One of our evenings in Cayo Coco we took a break from the resort and cabbed it to Lenny’s Bar and Grill on Playa Prohibida. I kept reading about it in reviews on Trip Advisor and everyone raved about it, so I knew it was a must visit for us.
It is the cutest beach restaurant, and decorated with license plates from around the world (but mostly Canada). It is called Lenny’s after a Canadian guy who practically lives in Cayo Coco he’s there so often. However, Lenny’s appears to be what the Canadians call it and that name is not known by hotel staff, so if you are planning on going there (and I highly, HIGHLY recommend you do!) you need to tell your hotel you want a cab to Playa Prohibida. Lenny’s is the only thing on the beach. Playa Prohibida sounds all mysterious and prohibited, but it is wonderful.
The cab fare from Iberostar Mojito was $20 CUC and our driver dropped us off and came back to pick us up two hours later. Very convenient, just make sure you agree to pay on return. Our cab driver was awesome, shout out to Vladimir!
At Lenny’s we had a great view of the water, and the sunset.
And a great view of the band!
I had read in reviews that there was a live band that played in the evenings, so I asked the owner about it and the next thing I knew these two were serenading Evan and I.
This is Julio (pronounced Hoolio) and Junior, two of the members of Coco Indio. They have a third member who sadly wasn’t there that evening, but they are truly amazing. Listening to them in that restaurant by the water was one of the highlights of my trip. They were so good we bought their CD, Pin Pin.
They even let me play the bongos. I was slightly apprehensive about this.
Evan took a lovely video. Please note I didn’t know he was taking a video, and I didn’t know what I was doing.
But that is okay. If that video doesn’t work for you, you can click here to watch on youtube.
They kept going on about Pin Pin, one of their songs, and when I asked them what Pin Pin meant they demonstrated with a crotch thrust and started killing themselves laughing. Then they told us if we wanted to have a baby, we just listen to #3 (Pin Pin) on their CD when we’re driving in the car and when we get home it will be a good baby making time … Good to know?
Here’s Pin Pin if you’re interested.
If anyone speaks Spanish and would like to translate that for me I would be very grateful. In the meantime I am assuming it means sensual times.
Julio actually sat down and talked with us for a while and told us about his life in Cuba. Once again very interesting. He told us all about his kids and showed us pictures, so that was cute. I showed him pictures of Winnie.
And dinner! It was amazing! What a great break from the resort food.
Lobster, shrimp, fish, rice, cabbage and salad. All of it seriously so good.
After that deliciousness, Julio offered to take a romantic picture of us by the water.
Here we go.
I also got a picture with our new friend Julio.
He’s a good guy.
What a seriously beautiful spot.
There was a Cuban family dining beside us, and one of the kids went snorkeling and brought back a starfish! Don’t worry, he put it back in the ocean after showing everyone.
Julio and Junior had to catch their bus to take them back into Moron City, and the walk to the bus stop from Lenny’s was 5km so we offered to give them a ride in our cab. Our driver, ol’ Vladimir, had a CD player so I asked him if he would mind playing our new CD, #3 please. Pin Pin. So we cranked Pin Pin, and I sang along in the front (only the chorus) and Julio and Junior sang along in the back and played Evan’s legs like bongos (he was in the middle of them). And then they got out at their bus stop and we said goodbye to our new friends, and Vladimir started Pin Pin over again as he turned to me and said “I just really like this song.” I hear ya, Vlad. I hear ya. Long live Pin Pin.
Evan and I were saying if we ever go back we will be bringing Coco Indio T-shirts with their album cover on the front.
One more vid of Coco Indio, ’cause I just really like them.
And this rooster that was hanging out behind the restaurant, because I have never seen such a magnificent strut.
Lenny’s! Go there! And tell Julio his Canadian chums Evan and Lindsey say hi!