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Eastern Holguín province is one of the fastest-growing tourist destinations on the largest Antillean Island, thanks to the region’s natural attractions.
The dynamic expansion of Cuba’s tourist sector, after becoming one of the key elements in the island’s economy, has led local authorities to design a development strategy that goes beyond traditional destinations such as the City of Havana and Varadero.

Other Cuban destinations boasting enough attributes to become hot spots for international tourism play a major role in that expansion strategy in the leisure industry. That is Holguín’s case.

The province has over 2,300 rooms run by Cuba’s major hotel groups (Cubanacán, Gaviota and Islazul, among others), which have created a broad infrastructure for leisure.

Eight beach zones, several keys for tourism, natural parks and extra-hotel options complement Holguín’s offer for the dynamic leisure industry in the province, which is visited by thousands of foreign vacationers every year.

Forty excellent beaches, including Guardalavaca, Estero Ciego, Esmeralda and Don Lino, just to mention some, welcome travelers.
Cayo Naranjo Aquarium
Punta Lucrecia Lighthouse
Las Guanas Path in Esmeralda Beach

White sand, pleasant temperature and exuberant vegetation of coastal bush, forests and mangroves create an offer that vacationers visiting the province cannot refuse.

Those who love ecological tourism can enjoy the singular attractions of the areas near Sierra Cristal, where unique exponents of Cuba’s flora, such as palm trees, coconut groves, tropical fruits, ferns and timber forests, are present.

Divers can visit Tanque Azul de Caletones, a flooded cavern that is located under the most important corridor of migratory birds in the region.

The foundation of the city of San Isidoro de Holguín, the provincial capital, is linked to Don Francisco García de Holguín, who, along with his wife, founded the first settlement in 1545.

Two centuries later, Holguín became the fourth city in the country to obtain that condition, since by the time it had a population of 1,200 and 200 rustic houses, in addition to a public school.

In 1863, the region had 76 sugar mills, 750 tobacco plantations and hundreds of rustic farms where the main labor force was made up of African slaves, a clear sign of the development of the territory.

All these elements have turned the province into a stronghold for tourism, with short- and medium-term programs that include the expansion of the region’s hotel infrastructure.
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Attractions   Destinations   Hotels   Nautics   Nightlife   Restaurants  
Attractions
“Eddy Suñol” Theater
Theater
Calle Martí No. 197 e/ Manduley y Maceo
Holguín
“Chorro de Maita” Museum
Museum
Cerro de Yaguajay
Holguín
“La Periquera” Provincial Museum
Museum
Calle Frexes No. 190 e/ Manduley y Maceo
Holguín
Bahía de Naranjo Natural Park
Areas of Natural Interest
Bahía de Naranjo
Holguín
Bariay Bay and its natural environment
Historic Sites
Bahía de Baray
Holguín
Battery of Ferdinand VII
Historic Sites
Plaza de la Fortaleza
Holguín
Calixto García Park-Former Parade Ground
Park
Calles Frexes, Manduley, Martí y Maceo
Holguín
Cathedral of San Isidoro
Churche – Places of Cult
Calle Manduley e/ Luz Caballero y Aricochea
Holguín
Gibara “Union Club” Colonial Theatre
Places of Interest
Calle Sartorio No. 5 e/ Peralta y Luz Caballero
Holguín
Gran Caverna de Moa
Caverns
Macizo montañoso de Moa
Holguín
Indo-Cuban Bani Museum
Museum
Calle General Marrero No. 305 e/ Ave. Jose Martí y Carlos M. de Cespedes
Holguín
Julio Grave de Peralta Park
Park
Calles Luz Caballero, Manduley, Aricochea y Maceo
Holguín
La Marqueta Square
Park
Calles Mártires, Mercado 1, Máximo Gomez y Mercado 2
Holguín
La Mensura National Park
Areas of Natural Interest
Pinares de Mayarí
Holguín
Lighthouse at Cape Lucrecia
Monument
Playa Larga de Río Seco
Holguín
Mansion of the Moyuas
Places of Interest
Calle Libertad No. 148 e/ Martí y Luz Caballero
Holguín
Museo Ambiente Cubano
Museum
Calle Independencia No. 19 e/ Cespedes y J. Peralta
Holguín
Museo de Ejercito Oriental
Museum
Ave. Libertadores km. 3 ½
Holguín
Museum of Decorative Arts
Museum
Calle Independencia No. 19, altos, e/ Luz Caballero y J. Peralta
Holguín
Museum of Natural History “Carlos de la Torre Huerta”
Museum
Calle Maceo No. 129 e/ Martí y Luz Caballero
Holguín
Museum-House where Calixto Garcia was born
Museum
Calle Miro No. 147 esq. a Frexes
Holguín
Park and Church of St. Joseph
Churche – Places of Cult
Calles Maceo, Agramonte, Manduley y Arias
Holguín
Pico Cristal National Park
Areas of Natural Interest
Sierra del Cristal
Holguín
Private Residence of the Deputy Governor
Museum
Calle Morales Lemus No. 255 e/ Aricochea y Cables
Holguín
Revolution Square “Major General Calixto Garcia”-Mausoleum and Forest of the Heroes
Monument
Ave. XX Aniversario y Jorge Dimitrov
Holguín
San Juan de Dios Charity Hospital
Places of Interest
Calle Manduley e/ Coliseo y Desamparados
Holguín
Seboruco Crag
Monument
Mayarí
Holguín
Sierra de los Farallones de Gran Tierra de Moa
Places of Interest
Moa
Holguín
Spanish Casino
Places of Interest
Calle Luz Caballero No. 22 e/ General Soriano e Independencia
Holguín
Tanques Azules
Caverns
Caletones
Holguín
The Walls of Gibara and the Barracks Ruins
Historic Sites
Zona oeste de la ciudad
Holguín
Hotels  
Atlántico, Hotel & Bungalows
Beach
Playa Guardalavaca
Holguín
Breezes Costa Verde, Hotel
Beach
Playa Pesquero
Holguín
Cayo Naranjo, Cabana
Beach
Carretera a Guardalavaca, Bahía de Naranjo
Holguín
Cayo Saetía, Villa
Nature
Cayo Saetía
Holguín
Costa Verde Beach Resort
Beach
Playa Pesquero Nuevo
Holguín
El Bosque, Villa
City
Ave. Jorge Dimitrov esq. a 9na., Reparto Pedro Díaz Coello
Holguín
Guardalavaca, Hotel & Bungalows
Beach
Calle 2 No. 1, Playa Guardalavaca
Holguín
Mirador de Mayabe, Villa
Nature
Alturas de Mayabe km. 8
Holguín
Paradisus Río de Oro, Hotel
Beach
Carretera Guardalavaca, Playa Esmeralda
Holguín
Pernik, Hotel
City
Ave. Jorge Dimitrov y Plaza de la Revolucion
Holguín
Pinares de Mayarí, Villa
Nature
La Mensura, Pinares de Mayarí
Holguín
Playa Pesquero, Hotel
Beach
Playa Pesquero
Holguín
Sol Club Río de Luna, Hotel
Beach
Carretera Guardalavaca, Playa Esmeralda
Holguín
Scuba Diving
Coral Reef
Diving centers
Playa Guardalavaca
Holguín
Eagle Ray
Diving centers
Playa Guardalavaca
Holguín

Marina Internacional Puerto de Vita
Marinas
Carretera Guardalavaca km. 38
Holguín
Sea Lovers
Diving centers
Playa Esmeralda
Holguín
Nightlife  
Habana Club
Disco
Ave. Jorge Dimitrov
Holguín
La Roca
Disco
Playa Guardalavaca
Holguín
La Rueda
Bar
Playa Guardalavaca
Holguín
Las Guanas
Snack bar
Playa Esmeralda
Holguín
Los Amigos
Bar
Playa Guardalavaca
Holguín
Nocturno
Cabaret
Carretera Central Vía Las Tunas km. 2 ½
Holguín
Oasis
Snack bar
Playa Esmeralda
Holguín
Pico Cristal
Disco
Calle Libertad esq. a Martí
Holguín
Restaurants  
Acuario Cayo Naranjo
Fish and seafood
Carretera Guardalavaca km. 54
Holguín
Casa Criolla
Cuban cuisine
Playa Guardalavaca
Holguín
Colombo
Cuban cuisine
Parque Nacional Cristobal Colon, Cayo Bariay
Holguín
Compaygallo
Cuban cuisine
Carretera Guardalavaca km. 3
Holguín
Conuco de Mongo Viña
Cuban cuisine
Bahía de Naranjo
Holguín
El Cayuelo
Fish and seafood
Playa Guardalavaca
Holguín
El Delfín
Fish and seafood
Playa Guardalavaca
Holguín
El Framboyan
Fish and seafood
Playa Guardalavaca
Holguín
El Jagüey
White meat
Playa Guardalavaca
Holguín
El Toto
Light Meals
Playa Guardalavaca
Holguín
El Uvero
International cuisine
Playa Guardalavaca
Holguín
Pizza Nova
Italian cuisine
Playa Guardalavaca
Holguín
Yaguajay
Cuban cuisine
Parque Natural Bahía de Naranjo

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