Visit Baracoa and its surroundings

The El Yunque, in the background Adam Jones, Ph.D. - Global Photo Archive/Flickr

The El Yunque, in the background ©Adam Jones, Ph.D. – Global Photo Archive/Flickr

Baracoa is an excellent tourist destination of Cuba, although, due to its geographic isolation, the town is just a recent destination to be discovered by tourists. In case you are planning to explore the remote northeastern corner of Cuba, I recommend you to discover Baracoa, too. It is considered a beautiful, almost unspoiled colonial town, being surrounded by wonderful beaches and lush rainforest.

The easily recognizable local landmark, the El Yunque is a main attraction of the town’s surroundings. Both the town and its surroundings are attractive. With cobblestone streets, the colonial town offers a peaceful atmosphere for the tourists. If you are looking for a place which is not crowded, visit Baracoa and its surroundings.


As I already mentioned it, Baracoa is a wonderful colonial town. With cobblestone streets, great architectural jewels and a magnificent surrounding area, Baracoa is a great place to visit. Due to its isolation, it is not crowded at all. So, if you are looking for a peaceful destination, I recommend you to choose Baracoa. With cocoa trees, the town is very attractive.

Along the eastern part of the town runs a miniature Malecon (Havana’s famous seaside promenade). It is a preferred sight for both tourists and locals. It actually ends in a park which is dedicated to Christopher Columbus. His statue is the highlight of the park. It is considered that he landed here, at Baracoa, in 1492. The Cathedral Nuestra Señora de la Asunción is one of the architectural highlights of the town.

The Malecon of Baracoa Adam Jones, Ph.D. - Global Photo Archive/Flickr

The Malecon of Baracoa ©Adam Jones, Ph.D. – Global Photo Archive/Flickr

Playa Maguana and Playa Nibujón

In the northwestern part of the town there are two tranquil beaches: Playa Maguana and Playa Nibujón. The most popular among tourists is Playa Maguana. It is a gorgeous beach which features restaurants and bars. Playa Nibujón is a more rustic beach, being mainly frequented by the locals.

Playa Maguana Thomas H Brown/Flickr

Playa Maguana ©Thomas H Brown/Flickr

The El Yunque

The nearest natural attraction to Baracoa is the El Yunque Mountain. It is located just 7 km west of the town, being a significant landmark of it. The El Yunque is a table mountain, having a shape which resembles to an anvil. The mountain was declared a National Monument of Cuba. It is very attractive among tourists who visit Baracoa.

The El Yunque, in the background Adam Jones, Ph.D. - Global Photo Archive/Flickr

The El Yunque, in the background ©Adam Jones, Ph.D. – Global Photo Archive/Flickr

The Cuchillas de Toa Biosphere Reserve

Located a little bit farther, the fantastic UNESCO Biosphere Reserve named the Cuchillas de Toa is a main natural attraction of Baracoa’s surroundings. “The Ridges of River Toa” is a very attractive protected area. It is considered one of the last untouched rainforests of the entire world. The reserve contains a large number of endangered animal and plant species.







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