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Holguin is located 680 km East from the capital, Havana. This is the third largest city in Cuba with 1,5 million inhabitants.

Columbus discovered Cuba in Gibara (Holguin) on October 27th, 1492. The international airport is located about 1 hour drive from the hotels in Guardalavaca and 2½ hours from Playa Covarrubias.

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Welcome to our website dedicated to Holguin located in the eastern part of the country, the birthplace of Cuban music. Although Holguin is located North of Cuba (in the Atlantic ocean), it is geographically south of Cayo Largo, making it a tourist destination of choice for its warm temperature during winter months.

Holguin is the name of the third largest province in Cuba with an area of 9,300 km2 and more than a million inhabitant. Founded in 1545 by the Spanish conquistador Don Francisco Garcia Holguin.

The hotel sector is located in the area of Guardalavaca EXCEPT for the Brisas Covarrubias which is located in the neighboring province of « Las Tunas », 90 minutes by bus from « Frank Pais » Holguin International Airport ".

Holguin is a lovely place where the beautiful flora leaves no one indifferent! A major attraction point in the province is the ecotourism excursions. For those who will visit Cuba or Holguin for the first time, visit the page Dangers & Annoyances. You will find useful information. Cuba is a remarkably safe place for tourism.

There are currently ten hotels (4,941 rooms) offering the all-inclusive package in the province of Cuba. These hotels are located on six pretty beaches of white sand in the Atlantic ocean. There is a good selection of quality hotels starting from 2 ½-stars up to the luxurious Paradisus Rio de Oro. A 5-star hotel on the nicest beach in Holguin, Playa Esmeralda. Note that the transfer time between the airport and the hotels is approximately an hour by bus.

Christopher Columbus landed in Gibara, in the province of Holguin on October 27th, 1492. He said it was "the eyes of the most beautiful country that man has ever seen."

The province of Holguin was created in 1978 when it was split off from the « Oriente » area which included the actual provinces of Santiago de Cuba, Las Tunas, Granma, Holguin and Guantanamo. Holguin is divided into 14 municipalities. The hotels in Holguin are grouped in the municipality of Rafael Freyre.

What's new in Holguin ?

The Riu Playa Turquesa is now administered by Blue Diamond under the name Memories Holguin.

There is a 5-star hotel under construction in the area of Playa Guardalavaca. The construction name is « Albatros ».

The new High Standard Premium of the Playa Pesquero is opened since Nov. 2014.

The hotel Blau Costa Verde has doubled in size in 2013, with the construction of the Blau Plus area.

The Pueblo Plaza Pesquero has been inaugurated in January 10th, 2015. Several services ($) are offered, including shops, cigar lounge, bowling alley, ice cream parlor and a nightclub (to come).

The beaches are made of fine and tight sand, which is perfect for walkers, but they are not exceptionally long. Playa Pesquero is the longest (1 km length) in the western area of the hotel zone.

Although Holguin is not considered as a paradise for snorkeling, there are still some decent places like the Eastern part of the Playa Esmeralda and the North area of Playa Pesquero.

We enjoyed snorkel at both places. Visit the snorkeling section of our site to learn more about this activity.

You may rent snorkeling gears at the Club house of your hotel for free (1 hour per day). It is including in your travel package. During low season, you may use it for more than an hour! We also have a dedicated page for scuba diving lovers, which is a very popular excursion in Holguin. You will find information on diving sites and dive shops in Holguin.

Please note that since the spring 2014, Cuban Immigration systematically stamps all passports when entering and leaving the country. And also: as of May 1, 2015, the Cuban Departure Tax is no longer paid at destination. It should now be included in the price of your trip when buying a flight-only or package to Cuba.

In October 2013 the Cuban Government announced its intention to eliminate their dual currency system (CUC and CUP). To the best of our knowledge, it seems like no schedule has been officially announced yet for this plan to eliminate the CUC and revalue the CUP; and so far (2015) there's no indication yet about when the CUC will be put out of circulation. More news to come.

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Normand & Lily