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The north coast of Holguín is famous for its beaches, and rightly so. The region is endowed with remarkably clear waters, white sand and proximity to winding ecological trails. The three most popular enclaves, Playa Esmeralda, Playa Pesquero and Guardalavaca, are sweeping crescents near spectacular dive sites. There is hop-on hop-off bus service to the beaches and the surrounding sights.

Playa Caletones

Enjoy fun in the sun with local families at this inviting beach west of Gibara.

Playa Blanca

Holguin Playa Blanca

Continue west of Playa Pesquero to stunning Playa Blanca. It is widely believed that Christopher Columbus landed near here in 1492. Don’t miss the Parque Nacional Monumento Bariay, featuring a large monument erected in 1992 to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the famous explorer’s arrival.

Playa Pesquero

Holguin Playa Pesquero

Wriggle your toes in soft, golden sand, take a dip in the ocean, or catch some rays poolside at one of this beach’s four luxury resorts.

Playa Esmeralda

Just 5 km west of Guardalavaca lies sparkling Playa Esmeralda, a crescent-shaped beach surrounded by lagoons, lush greenery and the nearby Bahía Naranjo Nature Park.


This exquisite stretch of white sand is Cuba’s third most-popular tourist destination. It’s just an hour’s drive from the city of Holguín, and comprises three enclaves: the upscale Playa Pesquero, Playa Esmeralda, and Guardalavaca. Guardalavaca’s economic resort options and range of family-pleasing activities make it an ideal destination for those traveling with kids.