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We are on the island of Guarma. Javier asked a local. It's an old sugar plantation island. Second island east of Cuba.
Dutch van der Linde to Arthur Morgan

Guarma is a tropical island off of Cuba in Red Dead Redemption 2.

It is the primary location in which most of the missions in the fifth chapter takes place. Afterwards, the island cannot be visited indefinitely after the mission, "Paradise Mercifully Departed", unless through an exploit or glitch.

Geography

Guarma is an island east of Cuba. The explorable regions of the territory are situated within a bay called Bahía de la Paz. Most of the area are beaches and shoreline where it slowly elevates up to the cliffs of Cinco Torres and Aguasdulces itself. A single river, Arroyo de la Vibora, flows into the bay where it is home to exotic bird species and other wild animals exclusive to the island.

Around Aguasdulces, sugar fields primarily encompass the landscape. Within its vicinity is La Capilla, a church. Opposite from the plantation is Cinco Torres, an old Spanish fort.

Description

Guarma is a primarily sugar plantation run by Colonel Fussar. It is a jungle island, as such, this is the only place where booby, parrot and certain crab species exist and live. It is administered by Cuba and uses mostly indentured servants and political prisoners to work on the plantations, both of which are slaves in all but name. Sometime before the year 1899, Fussar became the dictator of the island, and a Haitian named Hercule Fontaine started a revolution against him.

Events of Red Dead Redemption 2

After the failed bank heist in Saint Denis, Dutch, Arthur, Javier, Bill, and Micah sneak on-board a ship on the docks of Saint Denis in an attempt to escape the law. During their journey, a large storm hits, causing the ship to sink and Arthur to go overboard.

Arthur washes up on the shore of Guarma and searches for civilization. He comes upon the gang at a campfire but immediately after, the local military arrest them and transport them in shackles to jail. Along the way to the jail, the rebels bombard the soldiers with bullets. In the confusion, Arthur collects keys from a dead soldier's corpse and uses it to unlock the shackles. After killing off the guards leading them, Hercule Fontaine, the revolutionary leader tells the gang to follow him. As they rush away, Javier is shot by reinforcements, and they are forced to leave without him. Despite this, Hercule leads the remaining gang to La Capilla stocked with Bolt Action Rifles. Reinforcements soon arrive, but the gang and Hercule are ultimately victorious. They then proceed to a small rebel outpost in the jungle.

After arriving at the outpost, the gang rests for a short time, before setting out to find a way off the island. One of the two things they do to get off the island is Arthur and Dutch set out to rescue Javier. The two of them go to a cave where an old lady named Gloria is. Dutch pays her a gold ingot to lead them through the cave, up to a ladder that would bring them up to Aguasdulces. It is then that she demands more money, and when Dutch can't pay the rest of the promised money, she pulls a knife on him. Dutch then grabs her, and kills her, prompting a outburst from Arthur. The two of them then enter Aguasdulces, where they see Colonel Fussar and a group of soldiers, who are leading a donkey that is dragging Javier along. The pair quickly begins looking for ways to find a distraction, which they find in the sugar refinery. Dutch cuts up the bags of sugar, spilling it all over the floor, before they blow up the furnace. In the distraction, they fight their way to Javier. After Dutch picks him up, they flee the settlement, until they reach the river of Arroyo de la Vibora. At the river, Arthur tells Dutch to take Javier while he holds the bank. Waves of enemies assault his position, but Arthur prevails and departs.

The other thing they do to leave the island is to investigate a group of workers who have disappeared. Arthur is unfortunately captured, and imprisoned with two other militants. Arthur quickly kills the guards, and with one of the others slays the other soldiers in the camp, and rescued three rebels from execution.

After doing these two things, the gang goes to Cinco Torres. It is here, that they see a Cuban warship approaching, and swarms of enemies attacking. The gang and Hercule shoot at them from above, before sallying out and vanquishing them. They then rush back to the top and man the cannon as the warship approaches. After many shots, the warship falls, and they begin planning on making an escape off the island.

The gang is preparing to leave when they see a gun battery preventing their escape. Realizing it has to be silenced, the gang assaults the battery, and blows up the cannons. They then set out cutting their way to the ship. While fighting Aguasdulces, Arthur breaks into the worker's cabin to find the captain and is put at gunpoint by Levi Simon. Dutch breaks in, and puts Simon at gunpoint before Fussar aims his own gun at Dutch. The standoff ends when Arthur kicks the ship captain his rifle, and he shoots Simon dead. Fussar flees the cabin and runs. They then set out fighting their way to the ship in earnest, when they find Fussar has occupied the final tower with a large cannon. Arthur blows down the tower, killing him. The gang then departs the island at last.

Locations

Native Wildlife

  • Boar
  • Booby*
    • Red Footed Booby
  • Chicken
  • Crab*
    • Cuban Land Crab
  • Goat
    • Alpine Goat
  • Gull
    • Laughing Gull
    • Ring-billed Gull
  • Heron
    • Great Blue Heron
    • Tricolored Heron
  • Iguana*
    • Green Iguana
  • Parrot*
    • Blue-and-yellow Macaw
    • Great Green Macaw
    • Scarlet Macaw
  • Pelican
    • American White Pelican
    • Brown Pelican
  • Pig
    • Berkshire Pig
    • Big China Pig
    • Old Spot Pig
  • Rooster
  • Tiger Shark***
  • Snake*
    • Fer-de-Lance
    • Red Boa
    • Rainbow Boa
    • Sunglow Boa
  • Turtle**
    • Green Sea Turtle
* - denotes as exclusive to the island. However, they are not required for 100% completion and also for trophies/achievements Skin Deep and Zoologist. However, they can be filled in the compendium.
** - denotes as exclusive to the island. The animal can be killed and skinned but data will not be filled in the compendium.
*** - denotes as exclusive to the island. However, the animal cannot be found in normal gameplay, requiring to get out of bounds. Furthermore, the same animal cannot be killed, studied nor cooked.

Trivia

  • One of the newspapers acquired early on in the game mentions how America has recently celebrated victory over the Spanish in the Spanish-American War. Interestingly enough, the Battle of San Juan Hill has occurred as well, but instead of taking place in Cuba (as it happened in real life), the battle occurred in Guarma in the game's universe.
  • Contrary to popular opinion, Guarma is not a part of Cuba. Its political situation is unclear, as it is in the midst of a revolution and violent uprisings against plantation owners. It is an island located to the east of Cuba, between Cuba and Haiti/The Bahamas.
  • After the mission Paradise Mercifully Departed, you won't have the chance to revisit Guarma again. Fortunately there are some glitches that'll let you revisit the Island.

Gallery

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The tiger shark.

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