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By Amy Adejokun Amy Adejokun Section editor

Our Editorial team's advice

Guardalavaca exudes relaxation; tourists come here for the sun and the sea. This village, located 43.5 miles away from the airport of Holguin, offers an environment beyond comparison: miles and miles of white sand, lined with hotels. The beach of Guardalavaca is open to the public, including the Cubans, while the beach of Esmeralda is reserved for tourists only. Travel to Guardalavaca and you'll feel as though you stepped into Caribbean paradise.

To see

Guardalavaca is the place for sport and nature lovers: go diving, fishing, cycling on country roads or try and spot the dolphins.

To do

Take a tour to Holguin, the birthplace of Fidel Castro, or to the museum of Chorro de Maita, an open-air site preserving the remains of an Indian village uncovered by excavation.


  • +  Quiet and extremely pretty beaches
  • +   A seaside resort that is not of a massive scale, at least for now
  • +   The hotels offer good quality service


  • -  The remote location, at least 40 miles from Holguin airport
  • -   The calm and peaceful environment

To think about

Remember to avoid the cyclone season (October - November). Bring along light clothing and lots of sunscreen.

To avoid

Avoid making negative or critical comments about Fidel Castro, or ask their opinion on the political regime; this may make Cubans feel uncomfortable.

To try

Cuban cuisine is quite simple and not diverse. Chicken and rice are its main staples. It is common for potatoes, fried bananas and yams to be served with the main meal. Make it your mission to taste the local lobster!

To bring back

Of course, Cuban rum is excellent, as are the cigars. The local shirts, known as guayabera and straw hats guajiro are also a good buy. As for the music, you will find many recordings by local artists.

Weather Guardalavaca

These indicators are used as a set of criteria to predict overall weather conditions in Guardalavaca . The different indicators are there to help you prepare for your trip to Guardalavaca so you can make plans based on the weather forecast, whether it be a trip to the beach, walking, visiting attractions and museums or winter sports... Here you'll find a precise, overall weather score for each week in Guardalavaca , which takes into account temperature indicators, bad weather predictions, sunshine levels and wind speeds.

Weather October
Overall rating 68/100
  • Temperature indicators 86% Hot / Optimal

    The maximum temperature is <24°, temperature felt between 30°C and 33°C.

  • Bad weather indicators 30% Rainy

    Rainy - averaging between 3.5mm and 4.5mm per day.

  • Sunbathing indicators 46% Sunny intervals

    Cloudy with sunny intervals (40% to 60% cloud cover).

  • Swimming indicators 92% Very pleasant / Optimal

    High air temperature (>24°C), high sea temperature (>24°C), light to moderate winds (between 7 mph and 12 mph).

  • Wind indicators 84% Light breeze / Optimal

    Optimal comfort: optimal wind speed (between 7 mph and 12 mph) in a warm environment (>24°C).

  • Humidity indicators 60% Normal

    Slight feeling of discomfort due air humidity registering higher than 65%.

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