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Baracoa: Unveiling Cuba’s Hidden Tropical Paradise

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Baracoa: Unveiling Cuba’s Hidden Tropical Paradise

Baracoa: Unveiling Cuba’s Hidden Tropical Paradise

Are you ready to discover a hidden gem nestled on the northeastern coast of Cuba? Look no further than Baracoa, a tropical paradise that offers a truly immersive and unforgettable experience. At, we are delighted to present this comprehensive guide to help you explore the wonders of Baracoa and make the most of your visit. From stunning natural landscapes to rich cultural heritage, Baracoa has it all.

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The Untouched Beauty of Baracoa

Majestic Mountains and Verdant Forests

Baracoa’s landscape is characterized by its majestic mountains and lush, verdant forests. The crown jewel is undoubtedly the Yunque Mountain, standing tall and offering panoramic views of the surrounding areas. As you hike through the El Yunque National Park, you’ll be mesmerized by the diverse flora and fauna that call this place home. Keep an eye out for rare orchids and colorful parrots, as they add to the enchanting beauty of this national park. For nature enthusiasts, a visit to the Alejandro de Humboldt National Park is a must. This UNESCO World Heritage site boasts unparalleled biodiversity and provides an immersive experience in the heart of untouched nature.


Pristine Beaches and Turquoise Waters

Baracoa is also renowned for its pristine beaches and crystal-clear turquoise waters. Picture yourself unwinding on the soft white sands of Playa Maguana, a secluded beach where you can relax and soak up the sun. If you’re a diving enthusiast, head to Playa Baracoa, where vibrant coral reefs and a plethora of marine life await you beneath the surface. For a unique swimming experience, don’t miss the natural pools of Rio Miel, where the freshwater streams meet the salty ocean, creating a refreshing and picturesque setting.

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Rich History and Cultural Heritage


Colonial Architecture and Historic Sites

Step back in time as you explore the colonial architecture and historic sites that abound in Baracoa. The city’s historic center is a treasure trove of colorful colonial buildings that tell tales of the past. Marvel at the Catedral de Nuestra Señora de la Asunción, the first cathedral built in Cuba, with its impressive architecture and ornate interior. For panoramic views, visit the Fortaleza de San Carlos de la Cabaña, a 17th-century fortress that stands as a testament to Baracoa’s history and resilience.


Local Cuisine and Flavors

Indulge your taste buds in the unique flavors of Baracoa’s local cuisine, a fusion of indigenous, Spanish, and African influences. Sample the iconic dish of “cocada,” a sweet treat made from fresh coconuts that will transport you to tropical paradise with every bite. Don’t forget to try the renowned “chocolate baracoano,” made from locally grown cocoa beans and known for its rich and intense flavor. These culinary delights are a true reflection of Baracoa’s cultural heritage.

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Warm Hospitality and Festivals


Welcoming Locals and Vibrant Community

One of the highlights of visiting Baracoa is the warm hospitality and vibrant community spirit that permeates the city. The locals are known for their friendly nature and willingness to share their culture with visitors. Engage in conversations with the residents, and you’ll uncover fascinating stories and local legends that have shaped the identity of Baracoa. Immerse yourself in the vibrant community atmosphere as you witness lively music performances and traditional dances during local festivals.


Colorful Festivals and Celebrations

Baracoa comes alive during its colorful festivals and celebrations. One of the most anticipated events is the Festival del Cacao y el Chocolate, where the region’s rich cocoa heritage takes center stage. Indulge in chocolate tastings, participate in workshops, and immerse yourself in cultural events that showcase the art of chocolate making. Experience the energy and excitement of the Fiesta de la Bandera, a vibrant carnival celebrating the raising of the Cuban flag in Baracoa. Prepare to be amazed by the music, dance, and elaborate costumes that adorn the streets. Another event not to be missed is the Semana Santa (Holy Week) celebrations, where the city is engulfed in spiritual rituals and traditional ceremonies.

A picture-perfect scene of Playa Maguana, with its soft white sands and crystal-clear turquoise waters.


Baracoa is a tropical paradise that offers a blend of natural beauty, rich history, and warm hospitality, making it an ideal destination for discerning travelers. Whether you’re seeking outdoor adventures, cultural immersion, or simply a tranquil beach getaway, Baracoa has something to offer. At [Your Company Name], we invite you to embark on a journey of exploration and create lifelong memories in this hidden gem of Cuba.

all four seasons in Cuba, representing the diverse experiences and attractions throughout the year

Where to go in Cuba

A shortlist of our favourite holiday destinations in the Caribbean Island


Havana is nothing short of fascinating. The crumbling facades, the disquieting sound of 1950’s classic American cars filling the streets and mixing with the sounds of rumba, salsa, jazz coming from every household… it all comes together to create a cityscape that’s sensual and nostalgic, hopeful, and beautiful.


The Valley of Vinales boasts Cuba’s most dramatic landscapes. The iconic limestone formations ( the Cuban mogotes) attract nature lovers in search for peace, quiet, endemic species or simply postcard-worthy natural beauty.


Over 20 miles of powder-soft, white-sand beach and turquoise waters make Varadero the perfect Caribbean sun and beach destination. Some of the best all-inclusive beach resorts in the island are located here

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Did you know we have visited Cuba many times? We have travelled across the main landmarks but also off the beaten track.

Cuba is the ideal destination for a tailormade package because there is so much to choose from! It does not cost extra to personalise your trip, so call us and ask. We have so many recommendations!

Call our UK or USA numbers to speak with a Cuba expert: +44208 126 1000 or +1212 688 6588

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