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Address: | acces to beach via Rio de Luna y Mares resort, Holguin, Cuba

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small beach but very pretty location

not a large beach ..... you can walk it in 15 minutes to the end and back. but it is pretty. two resorts essentially share it, although beaches are public in cuba. however, since... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Burlington, Canada
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Burlington, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

not a large beach ..... you can walk it in 15 minutes to the end and back. but it is pretty. two resorts essentially share it, although beaches are public in cuba. however, since there aren't really any locals that frequent the area it's mainly the resort guests that use the beach. if you're at the paradisus, the small catamarans... More 

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Having stayed at the Paradisus Hotel Three times last year in different seasons,and have a fourth booked in May this year, I would just like to mention a bit about the Beach itself. As I have read many a review saying that the beach has exposed Coral and rocks and is unpleasant to walk along without some form of footwear.... More 

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Palma
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This beach was stunningly beautiful, and I loved staying there for the day. We got a catamaran across from our resort, which was not approved of apparently, but it is amazing what a few euros will do

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Peterborough, Ontario
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

As far as beaches go it is ok. Not that wide, not that long. Strong undertow. The sand is white, the water is a beautiful shade of turquoise.

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Berlin, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Absolutely beautiful beach. We went swimming and snorkling there but we stayed at the Paradisus Resort and it seemed like only guests to the two hotels there would have access to the beach. There are however a lot of Casa Particulares in the town Guardalavaca near by, so you could also book a cheap room there and then cycle up... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2017

Beautiful Holguin beach another clean debris free strolling beach. Water is inviting with a gentle slope into the water. Great for snorkeling.

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Hinckley, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 December 2016

Nice clean beach, warm water and pretty good snorkelling, but you need to be staying at the Paradisus Rio del Oro or the Rio de Luna y Mares if you want to enjoy it.

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Ilkley, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016

This was the beach which we shared with another hotel,it did not seem to be a public beach but just used by the tourists.It had water sports provided by the hotel and sun beds and some cover,but not enough when it got busy.At the side of the beach it has coral reefs great for snorkelling.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

if you can walk about half a km you can go scuba diving in the resort next to the rio de luna y mares resort , dont forget your mask its free no need to pay for a tour!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016

This beach is shared with the hotel next door but it is plenty big enough. Entry into the ocean can be a bit tough and water shoes would help but there is a large sandy area as well. Snorkeling is also very good to the left end and out and around the rock edge. This is where the catamarans stop.

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