Eastern Cuba

A wonderfully diverse region, the ‘Oriente’ province of Cuba is dominated by the towering mountain range of the Sierra Maestra, which sweeps down to the Caribbean shore and its unspoilt natural beaches. At the heart of the province is Santiago de Cuba, a city rich in history, colonial architecture and sites associated with the country’s struggles for independence. Further east lies the mountainous national park of Baconao, the US naval base at Guantanamo and finally on the very tip of the island, the peaceful community of Baracoa, which is Cuba’s oldest town and the site of Columbus’ first landing. On the northern coast of the province is the beautiful low-key resort of Guardalavaca with undulating hills, large lagoons and stunning natural beaches. Eastern Cuba can be reached by a network of domestic flights from Havana. The region can be further explored by self-drive hire car or private transfers.

Resorts in Eastern Cuba

Guardalavaca

This area was described by Christopher Columbus as ‘the most beautiful land that human eyes have ever seen’. It consists of undulating hills blanketed in tropical vegetation, with large la...

Holguin

The city of Holguin offers a fascinating insight into the colonial history of the area and its main square is named after one of its most famous sons, Calixto García, who played a significant part in ...

Baracoa

Baracoa, the oldest town in Cuba, was capital for just a brief four years before Diego de Velazquez moved his power base to Santiago, since which time the community has lived in peaceful isolation due...

Bayamo

The town of Bayamo, founded in 1513 by Captain Diego Velázquez, was the cradle of Cuba’s National Anthem and also the birth place of Cuban patriot, Carlos Manuel de Cespedes.  Bayamo i...

Sierra Maestra

This majestic mountain range runs along the entire south coast of Oriente province and measures some 30 miles at its widest, north to south. It contains a diverse range of flora and fauna, much of it ...

Santiago de Cuba

Cuba's second city, Santiago is home to many citizens of French and African descent, giving it quite a different feel to Havana. Life moves to a slower rhythm in the hotter climate and the city is...