Baracoa lies on the Bay of Honey, Bahia de Miel, at the far eastern tip of Cuba and it is truly a sweet topping to any trip to the island. Separated from the rest of Cuba by forested mountains, the town has a unique feel about it, perhaps due to its long isolation; prior to the early sixties the only access to Baracoa was via the sea.
Baracoa boasts a history beyond the crumbling colonial buildings of Havana or Santiago, as the site of the first colonial settlement in Cuba. Here you can see evidence of the indigenous Taino people and pay tribute to Cubas’ first revolutionary, the Taino chief Hatuey, burnt at the stake by the Spaniards as he fought to protect his island and culture.
Beyond the town itself, there is much explore. Baracoa is the gateway to the Parque Nacional Alejandro de Humbolt, one of the least explored natural areas in Cuba, and a UNESCO world heritage site due to the high percentage of endemic flora and fauna found there. There are beaches, pristine rivers, waterfalls, and a range of landscapes, from rainforest to desert, and enjoying the varied nature as well as the warmth of the locals can easily fill many days.
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