The best beaches in Holguin

Guardalavaca Beach jennicatpink/Flickr

Guardalavaca Beach ©jennicatpink/Flickr

The province of Holguin is located over 650 km east from Havana. The capital of the province is the third largest city in the country, occupying an area of about 9.300 km². The area is famous for Christopher Columbus who landed in the actual province in 1492, in Gibara. It is also famous for its pristine beaches which attract a large number of tourists every year.
Playa Guardalavaca, Playa Pesquero, Playa Esmeralda, Playa Blanca and Playa Yuraguanel are among the best beaches in Holguin. Choose any of them and you will surely be amazed by the white and soft sand and the crystal clear, warm waters. There are also fantastic hotels on the beaches and visitors can practice great outdoor activities like water sports.

Playa Guardalavaca

As one of the most spectacular and most popular beaches of Holguin and the entire country, Guardalavaca beach is actually divided into three parts: a public beach, the Brisas Guardalavaca and the Hotel Club Amigo Guardalavaca.
Besides the gorgeous sand and warm waters, Guardalavaca is famous for its outdoor activities, including scuba diving and snorkeling, deep-sea fishing, kayaking, catamaran sailing, windsurfing, playing volleyball and others. The beach also has a picturesque setting and it offers lots of things to see and to do. Visiting the nearby Sierra Maestra Mountains is just one of them.

Guardalavaca Beach jennicatpink/Flickr

Guardalavaca Beach ©jennicatpink/Flickr

Playa Pesquero

Another fantastic and popular beach is Playa Pesquero. It is almost 1 km long with white and soft sand. Besides the perfect beach, it is famous for its beautiful coral reef, wonderful cliffs and colorful underwater life. The nearby Bahia de Naranjo National Park is one of the highlights of the surrounding area. Playa Pesquero is perfect for honeymooners for example, as it offers besides the scenic landscape fantastic hotels with all inclusive packages.

The ocean at Holguin rognonton/Flickr

The ocean at Holguin ©rognonton/Flickr

Playa Esmeralda

Also named the emerald beach, Playa Esmeralda is considered one of the best beaches in Holguin. It was named after the deep green colored water surrounding the beach. If you would like to snorkel, choose the beautiful coral reefs of Playa Esmeralda. Surrounded by cliffs and lush vegetation, the beach prides with scenic landscapes.

View over Holguin beach rognonton/Flickr

View over Holguin beach ©rognonton/Flickr

Playa Blanca

Playa Blanca is a less crowded beach of Holguin, but still has great conditions to offer to the lovers of sand, sun and sea. It has only one hotel therefore there aren’t crowds at all here. For those who would like to avoid the tourist crowds, it is the perfect beach to visit.

Playa Yuraguanel

Last, but not least attractive is the artificial beach named Playa Yuraguanel. It is about 540 m long and offers white, soft sand and crystal clear waters. It offers fantastic hotels and resorts with great facilities and all inclusive packages. Situated about one hour from the Holguin Airport and 15 minutes from Guardalavaca town, the beach is easily accessible and popular among visitors.

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