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.
June is the hottest month with an average temperature of 27°C while the winters are warm too with an average of 21°C
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.
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A sailing trip is the perfect way to experience life on Guardalavaca’s coast, whether you’re keen on finding the best diving spot in the Caribbean or sipping cocktails on a cruise. Allow plenty of time to soak up the sunshine on the immaculate white-sand beaches, and if it takes your fancy, there are all kinds of water sports to get stuck into. Take a day trip to the nearby aquarium for the once in a lifetime opportunity to swim with dolphins, and explore Guardalavaca’s verdant, rolling scenery by horseback or on two wheels. In the evenings, keep it low-key on the beach with an ice-cold mojito or Cuba Libre.
The immaculate stretch of coast is the most appealing of Guardalavaca’s attractions, with fine, white sand dotted with palm trees and lapped gently by the pale blue waters of the Caribbean. The beaches are so long you’re guaranteed to find a peaceful spot to sunbathe, as well as lively water sports zones offering windsurfing, kayaking and pedal boats amongst others. Guardalavaca is a spectacular place to dive and snorkel, with crystalline waters teeming with corals, caves and colourful fish. If you’re new to diving, there’s no better place to learn, and sailing trips are a great way to visit the best snorkelling spots.
The vibrant daily market is the best place in Guardalavaca to shop, with lots of stalls and local vendors selling artisan goods and souvenirs, as well as specialty Cuban rum and cigars. Make sure you’re at the beach in the evenings, where the laid-back beach bars provide front row seats to the breathtaking sunsets, and you can sip a mojito and try some fresh seafood or Cuban-Creole cuisine for dinner. Guardalavaca’s hotels put on nightly entertainment ranging from cabaret to Cuban nights, when you can learn to rumba or just sit back and watch the pros.
Easily one of the biggest attractions in Guardalavaca is the chance to swim with dolphins, with a popular dolphinarium nearby where you can see the dolphins put on a show before getting to splash around with them afterwards. You could even try and spot them in the natural habitat with a sailing trip along Cuba’s dazzling coast, or take a laid-back pleasure boat cruise on a catamaran. Away from the sea, a favourite way of exploring Guardalavaca is on horseback. The resort is surrounded by lush, fragrant hills thick with sugar cane fields and palm trees that are a wonderful setting for riding, as well as walking and cycling.
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.
Language: The language spoken in Guardalavaca is Spanish
Currency: The currency used in Guardalavaca is the peso
Local time: Guardalavaca is 5 hours ahead of GMT/UK time
Fly to: Holguin Airport (HOG)
Flight time from UK: Approximately 9.5 hours
Tourist Information: Further Guardalavaca tourist information can be found at http://gocuba.ca/client/destinations/show.php?destination_id=5
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
Temperature: Summer average of 27°C. Winter average 21°C
Best time to visit: May and June are popular with beach-goers.
Cuba has a Caribbean climate with hot summers and temperatures rarely dipping below 20°C. April heats up to around the mid 20s, and keeps climbing until around July, which has the hottest average temperatures and the longest hours of sunshine.
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.