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Holidays in Guardalavaca

Guardalavaca is a laid-back beach resort on the Caribbean coast of Cuba. Famous for its postcard-worthy beaches, Guardalavca’s shore is a mesmerising sweep of white sand, with inviting clear waters that provide superb diving, sailing and even swimming with dolphins. 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.

27 °C

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

9.5 Hours

Holguin Airport (HOG).

Book a Thomas Cook holiday to Guardalavaca to visit the palm-strewn beaches of the Caribbean and experience the finest diving sites on the coast.

Recommended offers in Guardalavaca

Paradisus Rio de Oro Resort & Spa

14 Nights, All Inclusive
Hotel highlights
  • Adult only 18+
  • Beachfront setting
  • Lagoon-style swimming pool

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Based on 5673 reviews

Thomas Cook Customer Rating
Based on 23 reviews

What is included ?

  • 20kgs Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • 24hr Connected Service
  • Return Transfers


Paradisus Rio de Oro Resort & Spa Royal Service

14 Nights, All Inclusive
Hotel highlights
  • Adult Only 18+
  • Butler service
  • Private beach area

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 5673 reviews

Thomas Cook Customer Rating
Based on 4 reviews

What is included ?

  • 20kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • 24hr Connected Service
  • Return Transfers
  • In-Flight Meals
  • Your Seat Choice*


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

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.

Tourist Information: Further Guardalavaca tourist information can be found at 

Visa & Health: Before you travel, visit for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to Guardalavaca

Find out more: Read our blog on travel to Cuba from Head of Customer Welfare Carol MacKenzie

Getting around

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. 


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. 

Why choose Thomas Cook

With hotels available to suit every person and every budget look no further than Thomas Cook for your getaway this year!

  • Thousands of hotels to choose from
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  • Over 177 years of travel experience
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  • Thousands of destinations worldwide

Holidays In Guardalavaca 
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