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Hidden away on the eastern coast of Cuba, the small town of Guardalavaca is a tropical paradise just waiting to be discovered. Sugar white sands and sparkling turquoise waters line the shores of this coastal resort dotted with towering palm trees, creating the quintessential, picture perfect ‘Caribbean look’.

The secluded nature of the resort is attractive to many holidaymakers simply looking to relax and get away from it all. However, if you’re after an authentic Cuban experience, tours and excursions are big business in Guardalavaca, and are the best way of guaranteeing you get the most out of your trip.

Perfect for couples or families, Guardalavaca has something to offer everybody, from stunning beaches to swimming with dolphins, and from cultural experiences to fine dining. Also ideal as a honeymoon destination, this laid back resort will very quickly capture your heart. So get ready to kick back, relax, and sample some of the best mojitos you’ve ever had in your life!

Home to some of the world’s largest and most bio-diverse coral reefs, scuba diving in Cuba is particularly exceptional. Guardalavaca boasts its own reef just a few miles off shore, which is teeming with plant life and underwater critters. There are a number of shipwrecks here too which are yet to be thoroughly explored. Who knows? You may even find sunken treasure!

When it comes to ‘once in a lifetime’ experiences, swimming with dolphins is usually up there at the top of peoples’ bucket lists. In Guardalavaca however, it is more of a ‘once daily’ kind of experience. Take a boat trip across the Bahia de Naranjo to Cuba’s dolphinarium, where you will be able to get really up close and personal with Cuba’s native bottle-nosed dolphins.

For the culture vultures among you, the “Cuban Life” tour will take you on a cultural and historical journey into traditional island life. In the company of a professional guide, make your way through the Holguin province where Guardalavaca is situated, visiting traditional fishing villages, farming plantations and meeting some of the local people. This is a unique opportunity to gain an insight into ‘real’ Cuba, the Cuba which moves at Caribbean pace away from the shining hotels and tourist babble.

What is the first thing that springs to mind at the mention of Cuba? If it is not Cuban cigars… it is probably Mojitos! This refreshing cocktail, made with white rum, brown sugar, fresh mint and lots of crushed ice is an island favourite, which has made its way onto cocktail menus in bars across the globe.

After the alcohol however, Cuba is not particularly famed for its cuisine, although rest assured, the authentic dishes on offer in many of the restaurants in Guardalavaca are fantastic! The local speciality is lemon and honey smothered spit roast pork, served with black beans and rice. Well-worth a try!

Of course, the island has had to adapt itself to satisfy the western palate, so in the main tourist resorts, Guardalavaca included, you can find eateries serving up a wide variety of cuisine from Cuban to Mediterranean to Japanese!

Location of Guardalavaca

Key Facts

  • Language: Spanish
  • Currency: Cuban Peso
  • Time Difference from UK: -5
  • Flight time: London: 9-10 hours
  • When to go: November to April