Holguín at a glance
Capital City
Holguin province - geographic location in Cuba
Province Holguin in Cuba - coat of arms
734 km
Santiago de Cuba
198 km


  • The capital Holguin city with its beautiful parks.
  • Scuba diving and snorkeling on the Guardalavaca beach.
  • The home of Fidel Castro in Finca Las Manacas (Biran).
  • Gibara with its history, art, wonderful beaches and friendly locals.
Accommodation Holguín

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  • Holguin beach resort
    Holguin - perfect for beach holidays in Cuba
  • Holguin beach life
    In Holguin you find some of the finest beaches in Cuba
  • Cuba Holguin beach resort
    Old locomotive in one of the beach resorts in Holguin province
  • "Hotel Playa Pesquero" Holguin Cuba
    All inclusive "Playa Pesquero"
  • Colonial building in Gibara
    Nice colonial building in Gibara
  • Gibara in the Holguin province of Cuba
Tourism Holguín

Beaches |
History |
Nature |
Relax |

Christopher Columbus famously described Holguin 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.

Holguin 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.

Capital city of Holguin

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

Sights in Holguín


Guardalavaca is a modern tourist resort that was built back in the 1980s. It’s packed with all-inclusive hotel complexes catering for package holidaymakers. It’s just 56 kilometers from Holguin’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 Holguin province Cuba

Gibara, the "White Villa", is a delightful seaside town with beautiful colonial architecture, pretty squares, crumbling ruins, amazing views and pristine isolated beaches. Its 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.

Beaches in Holgin

Beaches in Kuba Holguin

Beach "Playa 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.

Beach "Playa Esmeralda"

Playa Esmeralda beach has more than 900 meters of white sand and crystal green water. Warm water all year around with numerous coral reefs - ideal for scuba diving and snorkeling.
Also windsurfing, kite surfing and catamaran sailing is possible. In the nearby Bahía de Naranjo biosphere you can observe dolphins and even have a bath with them.

Playa Esmeralda is about 55 km from the capital city of Holguin.

After Havana province, Holguin 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.

Sights and Beaches
Cuba Holguín sights
  • City of Holguin
  • Gibara
  • Family Finca of Fidel Castro
Cuba Holguín beaches
  • Playa Esmeralda (Guardalavaca)
  • Playa Bani (Guardalavaca)
  • Playa Pesquero
  • 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)
Cuba Holguín private accommodation
Private accommodation ("casas particulares")
  • Holguin
  • Gibara
  • Banes
  • Rafael Freyre
  • Guardalavaca
  • Pinares de Mayarí
Cuba Holguín 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"
"Villa Cayo Saetia"
"Hotel Pernik", "Villa Islazur Mirador de Mayabe"
"Campismo Silla de Gibara"
"Hotel Villa Islazul Don Lino"
"Hotel Islazul Miraflores"
Airport in Holguin Cuba
  • Holguin (HOG)
Bus in Holguin Cuba - "VIAZUL" company
Bus stop "Viazul"
Bus in Holguin Cuba - "ASTRO" company
Bus stop "ASTRO"
  • Holguin
Train in Cuba - Train stations in Holguin
Train station
  • Holguín, San German, Floro Pérez, Rafael Freyre, La Canela
  • Cacocum
  • Baguanos
  • Banés
  • Mayarí
  • Levisa
  • Nicaro
  • Antilla
Car rental in Cuba Holguin
Car rental
  • Holguín: Aeropuerto Holguín, Villa El Cocal, Hotel Pernik
  • Guardalavaca: Hotel Brisas Guardalavaca
  • Hotel Mira Flores Moa
Useful Information
Cuba Holguín Internet
Internet - Public wifi
  • Holguin: Parque Calixto García, Parque Julio Grave de Peralta
  • Guardalavaca: in the hotels