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Holguin Cuba

What few people recognize is that when Christopher Columbus pronounced the now famous “the most beautiful land human eyes have ever seen” It was when he got his first glimpse of the Holguin coastline in 1492.

Holguin Cuba Beaches

As a beach destination, Holguin’s pristine sands and azure waters of Guardalavaca. Located approximately 50 kilometers from the city of Holguin, Guardalavaca offers visitors a stunning beach setting along a 1,200 meter long bank of the Cuban seashore. Spectacular beaches can also be found at the enclaves of Playa Esmeralda and Playa Pesquero, the latter having Cuba’s largest hotel all to itself.

Chorro de Maita Holguin

But Holguin is not just about beaches. The province is considered to be one of the most significant burial grounds in the Caribbean region; known as the “Chorro de Maita” there’s a site of a village and a burial ground of Arawak Indians dating back to 1490-1540. Excavations at this site have uncovered 108 remains, including the skeleton of a European.

Dolphin-Aquarium Guardalavaca

Your stay in Holguin won’t be complete without a visit to the nearby Dolphin Aquarium in Guardalavaca. At the dolphinarium visitors will have a chance to see some of the most loved mammals in the world perform and learn about their habits in a natural environment. Swimming with the dolphins is also an option at the Aquarium.

Pristine reefs and abundant marine life ensure excellent diving and snorkeling in the warm, clear shallows of the Atlantic. Farther inland, rolling hills and rugged mountains provide a stunning landscape just pleading to be explored.

Legend states that the coastal area of Holguin was a favorite place for pirates and buccaneers due to the isolation and low population. In fact, the name of Holguin’s famous beach, Guardalavaca, means “put the cow away”, said to be from the settlers hiding their cattle when they saw the raiding vessels approach the shore. Rumors speak of hidden treasures buried along the coastline of the Holguin province waiting to be dug out from under the sands.

In addition to Holguin’s natural wonders, there are urban adventures waiting for you here too. The provincial capital, Holguin city has a fascinating museum in an old colonial barracks, as well as galleries and commemorative monuments sprinkled around its lively public squares. In fact, the town has so many historic plazas; it has been called ‘the city of parks.’

Holguin City Center

The resort area of Guardalavaca offers visitors a secluded tropical setting and has quickly grown to be the second largest tourist destination in Cuba. The clean, warm waters of the Atlantic Ocean are calm and offer great conditions for water sports. Guardalavaca is an ideal place for those who want to get away from it all.

If you are into contemporary history, in the town if Birán, you can visit the farm where Fidel and Raúl Castro grew up; or view the only known gold figurine created by Cuban aboriginals at the Archaeological Museum in Banes. The seaside town Gibara, once the main port on the northeastern coast of Cuba, is a quaintly charming slice of the Spanish Mediterranean.

Holguin is a province of contrast, offering interesting things to see and do for both young and old.

Holguin Cuba Guide


Hotel Villa Islazul Don Lino Holguin

Villa Islazul Don Lino

Address: Playa Blanca, Holguin

Experience the natural beauty of Holguin, Cuba with a stay at the charming Hotel Don Lino. Located in the town of Santa Lucia, only 30 minutes from Guardalavaca, the Hotel Don Lino provides villa type accommodation in Brazilian styled cottages surrounded by tropical coconut palms and beautiful caleta grape vines. Guests will enjoy the private white sand beach and the tranquil atmosphere, perfect for a relaxing beach vacation. If you’re looking for a unique and rustic vacation in paradise, make the Hotel Don Lino your home when visiting Holguin.

Playa Blanca Holguin Don Lino

When you click “Reserve at Villa Don Lino Hotel” you will be comparing rates and availability from all three possible sources:

  • All major international suppliers of Hotel Villa Don Lino Holguin
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Our booking process is unique because it shows the best rate from all of these for Villa Don Lino hotel in Holguin and the types of rooms available. Our Villa Don Lino Holguin rate comparison is an industry first for Cuban Hotels.

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Hotel Villa El Bosque Holguin

Hotel Villa El Bosque

Address: Esq. 9na Jorge Dimitrov, Holguin Cuba

Hotel Villa El Bosque is ideally situated close to the center of the city, guests will discover its personalized service and excellent food, and will enjoy a restful break in cozy rooms.

Just a few kilometers away from the villa are beautiful beaches, like Guardalavaca and Don Lino, Playa Pesquero and Esmeralda, and other attractions such as museums, cays, and a wide gamut of food services.

Hotel Villa El Bosque has 69 rooms with air conditioning, private bath, 46 of them in bungalows and 23 doubles, telephone and satellite TV. Other offers: buffet restaurant, night club, cafeteria, bar, swimming pool, shop, central safety-deposit box, foreign currency exchange and parking.

When you click “Reserve at Villa El Bosque Hotel” you will be comparing rates and availability from all three possible sources:

  • All major international suppliers of Hotel Villa El Bosque Holguin
  • The Cuban tourism ministry
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Our booking process is unique because it shows the best rate from all of these for Villa El Bosque hotel in Holguin and the types of rooms available. Our Villa El Bosque Holguin rate comparison is an industry first for Cuban Hotels.

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Hotel Mirador De Mayabe Holguin

Hotel Mirador De Mayabe Pool Holguin

Address: Alturas Mayabe Km 8, Holguin, Cuba

Just over a century ago, the city of Holguin overstepped its city limits and expanded towards the Mayabe Valley, about 15km south of downtown. With fresher temperatures due to the slight altitude, freshwater streams, and fertile land, farming and cattle grazing took root and flourished.

Hotel Mirador De Mayabe

Mayabe has one of Cuba’s most famous residents: according to local legend, 5 decades ago, every day at sunset a small donkey named Pancho clopped into the restaurant and finished off the beer dregs in bottles handed over by the waiters. It turned out to be brilliant marketing for the restaurant and the Mayabe beer brand. When the Pancho died, his son and grandson (Pancho III) took over. Plying the donkey with beer is a tradition which continues to this day.

The Mirador de Mayabe is a charming and unique hotel surrounded by lush gardens with amenities like a swimming pool, sundeck, restaurant and bar.

When you click “Reserve at Mirador De Mayabe Hotel” you will be comparing rates and availability from all three possible sources:

  • All major international suppliers of Hotel Mirador De Mayabe Holguin
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Our booking process is unique because it shows the best rate from all of these for Mirador De Mayabe hotel in Holguin and the types of rooms available. Our Mirador De Mayabe Holguin rate comparison is an industry first for Cuban Hotels.

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Hotel Islazul Pernik Holguin

hotel pernik holguin

Address: Ave. Jorge Dimitrov Plaza De La Revolucion, Holguin

Hotel Pernik in Holguin has a 3 star rating and is located right in the center of Holguin city. Hotel Pernik is a popular hotel frequented by diplomats, artists, writers and heads of state; it has the a perfect central location and comfortable atmosphere, and its staff are both kind and offer professional service.

hotel pernik holguin

When you click “Reserve at Pernik Hotel” you will be comparing rates and availability from all three possible sources:

  • All major international suppliers of Hotel Pernik Holguin
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Our booking process is unique because it shows the best rate from all of these for Pernik hotel in Holguin and the types of rooms available. Our Pernik Holguin rate comparison is an industry first for Cuban Hotels.

Once you’ve compared the rates, finalizing the booking at Pernik Hotel takes just seconds and an immediate confirmation is provided in real-time.

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Holguin Hotel Reservations

Flights to Holguin Cuba | Havana Holguin Flights

Flights to Holguin Cuba

Are you looking for cheap flights to Holguin Cuba? Immediate confirmation of your flight to Holguin Cuba is just 2 clicks away. We also offer a price comparison of all available airlines to Cuba and Holguin to allow you to get the best flight deals to Cuba right now. Our Cuba flight checker is free and can help you plan your vacation budget.

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Once you have booked your flight to Holguin Cuba, you can conveniently book your hotel, car rental or any other service on this one website, we are also available on our chat system should you need any personal help with your travel to Cuba or to coordinate your whole trip to Holguin. We also offer VIP arrival services, airport transfers and much more, just ask us on our chat system and well coordinate your whole trip for you!

Holguin Cell Phone Cubacel | Mobile Phone use in Holguin Cuba

Mobile Phone Cubacel Holguin Cuba

Holguin Cuba Mobile phone network coverage is very good these days with just about all city and coastal regions of the province with complete coverage. Some remote areas of Holguin may offer limited coverage but overall it’s excellent. Unless you use a US mobile operator it’s more than likely that you will be able to use roaming in Holguin but this can be expensive. Staying connected in Cuba at a better rate will mean obtaining a Cuba SIM Card throughout your stay. Using cell phones in Cuba and Holguin is then much like anywhere else in the world where you can purchase Cubacel prepaid SIM card and use this anywhere in Cuba. You can purchase these prepaid Cuba SIM cards at the offices below and also recharge the phone with credit at these locations. Also, many hotels and stores in Holguin offer prepaid recharge cards should you need to do this on the go. If you have a credit card there are often Cubacel double recharge offers but to obtain these you will need to go on the internet as they are never available directly at Cubacel Offices in Holguin Cuba.

GPRS, Mobile Internet & 3G connections can also be used in Holguin Cuba. Cuba offers mobile internet to cell phone users with almost 100% national coverage but, this is more expensive than you are accustomed to and the network can be slower in Holguin Cuba than other countries.

If you decide to take your own mobile phone to Holguin Cuba, please be aware that it will need to be unlocked and operate on the 900 to 1800 MHz GSM frequency. Almost all mobile phones produced since 2007 are quad band and as such will work but, please check your owner manual to avoid disappointment.

Holguin Main Etecsa Office - Martí No. 122 e/ Mártires y Máximo Gómez. Holguin.

Holguin Cell phone Recharge & Mobile Centers

CubaCEL Holguin – Carretera Central No 11 entre Martí y Holguín, Centro de Negocio, Holguín From Monday to Saturday from 8:30AM to 4:00PM

CubaCEL Moa – Hotel Miraflores, Rpto Miraflores, Moa From Monday to Saturday from 8:30AM to 4:00PM

Holguin Casa Particular | Holguin Private Home Stay

casa particular in Holguin

A Casa Particular in Holguin or home stay in Holguin City Center or just outside Holguin will ensure you experience both the wonders of Holguin’s amazing culture, immersed in one-on-one contact with your Cuban hosts in the UNESCO acclaimed city. Learn about Holguin’s rich history, together with true Cuban hospitality. The owners of your casa particular in Holguin speak fluent English and have a profound knowledge of the city and its many sights. Any questions you wish to ask will be answered instantly by the Cuban family you are staying with. Some of our casa particulares also offer meals and drinks, meaning you’ll get to try some authentic Cuban food also.

Here is a list of just a few Casa Particulares in Holguin which can be reserved online through us.

Juan Bed and Breakfast Holguin Center

Hostal La Roca Holguinera

Casa Holguin Family

Casa Pepe Holguin

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Holguin Viazul Bus Service | Prices Offices Phones Timetables

viazul Holguin

Viazul Cuba Bus Service is the perfect option to visit Holguin. For those of you who don’t wish to Rent a Car in Holguin the Viazul bus service will take you across Cuba and to Holguin in comfort. Buses are new air-conditioned models with onboard WC, central TV and lower suitcase compartment. Unless you intend to take the bus the moment you arrive, in most cases there is no need to book in advance as extra buses are added to routes when a particular route becomes overbooked. Simply visit the offices listed below, buy your ticket and travel either that day or any day in the future. The Viazul ticketing service is quick and efficient so usually you can collect a ticket in minutes. Departure times are clearly shown outside each booth.

There is another bus service called Astro bus which visits Holguin, however although cheaper because it’s charged in Cuban pesos (approx 24 pesos to 1$), the buses are less comfortable and are used by Cubans so they tend to be full on most journeys.

It’s worth noting that if the Viazul bus service does not take you to your exact location, there are a plethora of Cuban peso and normal CUC taxis waiting at the bus stations to take you to your final destination in Holguin. For example:

Viazul Holguin - Carretera Central No. 19 e/ 20 de Mayo e Independencia – Viazul Phone +53 (024) 474430

Viazul Buses Holguin Cuba

Main Viazul routes across Cuba

VaraderoTrinidad

BaracoaHabana

Habana – Guantanamo

Trinidad – Varadero

Varadero – Trinidad

Viñales – Trinidad

Santiago de Cuba – Varadero

Santiago de Cuba – Trinidad

Santiago de Cuba – Habana

Varadero – Santiago de Cuba

Trinidad – Santiago de Cuba

Stopover cities at which Viazul passengers can disembark or embark

Varadero, Cárdenas, Santa Clara, Placetas, Cabaiguan, Sancti Spíritus, Ciego de Avila, Camagüey, Las Tunas, Holguín, Bayamo, Santiago de Cuba, Colón

Major airports near Holguin Cuba

Airport Frank Pais Holguin

The nearest major airport is Frank País International Airport (HOG / MUHG). This airport has international and domestic flights and is 14 km from the center of Holguin, Cuba.

Another major airport is Carlos Manuel de Céspedes Airport (BYM / MUBY), which has domestic flights from Bayamo, Cuba and is 69 km from Holguin, Cuba.

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