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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.

More about Guardalavaca

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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.

Holiday destinations related to Guardalavaca:

  • Cayo Coco
  • Varadero
  • Cayo Santa Maria
  • 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.