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.

Hotels in Holguin ...

Brisas Guardalavaca
437 rooms
Club A. Guardalavaca
747 rooms
Paradisus Rio de Oro
354 rooms
Sol Rio Luna y Mares
464 rooms
Memories Holguin
531 rooms
F. Ameri. Costa Verde
742 rooms
Playa Costa Verde
480 rooms
Playa Pesquero
968 rooms
Iberostar Holguin
638 rooms
Villa Don Lino
94 rooms

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Brisas Covarrubias
180 rooms
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All about transportation in Holguin

At your arrival at the international airport in Holguin.

When you arrive at the international airport « Frank País » in Holguin, you can use the following services for the transfer to your hotel.

Most tourists who arrive by plane at Holguin already have their transfers included in their flight-hotel package (check with your travel agent).

If this is the case, when you leave the terminal, you are greeted by the representative of the tour operator you have purchased your package.

They are usually air-conditioned bus for fifty passengers. Most of these coaches have a toilet located at the back, but make sure that it works before leaving the airport, if you want to use the bathroom at the airport.

Guests of the Royal Service at the hotel Paradisus Rio de Oro are entitled to a private transfer to (and from) the hotel.

For those who cannot wait to be at the hotel, you can buy beer and soft drinks for your transfer to your hotel. There is a little snack-bar near the bus OR a happy vendors with a cart near the buses. Sometimes it is possible to buy these drinks in the bus. The price is 2 CUC for Crystal (beer) and 1 CUC for soft drinks.

Taxis are available in front of the terminal. The transfer from the airport to the hotels Guardalavaca (60 minutes) costs 40 CUC. IMPORTANT! Always negotiate the price with the driver BEFORE boarding the vehicle. Meters are almost inexistent in Cuba! You can change your currency to CUC at the airport. There is a currency exchange booth on your right when leaving the airport.

Car rental:
The car rental agencies (Cubacar, Rex, and Havanautos Transtur) are located in the arrivals area in the outdoor parking lot. It is recommended to book your car in advance, especially during peak season when demand for rental cars exceeds supply. Note that the transfer time from the airport to the hotels in the area of Guardalavaca is about 1 hour and 2 ½ hours for the hotel Brisas Covarrubias.

!!!!! IMPORTANT !!!!! If you decide not to use your transfer included in your package, PLEASE NOTIFY your agent before leaving the airport to avoid waiting for other tourists.

From the hotels in Holguin.

You can use the following transportation from your hotel to visit the beautiful Cuban countryside ...


There is a 24hrs taxi service available in all hotels in Holguin. It is crucial to book in advance, especially if you want to go to the airport. The cost for a taxi to go to the hotels in Playa Pesquero from Playa Esmeralda was 10 CUC in 2013. To get to the Islazul Villa Don Lino, the price was 20 CUC in 2013. To book your taxi, please contact the staff at the hotel front desk. They will call the taxi for you.

Car rental

To discover the province of Holguin and explore the wonderful Cuban countryside, it is possible to rent a car or Jeep. Most leased vehicles have manual transmissions. For all rental, you must provide your driver's license and passport (a photocopy is enough). Please note that car rental in Cuba is expensive. The car rental includes insurance. The vehicle is rented to you with a full tank of gasoline and you must return your car full, or you will have to pay the difference.

The Transgaviota rental offices offer various types of vehicles to suit your needs. There are Hyundai, Geely, Peugeot and Suzuki. The price varies depending on the model and category. A deposit is required for all car rental. The price ranges from 200 to 350 CUC. Insurance is mandatory and usually costs 15 CUC per day (included in the price).

(price per CUC per day) 1-6 days 7-15 days 16-30 days 31-89 days
Hyundai Atos (4 passengers) 40 CUC 36 CUC 32 CUC 27 CUC
Peugeot 406 (5 passengers) 70 CUC 66 CUC 62 CUC 58 CUC
Peugeot Expert (9 passengers) 95 CUC 91 CUC 87 CUC 82 CUC
Suzuki Jimny 4x4 (4 passengers) 45 CUC 41 CUC 37 CUC 32 CUC

These prices (2013) are based on a maximum of 100 kilometers per day. We must add between five to fifteen CUC per day for unlimited mileage.

Scooter rental

It is possible to be two persons on the same scooter, but it is better to rent one per person, because the seats are sometimes small and scooters are not particularly powerful. For rentals, you need to have your passport (a photocopy is ok) and your driver's license. Pay attention to the sandy roads, as there sometimes potholes. Wearing a helmet is now mandatory in Cuba. Prices in 2013 ...

2 hours 3 hours 4 hours 1 day 2-4 days 5-13 days 14 days
15 CUC 18 CUC 21 CUC 25 CUC 21 CUC 17 CUC 13 CUC

Please do not drink and drive, not even in scooter! Holguin roads are poorly lit, sometimes slippery and with potholes. It is essential to understand that if you hurt a Cuban while intoxicated, you will be prosecuted, and you will have to pay the hospital bill BEFORE to leave the country. Be advised!

Bicycle rental

Bicycles in Cuba are now a rare commodity! Several destinations simply offer no more bicycles OR are now paying. The price (2013) is 3 CUC per hour or 5 CUC for three hours. Check the condition of your bike before leaving. The salt air damages the mechanical. Do not expect much!


Holguin is the kingdom of carriages. There are everywhere! You can go to the crafts (flea) market in a carriage from your hotel in Playa Esmeralda or Playa Pesquero (longer ride). The price (2013) is 20 CUC per carriage (for up to 4 people).

Watch our YouTube video of Guardalavaca in Holguin.


These are the old American cars converted in taxi. Since the new reforms, free enterprise is now legal in Cuba. Many of these taxis are owned by individuals. There are a lot in the area of Guardalavaca, near the flea market. The cost is comparable to taxis, but the experience is worth it! We paid 15 CUC to go to Playa Pesquero from Playa Esmeralda in 2013.

« Hop-on / Hop-off » panoramic bus

There is scenic bus that makes the round trip between hotels in Playa Pesquero, Playa Esmeralda and Playa Yuraguanal down to Playa Guardalavaca. There is no stop at the Dolphinarium NOR for customers at the hotel Villa Don Lino (Playa Blanca).

The cost is 5 CUC per person per day. When the weather is sunny, opt for the second floor. It is pleasant to travel around this area in Holguin, and you have the opportunity to see where the hotels area located as well as other attractions.

From Playa Esmeralda 9h38 10h38 11h38 13h38 14h38
From Guardalavaca (flea market) 10h30 12h20 13h25 16h10  

For those wishing to visit the Cuban countryside, you can see the village of Boca de Sama by shuttle (little train model) from Playa Guardalavaca. For customers of Playa Esmeralda, Playa Yuraguanal and Playa Pesquero, you must use the bus Hop-On/Hop-Off bus from your hotel to go to Playa Guardalavaca. The starting point is located in front of the Hotel Club Amigo Guardalavaca, near the flea market. The shuttle leaves Guardalavaca every day at 10:30 in the morning. We did this trip and it was a pleasant experience!

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