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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…
Top Choice Cuban in Baracoa

Restaurante Las Terrazas Casa Nilson

Up above his house on a spectacular two-level terrace decorated in quirky Afro-Caribbean style, owner Nilson serves some of the best authentic Baracoan food in town, and hence Cuba. You can't miss with wonderfully r…
Top Choice Traditional Music in Baracoa

Casa de la Trova Victorino Rodríguez

Cuba's smallest, zaniest, wildest and most atmospheric casa de la trova (trova house) rocks nightly to the voodoo-like rhythms of changüí-son. One night the average age of the band is 85, the next it's 22. The commo…
Top Choice Cuban in Baracoa

El Buen Sabor

Served on a spotless and breezy upstairs terrace, meals come with salad, soup and side included. You can expect the best of Baracoan cuisine at this private restaurant, including swordfish in a coconut sauce, bacán …
Top Choice Cultural in Baracoa

Semana de la Cultura Baracoesa

Locals hit the streets to celebrate the 1895 landing of Antonio Maceo. There are feasts and fairs featuring genuine traditions: musical styles and dancing influenced by both indigenous and modern rhythms. It ends wi…
Top Choice Caribbean in Baracoa

Restaurante la Punta

Cooled by Atlantic breezes (and the occasional full-on gale), the Gaviota-run La Punta aims to impress with well-prepared, garnished food in the lovely historical surrounds of the La Punta fort. Go on a Saturday nig…
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…
Cultural Center in Baracoa

Casa de la Cultura

This venue does a wide variety of shows including some good rumba incorporating the textbook Cuban styles of guaguancó, yambú and columbia (subgenres of rumba). Go prepared for mucho audience participation. There's …