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Guardalavaca holidays

Guardalavaca is a laid-back beach resort on the Caribbean coast of Cuba. Famous for its postcard-worthy beaches, Guardalavaca’s shore is a mesmerising sweep of white sand, with inviting clear waters that provide superb diving and sailing. The resort has bustling markets, beach bars and seafood restaurants, and wins new fans every year for its chilled-out vibe and Caribbean good looks.

Pristine beaches

If there’s one thing for certain, Guardalavaca sure knows how to do picture-perfect beaches. It is easily one of Cuba’s prettiest resorts, boasting endless stretches of pure white sand, glistening alongside the warm, clear waters. You have the beautifully shaded beaches of Guardalavaca itself, with its unmistakable lush greenery. But then head just 15km from the main resort and you’ll find the tropical paradise of Playa Pesquero, which is well worth a visit.

Lively vibe

Guardalavaca is the place to be on a Sunday, when all the locals come out to party the night away. Throughout the week you’ll find a number of local bars and seafood restaurants to explore, especially around Guardalavaca Boulevard. During the day, while away the hours sipping a cocktail in a beach bar, or browse for souvenirs in one of the bustling markets.

Awesome activities

Seeking out the best bargains at the local markets isn’t the only thing to keep you entertained whilst on holiday in Guardalavaca. The resort is great for those who want to spend their time soaking up the sun on its spectacular beaches. But it’s also great for water sports, horse riding, boat trips, swimming with dolphins and much more. You’ll be needing to book another holiday just to recover from this one.

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June is the hottest month with an average temperature of 27°C while the winters are warm too with an average of 21°C.

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Holguin Airport (HOG).

Guardalavaca is best for...

Couples: Spend the sunny days relaxing on the deck of a catamaran and the balmy nights drinking cocktails on the waterfront. 

Beach lovers: The pristine coastline is a beach lover’s paradise, with pure white sand and swaying palm trees. 

Divers: Guardalavaca is a spectacular place to dive, with excellent visibility and a wealth of underwater sites to explore.

Fast facts for Guardalavaca

Language: The language spoken in Guardalavaca is Spanish.

Currency: The currency used in Guardalavaca is the peso.

Local time: Guardalavaca is 5 hours behind GMT/UK time.

Fly to: José Martí International Airport.

Flight time from UK: The flight time to Guardalavaca is 10 hours.

Visa / Health: Before you travel, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/cuba for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to Guardalavaca.

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Getting around Guardalavaca

By taxi: Taxis are easy to find in Guardalavaca, and are always available at the airport for transfers. Hotels can arrange taxis for day trips, although they can be an expensive option for long journeys. 

By bike: Bicycles and mopeds are a popular way of getting around Guardalavaca. Many hotels will provide bicycles free of charge, or at least very cheaply. A driving license is required for moped hire. 

By bus: The open-top buses provide an affordable, hop on/hop off method of transport and are handy for getting to nearby towns and cities. 

Events in Guardalavaca

Full moon festival: In December, the Full Moon Festival takes place for three days in Guardalavaca. The event attracts locals and visitors to experience the live music, dancing and market stalls. Forget English music festivals in fields – this one takes place on the golden sands of Guardalavaca’s beautiful beach. 

Carnival: Cuba is an exciting place to celebrate Carnival, which takes place every year in August. There are lots of celebrations to experience in the nearby city of Holguin, around 45 minutes’ drive from Guardalavaca. Festivities include parades, musical performances, costumes and a big party atmosphere. 

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