Top Choice Museum in Baracoa

Museo Arqueológico 'La Cueva del Paraíso'

Baracoa's most impressive museum, Las Cuevas del Paraíso is a series of caves that were once Taíno burial chambers. Among nearly 2000 authentic Taíno pieces are unearthed skeletons, ceramics, 3000-year-old petroglyp…
Park in Baracoa

Parque Natural Majayara

Southeast of town in the Parque Natural Majayara are a couple of magical hikes and swimming opportunities plus an archaeological trail in the grounds of a lush family farm. It's a very low-key, DIY diversion. Altern…
Fort in Baracoa

Fuerte Matachín

Baracoa is protected by a trio of muscular Spanish forts. This one, built in 1802 at the southern entrance to town, houses the Museo Municipal. The small but beautiful building showcases an engaging chronology of Cu…
Museum in Baracoa

Casa del Cacao

Baracoa, you will quickly ascertain (via your nose), is the center of Cuba's chocolate industry; cocoa is grown hereabouts and subsequently chocolate-ized in a local factory. Thus this museum with cafe chronicles th…
Fort in Baracoa

El Castillo de Seboruco

Baracoa's highest fort was begun by the Spanish in 1739 and finished by the Americans in 1900. Barely recognizable as a fort these days, it serves as Hotel El Castillo. There's an excellent view of El Yunque's flat …
Church in Baracoa

Catedral de Nuestra Señora de la Asunción

After years of neglect, Baracoa's hurricane-battered historic cathedral has been lovingly restored using primarily Italian funding. There's been a building on this site since the 16th century, though this present, m…
Beach in Baracoa

Playa Duaba

Heading north on the Moa road, take the Hotel Porto Santo/airport turnoff and continue for 2km past the airport runway to a black-sand beach at the river mouth where Antonio Maceo, Flor Crombet and others landed in …
Statue in Baracoa

Bust of Hatuey

Facing the cathedral is the Bust of Hatuey, a rebellious Indian cacique (chief) who was burned at the stake near Baracoa in 1512 after refusing to convert to Catholicism.
Fort in Baracoa

Fuerte de la Punta

This Spanish fort has watched over the harbor entrance at the northwestern end of town since 1803. The super-thick, hurricane-resistant walls now hide a restaurant.
Historic Building in Baracoa

Poder Popular

On triangular Plaza Independencia (this being Baracoa, they couldn't have a square plaza) is the neoclassical Poder Popular, a municipal government building that you can admire from the outside.