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Cuba tourism Holguin

Holguin Cuba
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Christopher Columbus famously described Holguín as "The most beautiful land human eyes have ever seen".

This is Cuba’s third largest province and home to a mixture of history, culture, landscape and beach you’re unlikely to find elsewhere in the country.
It quite simply has it all.

Holguín is one of the more popular provinces with tourists, mainly because of the beautiful beaches, natural parks and elegant capital city. Fidel Castro spent his childhood here - in the town of Biran.

Accommodation offers Holguin

tourist accommodation Holguin Cuba

Accommodation in Holguín ranges from casas particulares to mega resorts. There’s a number of hotels in Holguín and they range in facilities depending on which part of the province you’re in. You’ll easily find a casa particulare in Holguín or Gibara.

Capital city of Holguin

Known as the "City of Parks", Holguín is a beautifully green city with a very friendly and relaxed atmosphere.  There are six parks in the centre of town, which make it a delightful place to stroll through for hours upon end. Holguín city was first settled in by Captain García Holguín. In 1525 he acquired a piece of land here and started to build the Holguín’s first houses.


Guardalavaca is a modern tourist resort that was built back in the 1980’s. It’s packed with all-inclusive hotel complexes catering for package holidaymakers. It’s just 56 kilometers from Holguín’s international airport. Although this mega-resort is a million miles away from everyday Cuban life, it does have its charms. It sits in a very scenic area surrounded by green rolling hills. It also has amazing beaches with excellent scuba diving and snorkeling.


Gibara, the "White Villa", is a delightful seaside town with beautiful colonial architecture, pretty squares, crumbling ruins, amazing views and pristine isolated beaches. It’s real charm however, lies in the friendliness of the local people. They’re extremely proud of their village and history and incredibly welcoming to foreigners.

After Havana province, Holguín is one of Cuba’s biggest attractions. It’s the perfect location for a city-beach vacation. It has everything - lush green landscapes, white sandy beaches, crystal clear waters along with history, culture and classic Cuban hospitality all under endless blue skies... Hotels and casas particlares in Holguín offer some of the friendliest service on the island.

Holguín - Cuba


  • Capital: Holguín
  • Havana:                734 km
  • Santiago de Cuba: 198 km

  • Map & Next provinces

  • Holguin travel - Eastern Cuba

Top attractions in Holguin:

  • The capital city with its beautiful parks.
  • Scuba diving and snorkeling in Guardalavaca.
  • The home of Fidel Castro in Finca Las Manacas (Biran).
  • Gibara with its history, art, wonderful beaches and friendly locals.
Where to stay
  • Holguin Cuba
    Hostels & Apartments
    Rafael Freyre
    Pinares de Mayarí

  • Hotels

    "Hotel Brisas"
    "Hotel Playa Pesquero"
    "Hotel Playa Costa Verde"
    "Hotel Riu Playa Turquesa"
    "Hotel Club Amigo Atlantico"
    "Paradisus Rio de Oro Resort & Spa"
    "Blau Costa Verde Plus Beach Resort"
    "Hotel Sol Rio de Luna & Mares Resort"

    Cayo Saetia
    "Villa Cayo Saetia"

    "Hotel Pernik"
    "Villa Islazur Mirador de Mayabe"

    "Campismo Silla de Gibara"

    Rafael Freyre
    "Hotel Villa Islazul Don Lino"

    "Hotel Islazul Miraflores"

Sights & Beach
  • Sights

  • Beach
    Playa Esmeralda (Guardalavaca)
    Playa Bani (Guardalavaca)
    Playa Pesquera
    Playa Pesquera Nueva
    Playa Blanca
    Playa Juan Antonio
    Playa Velazquez
    Playa Gibara
    Playa La Concha (Gibara)
    Playa de Puercos
    Playa del Bajo
    Playa Bariay
    Playa de los Muertos (El Salado)
    Playa Larga (El Salado)
    Playa de Puerto Rico
    Playa de Morales
    Playa Pilon (Bahía de Banés)
    Playa Jamaica (Bahía de Banés)
    Playa Oliver (Bahía de Nipe)
    Playa Juan Vicente (Bahía de Nipe)
    Playa Manteca (Bahía de Nipe)
    Playa Corinthia (Bahía de Levisa)
    Playa Barrederas
    Playa Tánamo (Bahía de Sagua de Tánamo)

Useful Informations
  • Internet Holguín Cuba
    Telephone company ETECSA wifi-zones (get your prepaid-card in their office):

    - Parque Calixto García
    - Parque Julio Grave de Peralta

Province Holguín

Cuba Beach: Holguín

  • Cuba beaches: Holguin - Beach Guardalavaca

    This beach is about three kilometers long and has amazing turquoise blue waters. The water is warm and protected by coral reefs 300 meters out to sea. It’s a popular scuba diving spot and home to a variety of colorful marine life including swordfish and peacock fish. Most of the sites offer dives up to 20 meters. You can also go cave diving in this area.

  • Cuba beaches: Holguin - Beach Playa Esmeralda

    La "Playa Esmeralda", se extiende por más de 900 metros y tiene una de las más verdes aguas que alguna vez pueda ver. Está alrededor de 55 kilómetros de la capital, Holguín. Las aguas son cálidas durante todo el año con muchos arrecifes de coral, excelentes para el buceo y el snorkeling.

    Otros deportes acuáticos populares aquí incluyen catamarán o windsurf. También existe una zona de Reserva Natural, en la cercana Bahía de Naranjo, donde se pueden observar delfines e incluso nadar con ellos .

Travel in Cuba: Holguín
  • Tourism Cuba Domestic flights Holguín
    Holguin (HOG)

  • Bus station Holguín
    Bus station

  • Bus stations "ASTRO" Holguín Province Cuba
    Bus stations "ASTRO"

  • Train stations Holguín Province Cuba
    Train stations
    Holguín, San German, Floro Pérez, Rafael Freyre, La Canela

  • Car rental Cuba Holguín
    Car rental
    Holguín: Aeropuerto Holguín, Villa El Cocal, Hotel Pernik
    Guardalavaca: Hotel Brisas Guardalavaca
    Hotel Mira Flores Moa