History of Guardalavaca Cuba

Guardalavaca Coastline

Up until the late 1990s Guardalavaca was nothing more than sleepy coastal town in the Holguin Province of Cuba. Due to the excellent quality of the sand and picturesque, naturally protected coastline plus, the close proximity to Holguin’s Frank Pais International airport, it didn’t take long for Guardalavaca to appear on Cuba’s tourism Ministry radar as a future tourist destination. By the 1990s the Cuban hotel group Cubanacan was in talks to build the first 747 room hotel in the area, now known as the Club Amigo Guardalavaca.


Fast forward two and half decades and Guardalavaca Beach will soon have its third hotel. Yet to be officially named, it will be operated this time by Spain’s Iberostar. The new 5 star hotel features 483 Rooms, which when added to the 437 rooms at the Brisas Guardalavaca Hotel, will bring the total rooms in Guardalavaca to 1667 allowing the area to accommodate approximately 3400 people. Of course, two other hotels are featured on the almost adjoining Playa Esmeralda, the popular Hotel Paradisus Rio de Oro and the Hotel Sol Rio de Luna y Mares technically is considered another destination but in our view is too close to bare a different name.