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Which resort in Cayo Coco??

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WE are planning a trip to Cuba this winter with our two kids (12 & 14) and would like any information that would be helpful. From what I have read, Cayo Coco sounds wonderful. I am interested in an all inclusive that has lots of shade areas around the pool and on the beach.I heard that Tryp Cayo Coco has only 12 or so straw umbrellas on the beach and nothing around the pool. Not many for a 1000 room resort!!!! How is the Sol Club and the new Melia (opening soon)? I am looking for a beautiful pool and beach area (with shade),good snorkeling, nice room suitable for 4, good food, and a bit of entertainment. Also, which resort would be better for teenagers? Is there good snorkeling from shore or do you have to go by boat?

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    We were at the Sol Melia in April '98 and were very impressed with the resort. The rooms were as nice as any high end hotel in our area. Spotlessly clean, consistent water, in room safe ($10 for the week) a fridge, two huge beds, balcony, tub and shower, bedet even a bathroom scale (like we wanted that!) The food was very good, excellent variety and alot prepared fresh in front of you. The pool area is very nice with real comfy chairs and a bar very close by. There is a lunch restaurant there as well so you can eat by the pool. There is also an open air covered restaurant down at the beach. You may be a little disappointed by the beach as we lost it the third day there. El Nino really sucked it up and ripped up Palm Trees that were lining the beach. There is a ton of activities for the kids. Even the disco caters to the younger crowd from 7 to 9p.m. and the acitivity staff handles that end of it. We went to Club Tryp a few times (its a beautiful walk down the beach). It is not my idea of a relaxing resort - too many people. There is very few trees on the beach and they had the same problem with losing beach. Don't let the beach part disappoint you as it could be better by now. For the kids sake I hope so as Sol Melia had a very good water program with a really cute instructor! Take the day trip into Moron ($25.00) its a great value. You go to the largest bass fishing spot in the world, go for a boat ride, have lunch then go into town. We took very needed supplies as the people are poor. Dinky toys are a big hit, shoes are badly needed and any t-shirts with brand names are very much appreciated. We tipped the hotel staff with goods instead of money (cosmetics, nylons, ball caps etc.) You will love Cayo Coco - it is so unspoiled. Enjoy and if you need any more info just ask.

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