Baracoa Tourist Traps

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    we dont give commission
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  • we dont give commission
    we dont give commission
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  • lovely baracoa without jinateros
    lovely baracoa without jinateros
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Most Recent Tourist Traps in Baracoa

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    Paladar Colonial being Honest.. I think

    by cochinjew Written Apr 17, 2004
    we dont give commission

    Whenever a cuban "friend" you have just encountered in Baracoa, takes you places, there is always a hidden gain for him and indirectly you pay. this paladar out front says they dont give commission but then again who knows?

    Unique Suggestions: avoid jinateros.. but most tourists seem to like the jinateros and frankly dont mind, it seems to be taken advantage of..

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    Paladar Colonial being Honest.. I think

    by cochinjew Written Apr 17, 2004

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    we dont give commission

    Whenever a cuban "friend" you have just encountered in Baracoa, takes you places, there is always a hidden gain for him and indirectly you pay. this paladar out front says they dont give commission but then again who knows?

    Unique Suggestions: avoid jinateros.. but most tourists seem to like the jinateros and frankly dont mind, it seems to be taken advantage of..

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    La Isabelica

    by Luchonda Updated Jan 7, 2004

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    La Isabelica

    A former coffee plant - builded by a frenchman
    and his 25 servants - five domestic and 20 outside slaves.
    The visit is a tourist trap because the building is still under renovation - so no many things to see.
    It is located near" La Gran Piedra"

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    Restaurants to Avoid!

    by RickL Written Dec 25, 2002

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    Avoid the Restaurante 485 Aniversario, the food, service and ambiance suck. The furniture was old and feeble.
    The prices at the often recommended Paladar El Colonial have gone up to the point where it's not a good deal. My shrimp had obviously been previously frozen. If you insist on eating there be sure to ask for the prices as the menu doesn't include them.

    Unique Suggestions: Paladar El Colonial does have a parrot in the inner courtyard and they let you take a picture of yourself holding it.

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    Rio Toa farm. Located about 10...

    by RickL Updated Dec 25, 2002

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    Fake Tourist Farm

    Rio Toa farm. Located about 10 km north of town. They have a 'farm' offering food and river tours. We didn't eat the food but took the river boat tour for $2. There's really not much to see on the river and they think you want to swim in the muddy water!

    Fun Alternatives: Some of the other rivers in the area have easy access and appear to be just as scenic.

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    Watch out for Jinateros in tourist areas

    by cochinjew Written Nov 5, 2002

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    lovely baracoa without jinateros

    The tourist walks into a popular spot and there are usually jinateros waiting for him like vultures. Invariably the tourist is drawn into the attention of the jinatero or jinatera, not realizing that it is a scene reenacted every night and these people are professional at what they do. The tourist leaves with the thought that he has made a good friend, Jinatera or Jinatero goes home with a few extra dollars from the tourist.

    Unique Suggestions: How to avoid these gigolos, prostitutes or pan handlers?
    In Cuba, the genuine people are not in the streets or tourist areas trying to make friends. to paraphrase Groucho Marx: I dont want to be a friend of someone who wants me for a friend.
    Ask your new acquaintance what he does for a living? if he says: estoy luchando, I am struggling, that is euphemism for stealing from wherever. Regardless of what they get paid majority of the good cubans have work and usually are good at it.
    Avoid persons in museum Matachin for example to whom many foreigners are attracted to. He is able to dupe you the same way he does others.

    Fun Alternatives: Cubans are one of the friendliest people on earth. Do a little homework before hand and try to meet people who are a credit to their country: such as writers, poets, artists, workers, students etc.
    In Baracoa, at the Museum Matachin, I can only recommend, Miguel Castro, Beatriz Cesar Reyes and Clarita Muguercia as people worth the while and not Jinatero/as.

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