Cayo Coco is a stretch of land on the Jardines del Rey ('Gardens of the King') archipelago, located just off the northern coast of Cuba and connected to the rest of the country by a 27-kilometer causeway ('pedraplén'). Though the area was first explored by early Spanish colonizers as far back as the early 1500's, development in Cayo Coco only took off in the 1990's. The development of nearby Cayo Guillermo is even more recent, and in both cases all development was aimed exclusively towards tourists. The key with Cayo Coco is isolation. Visitors to any of the area's resorts can enjoy the pristine beaches and surrounding untamed mangroves without any other developments standing in their way. This means, however, that it can be difficult to get a good sense of local life since there are no towns or settlements for miles in any direction. A day trip to nearby Morón can be a rewarding experience to get a taste of Cuban residential areas, however, and is highly recommended. Otherwise, though, sit back and enjoy the idyllic beaches and absolute peace and quiet of beautiful Cayo Coco.