Top Choice Museum in Baracoa

Museo Arqueológico 'La Cueva del Paraíso'

Baracoa's most impressive museum is exhibited in a series of caves, Las Cuevas del Paraíso, that were once Taíno burial chambers. Among nearly 2000 authentic Taíno pieces are unearthed skeletons, ceramics, 3000-yea…
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 cafe cum museum chronicles the…
Church in Baracoa

Catedral de Nuestra Señora de la Asunción

After years of neglect in which it was nearly felled by one hurricane too many, Baracoa's historic cathedral has been lovingly restored using primarily Italian money. There's been a building on this site since the 1…
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 …
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 rather pleasant restaurant.
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 …
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 which you can admire from the outside.
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. Passin…
Factory in Baracoa

Fábrica de Chocolate

The delicious sweet smells filling the air in this neck of the woods are concocted in the famous chocolate factory 1km past the airport turnoff, opened, not by Willy Wonka, but by Che Guevara in 1963. It's not curre…