Swim with dolphins in crystal waters
Playa Esmeralda is the smartest beach resort in Cuba along with Cayo Coco. There are only a small number of hotels on a long white sandy beach with clear warm swimming. A short distance offshore there are coral reefs offering great snorkelling and scuba diving. Deep-sea fishing, and other water-sports can be arranged at the near by resort of Guardalavaca which also has pretty good nightlife.
On Cayo Naranjo, an island in a bay about ten minutes drive away, you can swim with the dolphins. This is well worth doing during your stay in the area. Playa Esmeralda is 72kms from Holguin Airport, about an hour’s drive, this is services by flights from other parts of Cuba, Canada, Europe and Latin America. The resort is set in the Bahia Naranjo National Park, which has many places of natural beauty to visit on foot, horse or mountain bikes.