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We are headed to Holguin in early February and would like some feedback on weather and interesting tours to take. Also, has anyone stayed at the Melia(now Paradisus) Rio de Oro?

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    Hi Linda:

    I haven't stayed at Holguin, but you can get some weather details at the following link. Just type in the name at the top left of the screen.

    http://www.weatherunderground.com

    You are at the very eastern end of Cuba and about 800km east of Havana, but only 400 km from the Turks & Caicos or the Dominican Republic. So weather should be very nice in February. Jamaica is also only 300 km away.

    As to tours etc., in general you should look to take a Rum factory tour or perhaps a cigar factory. Also you would only be about 100 km (64 miles) from Santiago de Cuba, the second largest city in Cuba. Very historical as I understand it.

    Have fun and enjoy Cuba.

    Steve

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    Hi Linda - we stayed at the Rio de Oro 2 or 3 years ago. Did two weeks from the end of January/first wk in Feb. The weather is going to be like Florida - you'll get sunny hot days but not that steamy hot weather like in Mexico. The nights can be cool - we had some nights as low as 16C and in the open air dining room, it can be a little breezy. Don't be surprised to see the staff wearing the sweater part of their uniforms, so take a light jacket or sweater for the evenings.
    This is a beautiful resort with massages ($20 U.S. an hour thereabouts!) offered in a little hut right on the cliff overlooking the beach. The massage table sits on a glass block floor so you can watch the surf below while being massaged!
    The Cuban a la carte restaurant was very good - you need to book your dinner here, so book early in the week.
    Take U.S. dollar bills (especially to pay for some t.p. when you get off the plane in Holguin) and/or good used clothing, hair accessories or makeup, chocolates, toothpaste/toothbrushes & pens and pencils and paper to give as tips to the room maids and other staff who you feel deserve some extra kindness.
    Say hello to our favourite staffer, Nirma - I think she is now heading the wait staff in the steak restaurant.
    Interesting tours include (if still on offer) the tour of the sugar factory and train ride on an antique steam train into the countryside; the village tour that takes you through a doctor's office (good time to drop off some Tylenol that you might have on hand) and a school (pens, pencils here) topped off by a pig roast at a farm. My husband did the 'swim with the dolphins' (only $43 U.S. back then) over at Bahia de Naranjo which is only 5 minutes away from the resort..the dolphin show was great. And if you want to just explore on your own, take a $5 cab ride over to Playa Guardalavaca and sit and have a beer or two, look out onto the beautiful beach and listen to the travelling singers who will want to entertain you.
    Have a great time, and if you have any other questions, do not hesitate to write.

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