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Holguin, the fourth largest city in Cuba, is the capital of the Province of Holguin. The beaches here are not continual, long stretches of uninterrupted beach like other areas of Cuba offer. Instead, there are small chunks of beach surrounded by bays, rocks, and hills sprinkled along the shore. Holguin is 678 km from Havana while the province of Las Tunas is only 72 km away. Holguin has a subtropical climate with hot and humid summers followed by mild winters with low humidity.
Holguin, the fourth largest city in Cuba, is the capital of the Province of Holguin. Holguin is in the south-eastern part of Cuba and is known for its gorgeous white-sand beaches dotted with exclusive all-inclusive resorts along the northern shore facing towards the Atlantic Ocean.
The beaches here are not continual, long stretches of uninterrupted beach like other areas of Cuba offer. Instead, there are small chunks of beach surrounded by bays, rocks, and hills sprinkled along the shore. Holguin’s area is 9,300 square kilometers, with a fourth of that covered in forests and vegetation.
Holguin is 678 km from Havana while the province of Las Tunas is only 72 km away. The Aeropuerto Frank Pais Holguin International Airport is 13 km from Holguin city, and about an hour from the main resort area in Holguin, along the shore.
Holguin has a subtropical climate with hot and humid summers followed by mild winters with low humidity. Northeast trade winds in the winter help the climate by bringing in warm air, while the same trade winds help the climate in the summer by bringing in cool air to cut the humidity at times.
The two weather seasons in Holguin are the wet season and the dry season. The wet season lasts from May through October and the dry season lasts from November through April. With its location on the southeastern part of the island, temperatures tend to be a bit hotter here than in other parts of Cuba.
The best months to visit Holguin are November, December, January, February, March, and April. During any of these months, your chance of rain will be lower than during the summer, along with lower temperatures and humidity, making these months comfortable for outdoor activities. February sees the lowest rainfall on average, while March and April will be the warmest with the most days of sunshine during this timeframe.
When visiting Holguin, the all-inclusive resorts along the pristine beach offer many options to suit your needs.
The Playa Pesquero Resort, Suite & Spa Hotel is one of the top family-friendly resorts in Holguin. All rooms have a private terrace or balcony overlooking a lovingly manicured garden or the pool area, and there are connecting rooms and suites available for large families needing more space. Ten restaurants across a wide range of cuisines, 8 bars and lounges, and an ice-cream parlor ensure that guests always have access to food and drinks, in between enjoying the beach or one of three swimming pools.
For an adult-only experience that is the epitome of luxury, the Paradisus Rio De Oro Resort & Spa is hands down the best choice in Holguin. This beachfront resort sits in the beautiful Bahia de Naranjo Nature Reserve, offering a lush and relaxing environment to enjoy eight restaurants and a variety of daily activities. The royal suites at this resort offer around the clock personalized butler service, making this the perfect location for a honeymoon or any romantic getaway.
With a varied landscape, Holguin is a popular place for many different activities. Guests staying at any of the all-inclusive resorts will have access to one or more of the many beaches along the shore. The resorts all include towel service, lounge chairs and palapas, and non-motorized water sports – including snorkeling. Other water activities like scuba diving along the coral, deep-sea fishing, and sailing are popular as well and can be arranged with a tour operator or through the activity desk at any of the resorts.
Hiking is a popular activity in one of the many forests throughout the city of Holguin. Many of the forests have thermal baths where travelers can soak tired feet and muscles after long days of activity.
The Delfinario Cayo Naranjo is a large dolphinarium in the Bahia de Naranjo ecological preserve. There are several enclosures in the bay, allowing the mammals here to be in natural seawater. Two arenas allow for dolphin and sea lion shows, and packages are available to interact or swim with the dolphins.
The 1920 Restaurante & Bar is in the historic city center and is a favorite with tourists and locals alike. The menu is inexpensive but offers many Cuban specialties like Serrano ham and congris, a classic Cuban black beans and rice dish.
Panoramic views of the city can be seen from the top of the Loma de la Cruz (Hill of the Cross). Visitors can either take a taxi to the top of the hill or climb the 458 steps with benches and a resting area along the way. The hill marks the spot where Francisco Antonio de Alegria placed a crucifix in 1790, after climbing the hill with it on his back.
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