The tourism development in this archipelago of Cuba has been expanding fast since many years. The « Jardines del Rey » project includes the construction of several hotels and services totaling more than 32,000 rooms. Currently, the archipelago is home to about 40% of that number, so there are several hotels and new destinations to come!
There will be six hotels for a total of 3,300 rooms in Cayo Paredon.
• Hotel Roca Este I (600 rooms) in 2018-2020
• Hotel Roca Este II (584 rooms / 4-story) in 2017
• Hotel Roca Norte I (700 rooms) in 2018-2020
• Hotel Roca Norte II (600 rooms) in 2018-2020
• Hotel Roca Centro III (600 rooms) in 2018-2020
These are construction names. At this moment, we do not know who will be the administrator, nor the number of stars and services at these hotels.
Cayo Paredon is connected to Cayo Coco by a three bridges. This island will be served by Cayo Coco International airport and the transfert time to the hotels will be around thirty minutes, less than Cayo Guillermo.
A « Pueblo » like in Cayo Santa Maria will be built in Cayo Paredon. A nice place to relax with many services like restaurants, bars, bowling, disco, etc. Since the opening of the Pueblo La Estrella in Cayo Santa Maria, Cuba has been building several of these market centers in many destinations like Cayo Santa Maria (Pueblo Las Dunas, Pueblo La Estrella and a new Pueblo in Playa Perla Blanca), Varadero (Playa Las Morlas located at the marina), Cayo Coco (Pueblo Plaza Flamenco), Cayo Guillermo (in Playa Pilar), Cayo Las Brujas (Pueblo La Flor de Sal) and in Cayo Cruz (an island east of Cayo Paredon).
Note that since the spring 2014, Cuban Immigration systematically stamps all passports when entering and leaving the country. And also: Since May 1st, 2015, the Cuban Departure Tax is no longer paid at destination. It should now be included in the price of your trip when buying a flight-only or vacation-package to Cuba.
In October 2013 the Cuban Government announced its intention to eliminate their dual currency system (CUC and CUP). To the best of our knowledge, it seems like no schedule has been officially announced yet for this plan to eliminate the CUC and revalue the CUP; and so far (2016) there's no indication yet about when the CUC will be put out of circulation.
Lily & Normand