If you are looking for beach destinations in Cuba, Holguín is an unbeatable option, given its proximity to the north coast of the country. This coastal strip extends along 110 kilometres between Punta Piedra del Mangle, about 25 km northwest of Gibara, and Banes Bay in the east and includes 7 bays and 23 km of beaches, some of which are simply stunning.
The best area to visit is the 50 kilometre stretch of coast between Gibara and Boca de Samá. Surrounded by cliffs and coves these beaches are perfect for trying out water sports and learning to dive in Cuba among coral reefs.
Staying at the Iberostar hotel in Gibara you can easily visit the best beaches in the area. Among them, our favourites are within Bariay Bay, which includes the Bariay Monument National Park, Playa Blanca and Villa Don Lino beach.
We also recommend Playa Pesquero, in the Bay of Vita, home to Esmeralda Beach, Naranjo Bay, the Bahía del Naranjo Natural Park and Guardalavaca Beach, the largest and best-known beach in the region, located 57 km from Holguín.
Do you want to enjoy picture postcard views? If so, be sure to visit Loma de la Cruz, located in the mountains that border the city to the north 1.5 km north of the central park. If you do not have your own vehicle, you can reach the top by climbing up a staircase of 458 steps, which were built between 1927 and 1950. We assure you that the climb is worth it, for the magnificent views over Holguin and other nearby towns.
While in Cuba, you must try traditional Cuban food. We recommend trying the two most famous local Creole dishes "ropa vieja" and "vaca frita" while on holiday in Holguín.
If you fancy a bit of local culture during your trip, then we propose spending a pleasant evening at the Teatro Principal Eddy Suñol. Located in the street of Martí and in front of the Calixto García Park, this venue usually hosts zarzuelas and other theatrical productions.
And if you are a baseball fan, then why not watch a game at the Calixto García Stadium, home of the local team Cachorros de Holguín (the pups).
Don't waste time weighing it up, make the most of your stay at Iberostar hotels in Cuba to discover this city steeped in history and the picture perfect local landscapes.