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Guardalavaca is a town in the Holguín Province of Cuba. It is a tourist location due to its white sandy beaches and warm waters.
"Guardalavaca" literally means "guard the cow" in Spanish. There are several accounts as to how this name may have originated; my favorite version is this one:
The name may have originated from pirates going after the cattle grazing in the area. As pirates were spotted, the local farmers would thus shout, "Guardalavaca" - guard the cow.