Cuba, famous all over the world for its natural, historic and cultural wealth, also offers unique sites for rest and recreation.
Traditional sun and beach options are available in Havana and in the world-famous Varadero beach.
However, eastern Cuba also offers one-of-a-kind tourist treasures, especially Holguín province, where vacationers can enjoy excellent beaches.
In Holguín is Guardalavaca beach, a perfect combination of fine sand and blue sea, surrounded by mountains and green vegetation.
A sand strip that is 40 meters wide and over 1,300 meters long offers an exuberant environment to vacationers, who can also visit similar beaches in the province, including Esmeralda, Pesquero and Don Lino.
The region's exuberant vegetation begins a few steps from the beach, providing a unique spectacle that combines blue and green.
Several keys, natural parks and extrahotel establishment complement the tourism options in Holguín province, which is visited by thousands of foreign vacationers every year.
Nature lovers can tour Sierra Cristal, where unique plant species like palms, coconuts, tropical fruit trees, ferns and precious timber trees grow.
Divers can enjoy a one-of-a-kind option in Tanque Azul de Caletones, a flooded cavern that is located in the region's most important route of migratory birds.
Holguín boasts 14 major cities, including Banes – which is considered Cuba's archeological capital – and Gibara – which is well preserved and boasts a beautiful Spanish colonial architecture.
It is in Holguín where Bariay, the place where Admiral Christopher Columbus first landed in Cuba in 1492, is located.
Cayo Saetía complements Holguín's tourist options with a game preserve where travelers come face to face with deer, wild boars, buffaloes, ostriches, peacocks and wild bulls, among other animals.
Valleys and hills are complemented by exuberant vegetation and endemic fauna, including Cuba's national bird, the tocororo (Cuban trogon), and woodpeckers, parrots, hutias and wild horses.
Underground, tourists can visit big caves, including Gran Tierra de Moa, which is one of the largest caverns in Cuba.