guillermo. Although Cayo Paredon is geographically located in the province of Camagüey, its closest airport is the Jardines del Rey International Airport (aka Cayo Coco Airport, code CCC); this is a great asset for its tourism development! These hotels are scheduled to open between 2017 and 2020.
This part of the Jardines del Rey archipelago is connected to the mainland by a 27 km (17 mi) long causeway which runs across the Bahia de Perros, from the island of Cayo Coco to the main island of Cuba. The island of Cayo Romano and Cayo Paredon are connected to Cayo Coco by a series of short causeways, roads and bridges.
The major tourism development of the “Jardines del Rey” include building 5 hotels for a total of 3,084 rooms on Cayo Paredon Grande. Here are the temporary construction name of these new resorts:
• Hotel Roca Este II (584 rooms / 4-storey), scheduled to open in 2017
• Hotel Roca Este I (600 rooms), scheduled to open 2018-2020
• Hotel Roca Norte I (700 rooms), scheduled to open 2018-2020
• Hotel Roca Norte II (600 rooms), scheduled to open 2018-2020
• Hotel Roca Centro III (600 rooms), scheduled to open 2018-2020
The construction has already started but we don’t know yet which hotel chains are going to manage them, nor their stars rating or the services that will be offered at these resorts.
Cayo Paredon boasts 3 gorgeous powdery white sand beaches, Playa Los Pinos, Playa del Norte and Playa Los Lirios, which are extending along the northern coast of the island. The southern and western areas of the cayo are dominated by mangroves and lagoons.
Faro Paredon is the name of the lighthouse located at the northern tip of the island. It's also known as "Faro Diego Velázquez", in honor of the first European to explore the Jardines del Rey archipelago in 1514. The lighthouse stands 40 meters (130 feet) high, its construction began in 1857 and it was inaugurated in 1859. This lighthouse is still in use, and from the top you can enjoy a great view of the area.
To get to Cayo Paredon from Cayo Coco airport, you must turn right at the roundabout (1.1 km from the airport) then turn right again (3 km from the roundabout) on the road leading to Cayo Romano. After about 6 km, you will reach the bridge (Puenta La Pasa) which divides the province of Ciego de Avila and Camaguey. Continue on the same road for about 10 km until you reach the junction for the northbound road to Cayo Paredon. You will cross two bridges before finally reaching Cayo Paredon Grande, you'll see the lighthouse in the distance.
To learn more about this destination, visit our www.cayoparedon.net website, online since 2010. You will find in it everything you need to know to better prepare a trip to Cayo Paredon Grande. However, you must be patient because if all goes as planned, the first hotel is scheduled to open in 2017.
Lily & Normand