Swaying palm trees, soft sandy beaches, rolling waves and a charismatic culture. Breath-taking Baracoa is undeniably one of Cuba’s most picturesque destinations and with its exceptional history and dynamic culture - the possibilities for an unforgettable vacation are endless. Amongst table topped mountains, lush tropical greenery and carnival colours, you will find an isolated and intriguing Cuban paradise!
The story of Baracoa
Like most of the destinations in Cuba, Baracoa was discovered by Christopher Columbus and is considered one of the most beautiful Cuban regions. Admiral Christopher Columbus sailed to Baracoa on the evening of 26 November in 1492 and documented his discovery in his diary describing a beautiful bay which was overlooked by a large, square mountain. It is said to be the first colonial settlement founded in Cuba.
Since Baracoa was discovered, it has been home to a variety of settlers but it is firmly rooted in its Spanish culture. Known for its energetic colours and vibrant culture, it is clear that Baracoa holds its heritage in incredible steed.
In honour of the brave explorer who first came across Baracoa, there is a magically sculpted tree trunk depicting a thoughtful Christopher Columbus looking inland.
While the rest of Cuba has been inundated with tourism, the isolated beauty of Baracoa has remained unspoilt and truly charming. With character shining through in every step, Baracoa is a true Cuban paradise.
Accomodation in Baracoa
While Baracoa still boasts an authentic Cuban charm, with its distinctive peeling paint jobs indicating lived-in beauty, the region is fast becoming a popular tourist attraction. In order to offer the perfect Cuban paradise, it is essential that the city boasts a variety of hotels and other accommodation options. So whether you are looking to indulge in a luxury hotel or you would prefer the quiet comfort of a local guesthouse - you will find a piece of home in Baracoa. If hotel stays don’t seem quite exotic enough for you, why not immerse yourself in the culture and opt for a casa stay in true Cuban fashion.
No matter how or where you choose to spend your time in Baracoa, the opportunities for adventure are endless!
What to see and do in beautiful Baracoa
Baracoa is surrounded by spectacular natural beauty. From beaches to rivers, orchards, mountains and impressive natural reserves - Baracoa and its surrounding regions are abundantly blessed with the sights, smells and sounds of a natural paradise! Explore the El Yunque Mountain with hiking trails and paths that will showcase the hidden gems of the region. From colourful bird spotting to unparalleled views of the city and sea below, there is no shortage of incredible sightings in Baracoa.
Coffee enthusiasts will be captivated with the variety of Cuban coffees, and may even be interested in learning more about how these coffee plantations come to be. From coffee tasting tours to coconut and cacao excursions, you will find something to tantalise your taste buds in Baracoa.
There are also a number of activities to get you onto the waters, so get ready to get your feet wet in the rivers and bays of Baracoa. Whether you want to scuba dive in the reefs of Maguana, or you want to paddle along the Miel River - you will find yourself enchanted by the beauty of your surroundings.
If you are looking for a more culturally enriched vacation, then why not explore the secrets of the Spanish fortresses which make up the city of Baracoa? Get lost in history as you stroll through the museums, or find yourself falling in love with the vibrant culture of the region.
While the sun shines in Baracoa, you will have ample opportunity to explore the many attractions of the region but don’t fear boredom when the sun sets. The party is only just beginning as night falls, so get ready to feel the energy of Baracoa’s nightlife as you salsa from bars to nightclubs and restaurants to dance parties under the night sky.