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“the gem of Holguin,s beaches”
Review of Playa Esmeralda

Playa Esmeralda
Ranked #3 of 29 things to do in Holguin
Certificate of Excellence
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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“the gem of Holguin,s beaches”
Reviewed January 9, 2014

Local cubans from Holguin and Rafael Freire town are outnumbered by tourists from the 2 all inclusive resorts.
Esmeralda beach has decent snorkeling in front of Rio de Oro resort ,although the reefs are more extensive at" Playa Guardalavaca" in front of Club amigo resort.
Near Rio de luna y mares there is a path to the sheltered little beaches at Bahia de Naranjo were there are mangroves.At Rio de oro there are 2 smaller coral beaches reachable by sea.
Birdlife at the wetlands at centre of Playa Esperalda includes herons egrets turkey vultures.
Sometimes during heavy winter rains these wetlands overflow to the beach creating a division between east and west.
Guardalavaca is 15-20min. by bike or a hike through the tropical woodland separating the 2 beaches

Visited February 2013
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“Take care”
Reviewed December 5, 2013

Picture postcard beach. But take care if you are not a strong swimmer. This is the Atlantic and shelves away quickly once you are in the water.

Visited November 2013
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niagara
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“Nice beach”
Reviewed November 12, 2013

It has beautiful soft sand and lovely views. Some part have coral and rocks but it is great for snorkling.

Visited November 2013
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Mississauga, Canada
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“Beautiful beach”
Reviewed November 8, 2013

This is my favourite beach so far in all of Cuba. Wonderful white sand and plenty of shade trees to relax under with a cold cocktail (or my favourite, Cristal). I've been visiting this area on and off for over 25 years. Santiago de Cuba is however my favourite city, especially Bahia Larga.

Visited January 2013
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llandeilo
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“heaven”
Reviewed November 7, 2013

Fine white sand, crystal clear water, what more could you want?Free sunbeds {tip recommended)When you leave the sea there is no need to towel down, just let the sun do it. Usualy 30 degrees.

Visited October 2013
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