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Baracoa, Cuba

At the tip of eastern Cuba, sleepy Baracoa was Christopher Columbus’ landing site in 1492, Cuba’s first settlement and the original capital city.

Like Santiago de Cuba, Baracoa has more of a French influence, due to settlers from Haiti, and enjoys a tropical atmosphere unmatched elsewhere in Cuba, with rich, verdant forests, coconut palms and citrus groves on every side.

Getting to Baracoa

Baracoa is remote but can be reached by a very picturesque five hour drive from Santiago de Cuba. Arriving by road is particularly dramatic as you descend from the mountains in a series of hairpin bends, with beautiful views over the lush landscape to the sparkling Atlantic.

Hotels are simple here but this is a perfect place to absorb the colonial charm of the city, or walk amongst the surrounding mountains.

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Suggested itineraries featuring Baracoa

This sample itinerary will give you an idea of what is possible when you travel in Baracoa, and showcases routes we know work particularly well. Treat this as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.

Map of Baracoa

Places & hotels on the map

    Places near Baracoa

    Accommodation choices for Baracoa

    We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Baracoa. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.

    • Hotel El Castillo, Baracoa

      El Castillo


      The Hotel Castillo is one of Baracoa's most prominent buildings and is set above the town with sweeping views.