Holguin, Cuba Vacations

Our Opinion of Holguin

As you sit on a dazzling white sand beach gazing at the sparkling blue and green water, it's easy to imagine the scene that welcomed Columbus when he dropped anchor here in 1492. Holguin (pronounced hole-geen), the provincial capital, dates back to 1525 and today visitors love strolling the ancient plazas (or squares) and touring various museums.

Back at the beach (and there are 41 of them in the area!) there's a selection of top all inclusive resorts. Snorkelers and scuba divers love outings on the 900 metre coral reef. Excursions include swimming with the dolphins and a visit to the island of Cayo Saetia where on a jeep safari you can see lots of wildlife including zebras.

Located in the eastern part of the country, Holguin is a place of virgin land, 60 km of fine sand and a quiet and beautiful sea. Guardalavaca is one the area's most famous beaches, offering visitors amazing coral reefs, soaring cliffs and lush vegetation.
Among Holguin's other attractions, there are 34 rivers and six waterfalls, including Guayabo, the largest in the country, as well as 19 historical and cultural sites and much more. The most famous of Holguin's cultural attractions is the Loma de la Cruz or Hill of the Cross, which features a 450-step stairway that is replete with legends and site of an annual pilgrimage.

Things to know about Holguin, Cuba Vacations

Activities & Sports
The many beaches and reefs provide excellent diving and snorkeling opportunities, as well as numerous other water sports. Golf , horseback riding, and sailing are also available. Dolphin Aquarium at Bahia Naranjo presents dolphins and seals in a natural environment and the opportunity to swim with the dolphins.
Dining & Nightlife
All of the resorts provide nightly entertainment but you can also find nightlife in the city of Holguin. Popular discotheques include El Petalo and Hotel Pernik, also La Roca, the most popular nightspot in Guardalavaca.
Pottery and cigars are always popular souveniers found in Cuba. The Guardalavaca Market is a smaller market where you can find some nice handmade jewellery, wooden crafts, lace, and acrylic/oil paintings.
Flying time from:
Toronto: Approximately 3 hours 30 minutes.
Montreal: Approximately 4 hours.
Calgary: Approximately 6 hours.
Vancouver: Approximately 6 hours.
Languages: Spanish, English widely spoken in tourist areas.
Currency: CUC (Cuban Convertible Peso); CAD dollars easily exchanged but subject to 8% conversion fee (10% for US dollars and 11.24% for credit card charges). US-issued credit cards and travellers cheques are not accepted in Cuba.
Climate: Sub-tropical with an average of ten days of rain a month from May to October.
Electricity: 110V or 220V (converters required) depending on hotel.
Canadian citizens require a valid passport to enter Cuba. All other nationalities please consult a vacation specialist or the Cuban Consulate at (416)234-8181 or the Cuban Tourist Board at (416) 362-0700.
Cuba tourist cards are supplied & validated with vacation packages. Some restrictions apply to tourists 18 years & under, when travelling without parents.
Note: Some hotels require credit card imprint upon check-in for any incidental charges. Hotel check-in is typically between 3pm and 4pm. If your flight arrives early, it is a good idea to pack essential items in your carry-on luggage (i.e. bathing suit, suntan lotion, medications, etc.), so you do not miss any valuable vacation time.
IMPORTANT: Each travelling passenger is responsible to pay a local departure tax in Cuban Convertible Pesos (CUC). This fee is payable in cash at the airport in destination prior to boarding your flight, in the amount of CUC$25 (subject to change).

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