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Cuba tourism Granma

Tourism: Beach | History | Nature | Diving | 

Granma Province, with its fascinating history, is synonymous with Cuban communism. It’s home to beautiful Caribbean beaches and the Sierra Maestra mountain range, with their lush green vegetation and majestic views. It’s not your average package holiday destination and remains free of mass tourism.

The name “Granma” with its incorrect spelling is named after the yacht that Che Guevara and Fidel Castro used to land in Cuba with their guerrillas back in 1956. They bought the yacht in Mexico of an American who had named it after his grandmother, hence “Granma”. The name “Granma” is now an icon for Cuban communism.

Everywhere you go, you’ll see reminders of the Cuban Revolution and the Wars of Independence. In the Sierra Maestra Mountains, there are various plaques commemorating the 1959 struggle against Fulgencio Batista.

Accommodation offers Granma

tourist accommodation Granma Cuba

Accommodation in Granma is mainly hotels and private rooms, sometimes called “casas particulares”. Some of the best hotels in Granma include Hotel Royalton, Hotel Sierra Maestra and Villa Bayamo. If you’re after a casa particulare in Granma, you could try either Casa Buena Vista or Doloros Masan Sosa.

Bayamo Capital city

Bayamo is a surprisingly free of tourism, despite the provinces’ historical importance. You won’t get the same kind of hassle here from unsolicited touts that you often get in the more touristy parts of Cuba, which is a welcome and refreshing change. It became the capital in 1975. Bayamo is located on the main road between Holguin and Santiago de Cuba.

This relatively untouched province has so much to offer. Apart from epic mountain peaks massive rivers, stunning coral reefs, and a fascinating history, Granma has a distinctly Cuban flavor and charm all of it’s own. Although the numbers of hotels in Granma is growing all the time, most budget travelers will choose to stay in one of Granma’s casa particulares with a Cuban family.

Granma - Cuba


  • Capital: Bayamo
  • Havana:                733 km
  • Santiago de Cuba: 127 km

  • Map & Next provinces

  • Bayamo

Top attractions in Granma Province:

  • Dive the colorful reefs off Marea del Portillo.
  • Check out Parque de Cespedes in Bayamo - the birthplace of Cuban history.
  • Take a stroll through Cuba’s revolutionary past in the Gran Parque National Sierra Maestra.
Where to stay
  • Granma Cuba
    Hostels & Apartments

  • Hotels

    "Hotel Islazul Royalton"
    "Hotel Islazul Sierra Maestra"

    "Hotel Islazul Guacanayabo"

    Bartolomé Maso
    "Hotel Islazul Balcón de la Sierra"
    "Hotel Villa Islazul Santo Domingo"

    "Hotel Islazul Villa El Yarey"

    "Hotel Islazul Niquero"

    Playa Marea del Portillo
    "Hotel Club Amigo Marea del Portillo"
    "Hotel Club Amigo Farallon del Caribe"

Sights & Beach
  • Sights

  • Beach
    Playa Las Coloradas
    Marea del Portillo

Useful Informations
  • Internet Granma Cuba

Province Granma

Cuba Beach: Granma

  • Marea del Portillo

    Marea del Portillo is known for its superb diving. It’s a black sandy beach bordered by coconut and palm trees with excellent views to the surrounding Sierra Maestra Mountains. The beach is just over 100 kilometers from Granma’s airport at Manzanillo.

    Dive enthusiasts can expect to see a colorful array of fish - everything from gnarly Morenas and Baracudas to those weird looking Trumpet fish. Wreck diving here is very popular and some of the ships are just offshore.

    The historic Cristóbal Colón ship lies beneath the surface here. This was one of the ships belonging to Spanish Admiral Cervera's fleet, who lost a sea battle against the American fleet at Santiago de Cuba bay. There are over 17 top class dive sites in Marea del Portillo. You can dive the coral reef here at just 10 meters or drop down do 35 meters.

    If you’re not into diving, you can also go horse riding in Marea del Portillo.
    Then there’s the waterfalls at Cilantro, the Las Yaguas Rivers… From here it’s just a short journey, by motorboat, to other neighboring keys.

Travel in Cuba: Granma
  • Tourism Cuba Domestic flights Granma
    Bayamo (BYM), Manzanillo (MZO)

  • Bus station Granma
    Bus station

  • Bus stations "ASTRO" Granma Province Cuba
    Bus stations "ASTRO"

  • Train stations Granma Province Cuba
    Train stations
    Bartolomé Masó

  • Car rental Cuba Granma
    Car rental
    Club Amigo Marea del Portillo
    Hotel Sierra Maestra Bayamo