Baracoa at a glance
Map Baracoa Cuba
Baracoa Cuba Travel guide
1074 km
Santiago de Cuba
170 km

Top Sights

  • Discover the historic sights, including the 3 old Spanisch Fortresses
  • The landscape in the surroundings with its characteristic mountains
  • Climb the El Yunque mountain and enjoy nature.
  • The nice beaches on the coast of Baracoa
  • The National Park Alejandro de Humboldt in the north of Baracoa
  • Enjoy the exotic cuisine of Baracoa and its exciting tastes
Accommodation Offers in Baracoa

  Photo Gallery

  • Baracoa Cuba Sights - view towards El Yunque
    The Bay of Baracoa - El Yunque mountain in the back
  • Travel guide - Day trip destinations from Baracoa
    Great destinations in the surroundings of Baracoa
  • Prehistoric museum Baracoa
    Museum of Baracoa
  • Baracoa Cuba - panoramic views
    Far East in Cuba - Baracoa
  • Sights - Fortress in Baracoa
    There are 3 Spanish fortresses in Baracoa
  • Beaches in Baracoa
    Great beaches in the surroundings of Baracoa
  • Nature in Baracoa
    Discover the great nature in Baracoa
  • Trekking routes Baracoa
    On the way to the El Yunque mountain
  • Hotels in Baracoa
    Hotel El Castillo
  • Road to Baracoa
    Baracoa - La Farola street
Tourism Baracoa

Beaches |
History |
Nature |

Once Baracoa was one of the best guarded secrets of Cuba. Today it's a "must see" for tourists on their vacations in Cuba.

Although the arrival to this remote area of Cuba is relatively strenuous (unless you arrive by plane), you won't be disappointed. Until 1964 it was only possible to reach Baracoa by sea. Since the road from Guantánamo to Baracoa is build, most of the people go by bus or rental car to this most eastern part of Cuba. The way leads through a spectacular landscape full of mountains and tropical nature.

The picturesque town and the surrounding countryside makes up for the trouble taken into account. Here it was, where Columbus in 1492 saw Cuba for the first time and still today you can see the 500 years old wooden cross in the old church of Baracoa "Catedrál de Nuestra Señora de la Asunción", which was placed here by the Italian discoverer.

Historical buildings like the old Spanish fortress "Fuerte Matachín", the beautiful beaches and the natural highlights like the magical table mountain "El Yunque" make Baracoa a first class travel destination on your vacations in Cuba. 

Sights in Baracoa

Fortress "Fuerte Matachín"

Spanish Fortress Baracoa - Fuerte La Punta

At the end of the beach promenade ("Malecón") of Baracoa you find this old Spanish fort.

Mountain "El Yunque"

Top sights Baracoa - El Yunque mountain

The silhouette of Table Mountain "El Yunque", which piles up majestically behind Baracoa, is one of the most famous landmarks in Cuba. An organized tour costs about 20 CUC. Nature lovers will be rewarded with a magnificent view of the fantastic scenery around. On the plateau of "El Yunque" live many endemic  animal and plant species. If you have enough power for the climb, you shouldn't miss this highlight.

Humboldt National Park

Great nature in the Humboldt National Park near Baracoa

If you love nature, the "Parque Nacional Alejandro de Humboldt" is a must-go. 600 km2 with an incredible diversity of flora and fauna, lots of endemic species.

You can explore the park on your own or book an organized tour from Baracoa.

Cathedral "Nuestra Señora de la Asunción" in Baracoa

Church in Baracoa. Although already "somewhat long in the tooth", this cathedral is one of the most important religious & historical places in Cuba. Here is located the 500 years old, studded with silver, wooden cross of Columbus.

Playas de Baracoa

Beaches in Baracoa Cuba

The most beautiful beaches of Baracoa are called "Playa Duaba" in the north and "Playa Blanca" in the south of the city. 22 km outside Baracoa is located the "Playa Maguana" - a white sandy beach.
However, you can discover many small, picturesque bays with lovely beaches along the coast of Baracoa area. Often you find friendly locals, offering delicious dishes with fish and seafood.

Beach"Playa Maguana"

The "Playa Maguana" Baracoa is located about 20 km north of the city. This magnificent beach is framed by volcanic rocks that give a special touch to this shore.

There is a hotel available on this great spot, called "Villa Maguana". It has been lovingly renovated to match the wonderful nature here.

Beach "Playa Duaba"

Beach "Playa Blanca"

Restaurants und Paladares in Baracoa

Restaurants Baracoa Cuba


Restaurant "La Punta"
Pizzería "Baracoesa"


Paladar "El Colonial"

Nachtleben: Bars & Clubs in Baracoa

Bars and clubs in Baracoa Cuba
"El Ranchón"
"La Terraza"

Anreise nach Baracoa

Arrival to Baracoa

Baracoa is connected to the rest of Cuba by bus connections (Viazul-busses - are for tourists). There are busses starting form Guantanamo city and Santiago de Cuba.

Also there is small airport in Baracoa (Gustavo Rizo - IATA-code: BCA). Twice a week there are flights to Havana and one-way is about 140,00 CUC.
The flight is useful for people with less time and have decided to start there Cuba trip at the most remote point of their route, in order to travel back to Havana step by step (city by city). In this way your trip may be less stressful.

Cuba Baracoa sights
  • Fortress "Fuerte Matachín"
  • Mountain "El Yunque"
  • Humboldt National Park
  • Cathedral "Nuestra Señora de la Asunción" in Baracoa
Cuba Baracoa beaches
  • Beach"Playa Maguana"
  • Beach "Playa Duaba"
  • Beach "Playa Blanca"
Cuba Baracoa private accommodation casa particular
Cuba Baracoa hotels
Public Transport
Cuba Baracoa Airport
  • "Gustavo Rizo" (BCA)
Cuba Baracoa VIAZUL Bus Stop
  • Bus stop by the city center
Cuba Baracoa Bus stations "ASTRO"
Bus stations "ASTRO"
  • Only for Cubans
Cuba Baracoa Car Rental
Car rental
  • Airport
  • Hotel Porto Santo
Useful Informations
Cuba Baracoa Tourist Office
Tourist Office
  • Infotur in the Antonio Maceo Street
  • Ecotur offers tours to the nature
Cuba Baracoa Money Exchange
Money Exchange
  • CADECA is in the Jose Marti street (#241)
Cuba Baracoa Internet
  • You find public wifi at the "Parque Central" (before buy a prepaid-card in the ETECSA-telephone-shop)
Cuba Baracoa Restaurants
  • Restaurant "La Punta"
  • Pizzería "Baracoesa"
Cuba Baracoa Paladares
  • Paladar "El Colonial"
Cuba Baracoa Nightlife
Bars & Clubs
  • "El Ranchón"
  • "La Terraza"