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Tourism in Eastern Cuba

Eastern Cuba, which has a major component to develop nature tourism, has consolidated its position in the Caribbean island's leisure industry with a wide range of options for holidaymakers.

In that context stands out Holguin province, which is considered Cuba's third major tourist destinations and has a huge potential to grow in short and medium terms.

In fact, the region holds 8 percent of the total number of rooms nationwide in 22 hotels, most of which are by the beach.

In addition, Holguin offers natural reserves like the Alexander von Humboldt Park, and cities like Gibara and the provincial capital, so it can diversify its tourist offers for all market segments.

For tourism, Holguin has eight beaches, several keys, natural parks and extrahotel facilities, especially in Guardalavaca, Estero Ciego, Esmeralda and Don Lino, just to mention some resorts.

Beaches of white fine sand and crystal-clear water, a pleasant temperature and vegetation of coastal bushes, pristine forests and mangrove create an offer that holidaymakers visiting the province cannot refuse.

Chorro de Maita. Taino village. Main entrance
View of Esmeralda Beach
Cayo Saetía. Pier

In 2017, efforts were concentrated in the construction of the five-star-plus 515-room Hotel Albatros in Guardalavaca, and the Saratoga Hotel, the third E (Encanto) establishment in the city of Holguin.

The construction program also includes modules of wooden cabanas in Villa Don Lino and Mirador de Mayabe, the repair of the swimming pool in the Miraflores Hotel and the remodeling of rooms in the Brisas Guardalavaca Hotel.

In terms of ecotourism, the proximities of Sierra Cristal hold unique exponents of Cuban flora, like palm and coconut trees, tropical fruit, ferns and trees of precious timber.

The region's tourist circuits and programs allow vacationers to discover Cuba's north coast, which has high natural, cultural and historic values, in tours that include the Museum of Archeology and the Taino Village in Chorro de Maíta.

Furthermore, diving enthusiasts can enjoy a unique option in Tanque Azul de Caletones, a flooded cavern that has the peculiarity of being in the middle of the most important route of migratory birds in the region.

In the region, Cayo Saetía complements the tourist options with a game preserve inhabited by deer, boars, buffaloes, ostriches, peacocks and wild bulls, among other animals.

Ecotourism also plays a key role in the region's economic development, with excursions to Pinares de Mayarí, in the Sierra de Nipe area, some 700 meters above sea level.

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