Top things to do

Top Choice Mountain in Northwest of Baracoa

El Yunque

Baracoa's rite of passage is the 8km (up and down) hike to the top of this moody, mysterious mountain. Views from the summit (575m) and the flora and birdlife along the way are stupendous. Bank on seeing tocororo (C…
Top Choice Park in Guantánamo

Zoológico de Piedras

Surreal even by Cuban standards, the Zoológico de Piedras is an animal sculpture park set amid thick foliage in the grounds of a mountain coffee farm, 20km northeast of Guantánamo. Carved quite literally out of the …
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 Live Music in Guantánamo

Tumba Francesa Pompadour

One of only three Tumba Francesa societies left in Cuba, this house, situated four blocks east of the train station, specializes in a unique form of Haitian-style dancing. Programs include mi tumba baile (dance) on …
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 Caribbean in Guantánamo

Sabor Melián

With a discreet entrance on a busy avenue, this locals' favorite features good service and quality Caribbean chow. Don't fear going face-to-face with the whole fried snapper – under crisp skin the meat is incredibly…
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…