Ins and outs

Getting there


Holguín has an international airport accessible for either the north-coast hotels or Bayamo. It is a useful airport for a circuit of the eastern end of the island, taking in Holguín, Bayamo, Manzanillo, Santiago, Guantánamo and Baracoa. Manzanillo has an airport which receives charter flights from Canada and Venezuela and scheduled flights only once a week from Havana.

Rail and road

Rail connections to Holguín have been replaced by more efficient bus services. The railway line is 19 km from Holguín at the village of Cacocum; the service Holguín-Santiago and Holguín-Guantánamo have been suspended indefinitely because of repairs to the line. Both Holguín and Bayamo are on the main bus routes from Havana to Santiago de Cuba on the Carretera Central and transport links are good with Viazul buses for foreigners and Astro for Cubans. Manzanillo is less accessible, as you have to change bus or train in Bayamo.

Tourist information

All the hotels around Guardalavaca have tourist desks which can provide information as well as tours. There are tour operators in Holguín and Bayamo , but you will get better advice from your
casa particular
if that is where you are staying.

Best time to visit

The driest season is from December to April. Hurricane season technically starts in June, but most storms arrive between September and November. Rain can fall at any time of year, usually in the afternoons. Holguín is developing a reputation as a good venue for festivals, with a local cultural event in January, the Romerías de May in the first week of May and an Ibero-American festival in October.

This is edited copy from Footprint Handbooks. For comprehensive details (incl address, tel no, directions, opening times and prices) please refer to book or individual chapter PDF
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