Cayo Coco had been on our list of places to go for some time (but there are lots of others too). It is much less built up than Varadero and does have some nice things to see that are impossible or difficult to see elsewhere. So we arrived mid-afternoon from London and got through security quite quickly at the small airport on the island. Then it was just 15 minutes on the coach, from which we saw a fly-by Wood Stork, to the Hotel Meliá. We picked this hotel as it seemed to have the best reviews and was close to what seemed to be good habitat and overlooking an inland lagoon. There was time for a quick recce round the gardens and a swim before supper. A nice surprise was several Cuban Striped Curlytail Leiocephalus stictigaster which we haven't seen very often.
There were Gray and Loggerhead Kingbirds, Cuban Orioles, a White-crowned Pigeon and a small number of Cuban Martins that seemed as if they were nesting in one of the two-storey apartments on stilts alongside overlooking the natural lagoon.
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