Top Five Activities In Guardalavaca, Cuba

Holidays to Cuba promise much in the way of things to see and do. Besides the usual time around the pool and relaxing on one of Cuba’s amazing beaches, there are numerous activities suitable for everybody. Many of these activities are available as excursions from the resorts in and around Guardalavaca. Here is just a selection of things on offer.

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Overnight Tour to Havana – Cuba’s capital city.

There is perhaps no city in the Caribbean that has the atmosphere that Havana does. It is like the city is trapped in the past, with its beautiful architecture, culture, history and of course the vintage cars. Get the chance to experience this unique city as an overnight stay, after all, it is a city best taken slowly to soak up the atmosphere. Some excursions include the famous Tropicana musical, a must see if you plan on making the most of Havana.

Traveling to Havana is by plane from Holguin airport and overnight accommodation is included, as is the price of the Tropicana show in advertised excursion packages.

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Catamaran Cruise with Dolphins and Snorkelling.

Take a catamaran cruise through the tropical seas of Cuba to experience its rich sea life. Many cruises stop at several hot spots, including a dolphinarium for an opportunity to swim with dolphins. There are also several stops to allow for snorkeling and diving. Prices for most cruises include lunch, bar, and the Dolphin swim. Child prices are for children aged 2 to 12 years old.

Dolphin swims are also available as separate activity packages from many resorts.

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4×4 Safaris.

If you want to experience the real Cuba then the safaris will take you there. These safaris take you off the beaten track, away from the main tourist hubs and into the depths of the island. Not only that, but there is the opportunity to drive your own speedboat. There is also horseback riding which allows you to go where no cars are allowed.

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Visit Santiago de Cuba

Santiago de Cuba is Cuba’s second oldest and second largest city, and it has a lot to offer. It also has a deep history and is seated as the hot point of the revolution. Visit in July and experience the colourful carnival for which the city is famed. The Morro forts will be a favourite among children who will enjoy exploring these 17th Century ruins.

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Take the opportunity to drive your own speedboat along the shores of Guardalavaca and beyond. These two seater speed boats go in convoy, making scenic stops along the coast. Boat drivers must be over 18 years old and everybody must be able to swim. This adventure takes children as young as 5.

Holidays to Cuba offer a great deal in terms of relaxation and thrills. The beautiful island, combined with the top hotels and excursions and activities on offer makes Cuba a great choice for everybody, especially with all inclusive holidays. Cuba is an all year round holiday destination that has been largely under represented with the holiday crowd.


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Top 3 Family Friendly Resorts in Cuba

Cuba is an amazing place to take a family holiday. The all inclusive resorts are family friendly, the beaches are safe and clean, there is plenty to see and do and it has a year round climate. Many of the family friendly hotels offer excursions to swim with dolphins, explore the island, and make a family friendly holiday that everyone will enjoy.


Cuba’s top 3 Family Friendly Resorts.

As far as holidays to Cuba go, many of the hotels in Cuba offer great family services. For a start, nearly all of the hotels in the major resorts are on an All Inclusive basis.

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There are two main resorts in Cuba: Varadero and Guardalavaca. Varadero is on the Western side of the island, close to the capital city of Hanava. Guardalavaca is on the Eastern side of the island about an hour away from the regional centre of Holguin. Both resorts are great for families and they have plenty to see and do outside the main resorts.

Hotel Playa Pesquero – Guardalavaca.

This 4 star all inclusive resort is located on the beachfront close to Guardalavaca. The hotel has a mini train that is free for guests and travels around the resort. Great for families with small children who don’t want to walk miles to get to the pool! Speaking of pools, Playa Pesquero has a large main pool with an island in the middle. It is one of the biggest pools in Guardalavaca and it also has a swim up bar. There is a separate pool set aside for activities.

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For children there is a children’s splash pool. There are also baby club which caters for children from birth to 4 years and a kids club for children 5-12.

The hotel is close to the Bahia de Naranjo National Park. Here you can swim with Dolphins, hike through nature trails and forests, sunbathe on the beautiful beaches or learn to dive at the coral reef.

Hotel Playa Turquesa – Guardalavaca

Set in lush tropical gardens, this hotel has it all. Located on the Playa Yuraguanal beach, and a spectacular pool complex, this hotel is a great family affair. It has 5 swimming pools, 1 with a swim up bar and one with waterfalls and fountains.

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There is plenty to keep the kids occupied. They have their own pool in the kids club area, as well as dedicated activities. The hotel is 500 metres from Roca Azul Ecological Park. Here you can do horse riding, ride an ostrich, hike through the park and fish on the lake.

 Hotel Rio De Luna – Guardalavaca

The Rio De Luna hotel is located on the gorgeous Playa Esmeralda, one of the top ten best beaches in Cuba. The hotel has two swimming pools and a kids pool in the club area. There is a wide range of facilities to suite families, including snorkelling, mini-golf, pedalos and table tennis. The hotel is particularly suited to larger families as rooms are available next to each other which can accommodate families of up to five people. There are also single parent offers available.

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Holidays to Cuba: Where to Go, When To Go and What to do.

Cuba is the biggest Caribbean island and one of the biggest islands in the world. It’s year round climate, great culture and beaches make it a hot spot for British travellers. Cuba is so big in fact that you could visit twice and still not see the whole island.  Holidays to Cuba combine a cultural experience with the relaxation you would expect from a popular Caribbean destination.

Where to Go.

Cuba has two main resorts: Varadero and Guardalavaca.  Varadero is located on the Western side of the island, about an hours drive from the capital city of Havana. Varadero has plenty of All Inclusive resorts to choose from, many of which are located on its long stretch of beach. It is also within visiting distance of Havana, the capital city of Cuba.

Holidays to CubaVaradero, Cuba. Photo by Aaron Nakama

Guardalavaca is located on the Eastern side of the island. It tends to be quieter than Varadero, but the beaches are stunning. It is located about an hour from Holguin, the cultural capital of the Eastern side of the island. It too has its fair share of top All Inclusive resorts to choose from.

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When to Go.


Cuba is a great holiday destination all year round with daytime temperatures rarely dipping below 25 degrees and often in the mid 30’s. The high season is during the winter months, when rain rarely falls. Hurricane season runs through the summer months until the beginning of October. It is important to remember however that even if you visit during the ‘rainy season’ the duration of the rain tends to be short and heavy, rather than drawn out like it is in the UK.


What to see.


Cuba is a great place for either relaxing on the beautiful beaches, or by the pool, but it also has plenty of things to see and do. The Western side of Cuba has Havana, which is a days worth of visit in itself. There are numerous Crocodile farms dotted around the island, plenty of beaches, nature walks and much more. In the East, there is the ‘Dinosaur Park’, which is a great excursion for children.

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5 Star All Inclusive Holidays To Cuba

Cuba is a great place to take a holiday. The culture is like no other, and the atmosphere is electric, but Cuba also has great beaches to offer, and if you are after 5 star luxury then 5 star all inclusive holidays to Cuba take a lot of beating.

Here are the 5 star all inclusive holidays available in Cuba.

  1. Royalton Cayo Santa Maria – Cayo Santa Maria, Cuba

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This hotel is located right on the white sandy beachfront and only a short walk from the main square. The hotel is built to suite it’s surroundings.

Some rooms come with added luxury with whirlpools inside and out. Read more about the Royalton Cayo Santa Maria.

2. Paradisus Princesa del Mar

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The Paradisus Princesa del Mar is sat on the beautiful beach. It has a long list of features that is sure to keep you entertained and well rested and the location is something that sets it apart from many other hotels in the area – it has a long stretch of soft sand on its door step. The Paradisus is exclusively for adults, so there is no excuse not to relax. Read more about the Paradisus Princesa del Mar.

3Royalton Hicacos, Veradero

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Relaxation is what this hotel is all about. Sites on the Hicacos Peninsula, between the gorgeous white sand Beach and the lush jungle, you get the best of everything.

This adult only hotel is the perfect getaway for sun, sea and relaxation. Read more about the Royalton Hicacos in Varadero.

4. Grand Memories Varadero

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This hotel has it all, on the beachfront, upgraded rooms with 24 hour room service, close to shops and an adult only section with a separate pool. Read more about Grand Memories Varadero.


Holidays to Cuba From Manchester

Cuba is a delightful island full of wonderful culture, food, weather and of course beaches. If you are planning a package holiday to Cuba, there are two main airports that offer direct flights to Cuba: London Gatwick and Manchester.

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Holidays to Cuba from Manchester depart on a Tuesday during the summer season and on Thursdays during the winter season. The main resorts are Varadera and Guardalavaca in the Holguin region of Cuba. Other gems are Cayo Santa Maria and Havana.

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Winter Holidays To Cuba

Cuba is one of the more mysterious islands in the Caribbean, as well as one of the biggest. It’s deep history and culture gives it a unique atmosphere very distinct from other Caribbean islands. The weather is warm all year round, the beaches are spectacular; and its capital city, Havana, has a personality of its own.

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The Pool at the Varadero Beach Resort.

Winter sun holidays to Cuba are a great way to escape the cold British weather. The winter months are the warmest and the driest as their ‘rainy season’ falls between April and October. Winter temperatures range from an average of 26 to 28 degrees, with highs in the low 30’s.

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The main resorts are: Havana, the island capital, Cayo Santa Maria – a tiny island off the coast of Cuba with top resorts and wonderful beaches; Holguin; and Varadero. There are plenty of resorts to choose from, as well as late deals to Cuba. For more information about winter holidays to Cuba visit

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