Steve Screeton

Guardalavaca: A Caribbean Paradise

Guardalavaca is a coastal resort town in Holguín Province, Cuba. It is located on the northern coast of the island, about 100 kilometres east of Santiago de Cuba. Guardalavaca is known for its beautiful white-sand beaches, clear turquoise waters, and lush tropical vegetation. The town is also home to a number of hotels, restaurants, and bars, making it a popular destination for tourists from all over the world.


The area around Guardalavaca was first inhabited by the Taíno people, a Native American tribe. The Spanish arrived in the area in the 16th century, and the town of Guardalavaca was founded in 1522. The town remained a small fishing village for centuries, but it began to develop as a tourist destination in the 1960s. Today, Guardalavaca is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Cuba.


Guardalavaca is located on a peninsula that juts out into the Atlantic Ocean. The town is surrounded by lush tropical vegetation, including palm trees, banana trees, and mango trees. The beaches in Guardalavaca are some of the most beautiful in Cuba. They are made up of white sand and clear turquoise water. The water is perfect for swimming, snorkelling, and diving.

Things to do

There are many things to do in Guardalavaca. Visitors can relax on the beach, go swimming, snorkelling, or diving, or take a boat trip to one of the nearby islands. There are also a number of activities available on land, such as hiking, biking, horseback riding, and golf. Guardalavaca is also home to a number of museums, including the Chorro de Maíta Museum, which houses a collection of artefacts from the pre-Columbian Taíno people.


There are a number of hotels and resorts in Guardalavaca, ranging from budget-friendly to luxury. Some of the most popular hotels include the Gran Muthu Almirante Beach Hotel, the Sol Rio de Luna y Mares, and the Brisas Guardalavaca Hotel.

Getting there

The nearest airport to Guardalavaca is Frank País International Airport, which is located in Holguín. The airport is about an hour’s drive from Guardalavaca. There are also a number of bus companies that offer service to Guardalavaca from other parts of Cuba.

Food and drink

There are a number of restaurants in Guardalavaca that serve a variety of cuisines, including Cuban, international, and seafood. Some of the most popular restaurants include the El Pionero Restaurant, the La Terraza Restaurant, and the El Jardín de Marino Restaurant.


There are a number of shops in Guardalavaca that sell souvenirs, clothing, and other items. Some of the most popular shops include the Casa de Artesanías, the Mercado de Guardalavaca, and the Galería de Arte.

Guardalavaca is a beautiful and charming town that offers something for everyone. Whether you are looking to relax on the beach, explore the lush tropical vegetation, or experience the local culture, Guardalavaca is the perfect place for you.

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Steve Screeton

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