Holidays in Guardalavaca

Dazzling aquamarine seas and white sun-dappled sand shaded by tall palms and fragrant foliage forms the setting for this charming, laid-back beach town in north-eastern Cuba. It's the perfect spot for a classic Caribbean holiday with a distinctively Cuban feel.

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  • Stunning ocean views from your Havana base at Memories Miramar
  • Wide selection of restaurants and bars at both properties where you can try out traditional Cuban dishes
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Beyond a serene landscape of rolling green hills and shining sugar plantations on Cuba's north-eastern coast, a vision of paradise comes into view - turquoise blue sea and a wide white sand beach backed by swaying green palms. Welcome to Playa Guardalavaca - the best-value holiday destination in Cuba's entire eastern region.

World explorer Christopher Columbus himself is reported to have said this area was the most beautiful place he had ever seen, and much of its natural splendour still remains. Many visitors find that the region strikes the perfect balance - more spaced out than the bustling resort of Varadero, but more to see and do than quiet and remote Cayo Coco.

Ever since its first hotel opened in the 1970s, Guardalavaca has been one of the few special spots in Cuba where tourists and locals alike gather to enjoy the same beach. This gives the resort a more distinctly Cuban atmosphere, with the chance for tourists to interact with locals outside the confines of business and official situations, and it is here that the true cultural warmth of the Cuban people shines through.

Local folklore includes a story about how Guardalavaca got its unusual name. Literally "guard the cow", the story is that marauding pirates were sometimes so desperate for plunder that they would even steal cows from the rural farming community. Of course, others claim that the name is just a malapropism of "guard the ship"-but most visitors like the first story better.

Aquatic activities

Though Guardalavaca has an undeniably beautiful setting, holidays here are all about the warm tropical sea. You can observe its shimmering turquoise hues from the comfort of soft sand beach, dive in for a refreshing swim, or take a more in depth look in a variety of different ways. There are ample opportunities for water sports from the main beach.

Besides snorkelling and diving - and there are fantastic options here for both of these activities - Guardalavaca features a surprisingly attractive aquarium just 8km from the main resort. Located on a picturesque island only reachable by boat, local hotels are happy to arrange transportation for guests.

From the aquarium island, there is an array of extra ways to enjoy the clear waters all around you. Whether you are interested in a dolphin swim, a boat tour of other nearby islands, a yacht excursion, or even an underwater 'seafari', this is a fine place from which to continue exploring.

The Guardalavaca region is also home to the private beach enclaves of Playa Esmeralda and Playa Pesquero, situated on a glittering sandy bay. If Guardalavaca intrigues you but you would like to spend your holiday in the lap of luxury, the full-service hotels at these two postcard-perfect beaches are worth looking into.

Native roots

Even the most educated among us sometimes forgets that many Caribbean islands were inhabited long before their discovery by Europeans. As it turns out, Guardalavaca has long been home to a native population, a fact that is finally being celebrated today.

For visiting history buffs, the archaeological site and museum of Chorro de Maita offers an opportunity to see the remains of an excavated pre-Columbine village and burial site. You can experience Cuba's indigenous history brought to life at the neighbouring Taino Village, a reconstruction of the excavated town featuring native dance rituals and other high-energy shows.

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