Guardalavaca Travel Blog› entry 13 of 14 › view all entries
After visiting all the highlights of Cuba, it was time for a rest in a resort for 2 days. We went from Santiago de Cuba to Guardalavaca to relax for 2 days in a paradise area. Many English and Canadian tourists were there as well, but some of them had not seen anything else of this country, only the resort. Well, than you really missed something I think, but I can imagine that only a stay in the result can be fun for a holiday!
Guardalavaca is a tourist location due to its white sandy beaches and warm waters. It is located on the northern shore of Cuba, bordering Bahia Naranjo (Orange Bay), and is part of the municipality of Banes (a place were Batista came from). Beaches in Guardalavaca include Guardalavaca Beach, Playa Esmeralda, Don Lino and Bahia de Naranjo. Guardalavaca literally means "keep the cow" in Spanish. The local farmers of latter days were targeted by pirates - the area has reasonable grazing land and the pirates were after the cattle grazing in the area. As pirates were spotted the local farmers would shout, "Guardalavaca" - hence the area's name - keep the cow. The Cuban government has attempted on several occasions to change the name of the area as they deem it not to be very appealing; they have so far been unsuccessful.
It is a little peace of Paradise, this resort. You can see it on the photograhps. After 2 days, everybody was rested out to go back to The Netherlands.