Holguin is located in the eastern part of Cuba. Holguin is a charming place with lush vegetation and nice beaches. It is known for its wide variety of eco-tourism excursions.
There are about ten « all-inclusive » hotels in Holguin, distributed on six different beaches. The hotels are rated from 2½-stars up to the luxurious Paradisus Rio de Oro (5-star) located on the best beach of Holguin, Playa Esmeralda. The airport is a bit far from the resorts, at least an hour, but the Cuba back-country is splendid.
Holguin is divided into 14 municipalities and hotels are clustered in the municipality of Rafael Freyre. The white sand beaches lapped by clear water of Holguin are dense enough for walkers. There’s no long continuous beach in Holguin, the longest being Playa Pesquero in the western sector of the hotel zone.
Although Holguin is not considered a paradise for diving, there are some good places for snorkelling, like the areas around Playa Esmeralda (East, near the hotel Paradisus Rio de Oro) and Playa Pesquero. Hotels in the Holguin area offer a variety of free activities such as volley-ball, canoeing, row boating, catamaran, kayaking, pedal boat, sailing and more.
Swim with dolphins. Departure is from the hotels by bus. You’ll transfer by motorboat for 20 minutes of swimming with the dolphins. You’ll see the performances of dolphins and sea lions. A little supplement is required to be lifted by the dolphins. You’ll be back at your hotel in the afternoon.
Catamaran “Crucero del Sol” and dolphins. This combines two trips. The morning will be a catamaran odyssey with open bar where you will snorkel for an hour at a coral reef, plus a 15-minute memorable swim with the dolphins. A lobster meal is served at the aquarium.
Catamaran Ocean Paradise. The departure is from your hotel in Holguin by bus to the marina. Aboard a catamaran, you’ll surf along the coastline. Then you’ll stop at two coral reefs for snorkeling; the equipment is provided. During the tour, there’s entertainment and an open bar. A lunch with lobster will be served in a restaurant call Terace.
Half-day “Jeep Safari” . You’ll leave your hotel by Jeep and head to the inland watercraft; there’s free time for shopping in the market environment.
Island Paradise “Cayo Saetia”. You’ll sail to a small island of 42 km. A natural Holguin Wildlife Reserve. The tour includes transportation by bus, as well as a catamaran and snorkelling adventure in a natural coral reef. The equipment is provided as well as entertainment and the usual open bar. Lunch is also included. There’s free time to swim at the reserve.
Green and Blue “Jeep Safari”. You’ll travel by Jeep from your Holguin hotel to the interior to admire the scenery and countryside. A stop at Park Cayo Baray is scheduled to see the national monument of Christopher Columbus. The drive by Jeep will allow you to see the ‘real Cuba’. You’ll be back at the marina at he end of the afternoon. Meals and drinks are included.
Holguin Combo Tour. Combines a Holguin city tour with a ride on a steam locomotive that dates from the last century. You’ll visit the cigar factory in Holguin and get to see the world’s most famous cigars being hand made. You’ll visit the viewpoint ‘Loma de la Cruz’ (hill of the cross) for a spectacular view of the entire city. Not to be missed.
Santiago de Cuba. Santiago, 2nd city founded in Cuba and 1st capital of the island. Cradle of the Cuban revolution. Your guided tour will bring you to the Place de la Revolution, El Morro, a fort built in the seventeenth century by the Spanish. Visit the home of Diego Velasquez, and the Caney rum bar. You’ll have some free time to take pictures and relax in at the Cespedes Park. Dinner and drinks are included.
Deep-sea fishing. You’ll experience four hours of big time fishing in a luxury yacht with open bar and four fishing lines. Snacks are provided on board.
Holguin is still a hidden gem in the Caribbean island of Cuba. Do not miss the occasion to take a vacation in this fantastic little paradise where everyone will bring back home memories that will be engraved in their mind forever.