With a luxury Caribbean sheen missing elsewhere on the island, these lesser-known beaches make for one serious getaway. The beach is sublime, with golden sand, shallow, warm water and great opportunities for snorkeling. You won't find a lot of action: besides a small shopping center, there is little to do beyond lounging. Of Holguín's three northern resort areas, Playa Pesquero (Fisher's Beach) is the most high-end. There are four tourist colossi here, including the five-star Hotel Playa Pesquero.
Nearby Playa Esmeralda occupies the middle ground between Guardalavaca's economy and Playa Pesquero's opulence. Two megaresorts line this superior stretch of beach, 6km to the west of Guardalavaca and accessed by a spur just east of the Cayo Naranjo boat launch.