CUC: Cuban convertible peso
Gorgeous white sand beaches and blissful turquoise seas are the biggest attractions in laid-back Guardalavaca, which sits on one of the most beautiful stretches of coastline to be found anywhere in the Caribbean. This popular resort on the northern coast of Cuba entices holiday-makers with its fabulous beaches, wide choice of water sports, and vibrant restaurants and cafés. It’s close to the Bahia Naranjo nature reserve, a beautiful, protected bay fringed with forests, which is perfect for walking and picnicking. The snorkelling and diving are excellent – among the best you’ll find on the island. You could visit the delightful city of Holguín, an hour’s drive away, for a taste of Cuba at its most authentic.
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Your guide to Guardalavaca holidays
The main attractions of Guardalavaca are undoubtedly the magnificent beaches, which are dreamy Caribbean sweeps of white sand, backed by luxuriant greenery. You can simply bask in the year-round sunshine, or try out some of the water sports, perhaps go horse-riding along the beaches, or even take a boat trip out around the bay. The Bahia Naranjo nature reserve is well worth a visit, not just for its pristine forests and beautiful bay, but also for the chance to swim with dolphins and sea lions in the dolphinarium. The tranquil city of Holguín, about an hour’s drive away, is a great place to soak up traditional Cuban life. As well as wandering through the charming streets, and watching the vintage American cars chug by, you could also visit a cigar factory or try the locally brewed beer.
Columbus described this stretch of coastline as one of the most beautiful he’d ever seen – and it’s easy to understand why! Breathtaking beaches of sugar-white sand sweep for miles, shaded by palm trees and dipping into translucent waters. The main beach in Guardalavaca has plenty of amenities, including sunbeds and parasols for rent, lots of places to eat and drink, and a good choice of water sports. The diving and snorkelling is excellent here, and there are local suppliers who can rent out equipment and organise excursions. There are more fine beaches nearby in Playa Esmeralda and Playa Pesquero, which are located between 10 and 15 kilometres to the west.
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Prices last checked at 03:09 20 January 2021