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Guardalavaca: Excellence in Eastern Cuban Beaches

Eastern Holguín province has become a stronghold in Cuba's tourism industry, due to its natural, historic and cultural attractions, which are intermingled in perfect harmony.

Forty excellent Cuban beaches, including Guardalavaca, Estero Ciego, Esmeralda and Don Lino, just to mention some, await sea lovers.

Guardalavaca beach is a perfect combination of fine sand and blue sea, marked by its closeness to the mountains and the region's vegetation.

Considered the most emblematic eastern Cuban beach, Guardalavaca was ignored even in some maps of the region.

However, it was recorded in the diary of Genoese Admiral Christopher Columbus, who ranked it among the most significant discoveries during his expedition to Cuba.

According to legend, its name was attributed to pirates' activities in the Caribbean region, since filibusters considered it the perfect place to hide their booty, also called "vaca" (cow).

Marine Landscape, Holguín`s northern coast
View of Esmeralda Beach
Boat excursion.

A more realistic story links the name to a warning from local inhabitants when they spotted pirate ships on the horizon, and a cry of "Guarda la Vaca" (Keep the Cow) warned them about the impending danger.

A 40-meter-wide and 1,300-meter-long strip of sand treasures the most varied attractions for leisure, with characteristics that are similar to other eastern Cuban beaches, including Esmeralda and Pesquero.

Green and exuberant vegetation begins a few steps from the sea, offering travelers a one-of-a-kind show that blends the blue of the sea with the traditional.

Valleys and hills treasure unique flora and fauna, including Cuba's national bird, tocororo (Cuban trogon), as well as woodpeckers, parrots, cateys, macaws, hutias, manatees and even wild horses.

Tourist programs allow vacationers to discover beautiful sites along Cuba's northern coast, characterized by their high natural, cultural and historic values, and including such places as the museum of archeology and the Taino village at Chorro de Maíta, as well as Gibara, a fishermen's town featuring a well-preserved colonial architecture.

For nature lovers, sunsets in Guardalavaca are a unique combination of green from the vegetation and blue from the sea, along the narrow strip of sand at the beach, which is protected by a silent sentinel, a coral reef that keeps waters calm.

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Bahía de Naranjo Natural Park
Areas of Natural Interest

Bahía de Naranjo

Holguín
Bariay Bay and its natural environment
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Bahía de Baray

Holguín
Battery of Ferdinand VII
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Plaza de la Fortaleza

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Church of Jesus of the Mountain
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Carretera Holguín-Gibara km. 17, Poblado Floro Pérez

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Church of St. Lucy
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Calle B y 3, Santa Lucía

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Gibara "Unión Club" Colonial Theatre
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Calle Sartorio No. 5 e/ Peralta y Luz Caballero

Holguín
Gran Caverna de Moa
Caverns

Macizo montañoso de Moa

Holguín
Lighthouse at Cape Lucrecia
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Playa Larga de Río Seco

Holguín
Museo Ambiente Cubano
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Calle Independencia No. 19 e/ Céspedes y J. Peralta

Holguín
Museo de Historia Natural "Joaquín Fernández de la Vara"
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Calle Maceo No. 12 e/ Martí y Luz

Holguín
Museo Municipal de Gibara
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Calle Independencia No. 19, bajos, e/ Céspedes y J. Peralta

Holguín
Museo Municipal de Moa
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Calle Mario Muñoz No. 28, Reparto Aserrio

Holguín
Museo Municipal de Rafael Freyre
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Calle 10 No. 39 esq. a a 9

Holguín
Portales
Caverns

Holguín
Sierra de los Farallones de Gran Tierra de Moa
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Moa

Holguín
Spanish Casino
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Calle Luz Caballero No. 22 e/ General Soriano e Independencia

Holguín
Tanques Azules
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Caletones

Holguín
The Hierro Hill (The Iron Hill)
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Carretera Holguín-Gibara km. 17

Holguín
The Walls of Gibara and the Barracks Ruins
Historic Sites

Zona oeste de la ciudad

Holguín
Velasco Cultural Centre
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Ave. 26 de Julio y Carretera de Chaparra

Holguín
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Blau Costa Verde / Blau Plus
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Playa Pesquero Nuevo

Holguín
Brisas Guardalavaca
Beach

Calle 2 No. 1, Playa Guardalavaca

Holguín
Cayo Saetía
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Cayo Saetía

Holguín
Club Amigo Atlántico Guardalavaca
Beach

Calle 2, No 1, Playa Guardalavaca

Holguín
Don Lino
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Playa Blanca

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Memories Holguin Beach Resort
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Carretera Guardalavaca, Playa Yuraguanal

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Paradisus Río de Oro
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Carretera Guardalavaca, Playa Esmeralda

Holguín
Playa Pesquero
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Playa Pesquero

Holguín
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Carretera Guardalavaca km. 38

Holguín
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Playa Guardalavaca

Holguín
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Playa Guardalavaca

Holguín
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La Roca
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Playa Guardalavaca

Holguín
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Playa Guardalavaca

Holguín
Las Guanas
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Playa Esmeralda

Holguín
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Playa Guardalavaca

Holguín
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Snack bar

Playa Esmeralda

Holguín
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