Playa Guardalavaca

Playa Guardalavaca - The Caribbean
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Sitting on the western edge of the resort town of Guardalavaca, Playa Guardalavaca is located on the island’s northern coast approximately 30 miles from the city of Holguin. It is a busy beach predominantly used by those staying in the town’s range of accommodation options.

First-time visitors will discover a good number of sun loungers and umbrellas for rent, with the soft white sand running in an uninterrupted band for around a mile. It is also broad enough to accept four rows of beach chairs without users feeling like they are sitting on top of each other.

Instead of sun loungers, the right-hand portion of Playa Guardalavaca when facing the aqua-coloured shallows are dominated by tree cover, offering some natural shade. Getting into the water couldn’t be easier thanks to a gentle draft, while most large incoming waves are prevented from coming ashore by a coral reef teeming with life.

The waters are scanned by lifeguards during the summer months. Catamaran trips and jet ski rentals are common ways to explore when you tire of snorkelling. Masks and snorkels can be rented, while beach facilities include changing rooms, restrooms and showers. There is also a restaurant among the trees. 

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  • Diving & snorkelling
  • Swimming/bathing


  • Shower

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