Baracoa Travel Guide

  • Warnings and Dangers
    by cochinjew
  • Warnings and Dangers
    by cochinjew
  • Warnings and Dangers
    by cochinjew

Baracoa Things to Do

  • Skip the beach and visit the rivers!

    Some people talk about the beaches in Baracoa. You have to understand that although Baracoa is coastal, it doesn't really have beaches... at least not the kind of beaches that most people would like to visit.The most common beach mentioned in Baracoa is Playa Maguana. I have to say that I found Playa Maguana to be very disappointing. It was very...

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  • Tour on Rio Tao Baracoa

    We have visited Cuba from April-May for three weeks. We did a boat trip on the Rio Tao including a hiking tour through the banana-, Mango-, and Cacao plantages nearby. We have searched for a good guide in the Internet at home and really were lucky. But when we arrived in Baracoa we had to recognize that "our" guide has settled to Havanna and...

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  • The Road to Guantanamo

    The word Guantanamo now has entered the worlds imagination after 9/11 when the Yanquis erected a detention camp for the Jihadis.The road from Baracoa to Gtmo, is a picturesque one, the intial part of which is far more beautiful than the final part of the journey.There is a Via Azul that leaves Baracoa around 2 pm and winds its way through the...

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  • Santerita

    There is still no official religion in Cuba.But the believes of Cubans is dominated by Santeria - a religion of people of African descent. Although it incorporates a number of Christian themes and motifs - the heart and soul is African. (Picture taken by Ingrid - my travelfriend in Cuba

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  • The Cathedral

    Even if you are a traveller who feels if you've seen one cathedral you've seen them all, IT IS A MUST to stop in the Cathedral in Baracoa. This is the oldest church in Cuba (1512) and has on display a cross which is said to have been placed in Baracoa by Christopher Columbus.

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  • Strolling around in Baracoa

    I do not know why i like this picture.Maybe because the strenght this bull is showing reminds me at the optimism of the Cuban people. The regime nor the American embargo will keep them from happiness.

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  • Strolling around in Baracoa

    Strolling around in Baracoa with Ingrid and Virgin - direction towards Virgins home. We are invited - we will meet her family - we will meet Cubas way of living.

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  • Iglesia de la Asunsion

    The center of Baracoa - another view on the t famous and first church of Cuba.This is the place where many locals meet,day and night - where you can get a taxi - car, bike - for a good price.Hotel Castillo is very near and will give you an exiting overview on the village.

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  • Iglesia de la Asunsion

    The oldest Church in Cuba - founded in 1512The parish priest named Valentin Sanz is a very interesting man in this part of Cuba.We tried to meet him - but we failed.This church is welknown by the Parra Cross - the cross of the Santa Maria (CC)

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  • See the Bay - from Hotel Castillo

    El Yunque - a mountain dominating the bay of Baracao and rises to 530 meter above the level of the atlantic oceanPicture was taken from the famous Hotel Castillo - take a deep breath before climbing all the stairs - but the view is marvelous.The hotel was a previous fortress (Sanguily Fort) - guarding the eastern bay of Cuba.

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  • The typical view on Baracoa bay

    A ship, stranded, for always, in the bay of Baracoa - a typical view from my hotel - from the village ! A monument .

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  • Street scenary in Baracoa

    Tropical center in Baracoa - in the mainstreet - up to the Church and the triangal square - a meeting place for inhabitants and tourists.

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Baracoa Hotels

Baracoa Restaurants

  • Paladar in Baracoa

    X-mas atmosphere in Baracoa - in the hotels - restaurants and even at the local familiesThe restaurant is just great an a highlight in Baracoa.I had a X-mas diner in this "Casa Palador" - together with my travel company. A delicious meal of turtle meat - rice and green salade.

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  • Typical Cuba Food

    The area around is supurb - the food itself is basiccaly oké - the first day - day's.But then - you better go "Casa Particular" - eating in a private athmosphere - tastefull and absolutely different Fish-soup and Langoustines - Private people getting them from the black market.But so fresh and tastefull.

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  • Open air restaurant in Baracao

    The food in Cuba is standard always the same : Rice-beans (dark or white)-salad mostly limited to tomatos - roasted bananas - chicken/fish or beaf .Hotels and restaurants are property of the Cuban State.Please go to private places called "Casa¨Particular" and you will have a great meal in a supurb location.

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Baracoa Nightlife

  • Nights in Baracoa

    Our first night in the hotel, near the swimmingpool a bar opened from 10am till 01am.A relaxing place and meeting point.Pina Colada and a Cuba Libre - the keys of the rooms - and some Cuban cigarettes called " Romeo and Juliette". Shakespeare would like it too. More than leasure, take your time

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  • About Carla's and Karl's

    In the evening we go to the Rumbos, the official bar of the tourist service. The band is already playing and there is a very good atmosphere here. We had good fun in this place.An anecdote: in the Rumbos of Baracoa, we see again the European girl that we saw yesterday morning on that second bus to Baracoa. She has already a Cuban friend sitting...

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  • Street Party

    We encountered a street party in Baracoa on July 23rd. D.K. if it happens every year on that date but it was great!!!This is a view of it as it as it occurred. It was too early for the Celebration of the Revolution and the date for Carnival was supposed to be the first week of April. I suppose it's possible they changed the date, we didn't ask, we...

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Baracoa Transportation

  • bus travel from Baracoa

    We took the Via Azul bus to Baracoa, expecting to take a bus out again. We were informed by Havanatur that the buses were all full until the middle of the next week - no great surprise, as we had been warned about the problems of getting out of Baracoa by bus in our guide. However, we remain sceptical of this, as we never travelled on a full Via...

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  • trains planes and automobiles

    I arrived in Baracoa by plane from Havana. No-one at the Havana airport spoke English so unless your Spanish is good, expect some confusion. BTW a bici-taxi driver will happily take you the 4 kms between Baracoa and the airport if you prefer that to a regular taxi. I left by taxi to Guantanamo (he asked 50 CUC and I didn't argue) and from by train...

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  • National flights - Bara-Habana-Bara

    What an experience - the most easiest way to get to Baracoa - my Paradise.Yes, by plane - cost one way, 185 dollarsFrom Santiago to Bara, only 25 minutes.From Habana to Bara (via Santiago de Cuba) about 3 hours and this last for 185 us dollars.People getting to Baracoa in the east can confirm how hard it is to get there by car or bus.

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Baracoa Local Customs

  • Watch for Cucuruchos

    When crossing the mountains, you may see fruit vendors. Make sure you stop and buy some, as you may not have a chance to buy any other food on the road. But more interesting, look for the vendor selling "Cucuruchos" - a local treat of orange, guava, tamarind and papaya, wrapped in palm leaves in the shape of a cone.

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  • Campismo in Cuba

    The local BBQ facilities at a campismo.Barbecue for Cuban tourist in a special Camp in Baracoa.Whenever they can get the meat - it is fiesta !The politics about getting a well deserved holiday is special in Cuba - they are not that free like we are ! But no politics on this page !

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  • Campismo for locals

    As traveler you might not benifit from this tip - but it is good to know that the locals in Cuba have their vacation "facilities"-say camps - themself.The Campismos are well structured but spartanic places, everywhere in Cuba.Small lodges -sport and BBQ equipment are foreseen.

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Baracoa Warnings and Dangers

  • Pobre Baracoa

    On 20th March, huge waves hit the coast line of Baracoa. There was no rain in sight. But the metereologists said it was a phenomenon due to the arrival of a cold front from Canada. very high waves pounded the Malecon which was already fragile and much damage was done. 20 houses were washed out. 200 hourses were damaged. we were always afraid that...

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  • Take food for the road

    The road to Baracoa, either from Moa in the north, or from Santiago in the south, are both fascinating, however, as with the rest of Cuba, it is always prudent to take food and drinks in the car. There are very few restaurants on these routes, and oftern, if you find a restaurant, they have no food.

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  • Baracoa Hotels

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Baracoa Tourist Traps

  • Paladar Colonial being Honest.. I think

    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? 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

    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? 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

    A former coffee plant - builded by a frenchmanand 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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Baracoa Off The Beaten Path

  • Strolling around on the beach

    Ingrid, strolling around the beaches of Baracoa, our favourite place in Cuba - eastern partand not easy to reach by road - better take a plane - it is faster and relativaly cheaper.Once there - enjoy the kindness of the locals.

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  • Royal palms, chocolate and beaches

    A drive out of town in a westerly direction will promise you some nice adventure.....a chocolate factory, a large river (Toa) with women doing the laundry, in the Taino Indian style, stands of the elegant royal palms, a full view of the bay and of El Yunque mountain, written about by Christopher Columbus. Twelve miles along the coast will bring you...

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  • Eugenios family

    Eugenios family - he and his son gave us a private performance of great Cuban music.In the picture - his grandchild asking :"Who is this strange fellow ?"

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Baracoa Favorites

  • Things a visitor should know about...

    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...

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  • Blue skies and beaches

    Most favorite thing to do in Baracoa is hiring a private taxi who will show you some magnificent places - like non touristic beaches - lagunes. The nature - the locals

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  • The famous mountain

    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. PARA VIVIR AL NATURAL

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