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 int'l airport is located 1 hour 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 ».

A new Royal Service & Spa section is under construction at the hotel Playa Pesquero

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

The Paradisus Rio de Oro introduced in early 2010 its luxury area called Royal Service located in the Eastern sector of the hotel.

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, Cuba authority systematically stamps all passports when entering and leaving the country. Note that the departure tax remains unchanged at 25 CUC per person (in cash only). As of May 1, 2015, the Cuban Departure Tax may be included in the price of your trip. This is the case for all Canadian tour operators and travel agencies who now include the departure tax in their price when selling packages and flight to Cuba.

The Cuban President Raul Castro announced in October 2013 the beginning of the process that will put an end to the two currencies circulating for 19 years on the island. It is important not to bring Convertible Peso (CUC) outside Cuba. More information to come!

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