Things a visitor should know about Baracoa
Favorite thing: The best thing about Baracoa is going to the beach during the day, and enjoying a good night at the various bars, all while being in a quiet and tranquil seaside town. Some suggestions if you are going there though:
1) Call ahead and reserve a casa. That way your casa particular owner can greet you at the bus station, arrange your bicitaxi, and show you the way to the casa instead of you wandering all over looking for it. There are many good casas overlooking the ocean, try and get one of these. You can find them in the Lonely Planet book.
2) The best beaches are a 30 minute drive west. Playa Maguana is a good choice. Along the way, keep an eye out for an interesting cave near El Yunque You can take a bus but be sure to stop by and confirm the times as they change from listed times. Otherwise you can take a cab for a little more.
3) It's a long bus ride from Santiago de Cuba so you might want to take the late bus so you can sleep through it.
Fondest memory: Hanging out at the beach late at night with friends.
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The famous mountain
Favorite thing: El Yunque, the famous mountain in Baracoa reminds me on my trip to South Africa/Cape Town/Kaapstad.
In Baracoa you can see this mountain from different points - hotel Castillo or even from the jungle area-grace to Roberto,our taxi driver.
Fondest memory: PARA VIVIR AL NATURAL
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The Parra Cross of CC
Favorite thing: Only a copy - located at our hotel Porto Santo but people do believe that it is located at the beach where CC stranded to explore in 1492 the Caribbean Island !
Fondest memory: The pure nature - the best i've seen in this small world. And we are going back !! In may 2004
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Favorite thing: Visit non touristic places and enjoying the beauty of nature
Fondest memory: Baracoa is a small place on this hectic world where you can forget the stress by getting back to pure nature.
J.J.Rousseau-a French Philosopher once stated : "Back to normal,back to nature"He was damned right.
Beaches, we and the locals
Favorite thing: Favourite thing is to hire a taxi for half a day.
The local driver will bring us to non touristic places - beaches and lagunes so that we can enjoy Cuba at it's purest.
Fondest memory: The village itself - the friendly locals - the nature.
Favorite thing: My favourite about Baracoa - pure nature.
you can walk around in the mountains or the beaches. Talk to the people - enjoy nature by asking the locals for some fruit - they will offer you the best they have !!
The way to Baracoa is hard ! But look at this sundown (photo J@C) and forget about ...
Fondest memory: Hey folks and VT members - the way to get here is hard - but i think every road to paradise is hard and needs to be deserved !
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Chocolate Factory in Baracoa
Favorite thing: Coconuts, Coffee, Cacao and Chocolates.. stapes in Baracoa. Cacao from West Africa grows abundantly. chocolate powder and chocolates (called peters for the pre revolutionary trademark ) are manufactured here.
Fondest memory: 2003 would be the fortieth anniversary of the opening of the chocolate factory by our dear comandante Che Guevara.. Wouldnt it be lovely, if our comandante y jefe Fidel came by for a visit and rededicate the factory and keep afresh the memory of the valiant Che
Walk along the Malecon
Favorite thing: As the sun goes down, the breeze is tantalizing, walk along the length of Malecon. The sea wall, one of the five in Cuba, is a good place to reflect on the beauty of the place, chat with some locals and calm your minds with the soothing sound of the waves
Fondest memory: Every first of the year, as the sun comes up over the hill of mahajarra, myself and friends, wait to greet the first sun of the year.. the increasing warmth adds to the human warmth of our group of friends
RickL's General Tip
Fondest memory: July 22nd, 2002. The night we arrived we walked downtown and there was a street party in progress. Don't know why but there were bands, food, and beer served up in the streets @ Frank Pais y Antonio Maceo. Lots of Cubans out celebrating 'something'. It was not the July 26th celevration because it only lasted one night.
Blue skies and beaches
Favorite thing: Most favorite thing to do in Baracoa is hiring a private taxi who will show you some magnificent places - like non touristic beaches - lagunes.
Fondest memory: The nature - the locals
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Blue skies and beaches - indeed
Favorite thing: Baracoa reminds me on Thailand - Chiang May. The wilderness of the jungle - but than close to the sea ! Just a combination of both !
Fondest memory: It is a paradise - without overloaded tourism