When Christopher Columbus first spotted the hills and fabulous beaches of this rugged mountainous region of Cuba in 1492, he declared it to be “the most beautiful land eyes have ever seen." Today, Holguin’s mountains and tropical forests remain virtually untouched and all its visitors find the region’s pristine beaches, gorgeous lagoons and bays irresistible. Covering approximately 40 km of coastline, Holguin’s close to 50 beaches are some of the most picturesque in the Caribbean. The protection of nearby coral reefs ensures that the warm turquoise waters remain calm and inviting. At Bahia Naranjo, a natural aquarium houses seals and dolphins that delight in putting on a show and visitors can swim with the dolphins. Tour a cigar factory or, in the provincial capital named the City of Holguin, stroll through lovely parks, admire interesting monuments and tour fascinating historical buildings. Top it off with a panoramic view of the city from Mayabe Lookout. End the day by enjoying traditional Cuban hospitality as you feast on freshly prepared seafood just a short distance from the sea.