Spectacular beaches like the enclaves of Playa Esmeralda, Playa Pesquero and Guardalavaca make this province along Cuba’s north coast the country’s third most popular tourist destination. Unspoiled reefs and abundant marine life ensure excellent diving and snorkeling in the warm, clear shallows of the Atlantic. Farther inland, rolling hills and rugged mountains provide a stunning landscape just begging to be explored.

The provincial capital, Holguín city has a fascinating museum in an old colonial barracks, as well as galleries and commemorative monuments sprinkled around its lively public squares. The town has so many historic plazas; it has been called ‘the city of parks and the seaside town Gibara, once the main port on the northeastern coast of Cuba, is a quaintly charming slice of the Spanish Mediterranean.

Places to stay in town

  1. Hotel Pernik 

    Enjoy great local art without leaving your room. This hotel in the city of Holguín invited artists to decorate each of the rooms, so all of them have their own distinctive personality.

Places to eat in town

  1. Restaurant Bar Parrillada San Jose 
  2. 1910 Restaurant & Bar 

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Here our selection of the ‘do not miss’ places in Holguin

Guardalavaca Beach

This exquisite stretch of white sand is Cuba’s third most popular tourist destination. Guardalavaca area comprises three enclaves: the upscale Playa Pesquero, Playa Esmeralda, and Guardalavaca. Guardalavaca’s economic resort options and range of family-pleasing activities make it an ideal destination for those traveling with kids.

Places to stay:

  • Villa Cabañas 

Playa Esmeralda (Esmeralda beach)

Just 5 km west of Guardalavaca lies sparkling Playa Esmeralda, a crescent-shaped beach surrounded by lagoons, lush greenery and the nearby Bahía Naranjo Nature Park.

Playa Pesquero (Pesquero beach)

Wriggle your toes in soft, golden sand, take a dip in the ocean, or catch some rays poolside at one of this beach’s four luxury resorts.

Places to stay:

  • Hotel Playa Pesquero 

    This sprawling hotel was once Cuba’s largest resort and boasts 30 hectares of landscaped grounds including fountains, pools and a basketball court.

Playa Caletones (Caletones beach)

Enjoy fun in the sun with local families at this inviting beach west of Gibara

Playa Blanca (Blanca beach)

Continue west of Playa Pesquero to stunning Playa Blanca. It is widely believed that Christopher Columbus landed near here in 1492. Don’t miss the Monumento Bariay National Park, featuring a large monument erected in 1992 to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the famous explorer’s arrival.

Loma de la Cruz (Hill of the Cross)

Cayo Saetia Island

Unique resort features a beautiful white sand beach and an extensive game reserve, where you can go on a jeep safari or hunt imported African wildlife.

Bahia de Naranjo Nature Park

Wonderful family excursion, visit this park to swim with the dolphins and watch the sea lion show

BioPark RocaAzul

BioParque Rocazul

This is a flourishing national park situated in the Southeastern province of Holguín. The park has hills, trails and ocean access; it is also a place where you can sample Cuban food and coffee.


Taina Indian village

Campina Taina

At Taina village, a life-size reproduction of a typical village inhabited by Cuban aborigines of 15th century, you will discover the roots of this tobacco and rum civilization.

Catedral de San Isidro

The Cathedral of San Isidoro is a small but beautifully restored cathedral in the city of Holguin

Church of San Jose

Church of San Jose

The San Jose Church built in 1809 is one of the oldest church in the city of Holguin

The pine forests of Mayari in the Sierra de Nipe

High above the cloud line, the beautiful Pinares de Mayarí pine forest offers a great place for some hiking or relaxation

Mayabe valley

Places to stay:

  • Mirador de Mayabe 

    Dive into the cliff-top pool at this scenic hotel overlooking the Mayabe valley. Be sure to say hello to Pancho, the hotel’s famous beer-drinking donkey

Hacienda La Mensura (in Parque Nacional La Mensura)

Dolphinarium (Naranjo Cay)

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