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Baracoa Cuba - Have you ever been?

There is smaller town located near the eastern tip of Cuba, in the Guantanamo province called Baracoa. Baracoa is a city full of history and as well full of natural beauty.
Baracoa has so much history, it’s impossible to ignore, and as the oldest Spanish settlement in the whole of Cuba, it’s no surprise. Back in the day, 1518 to be exact, this was actually the country’s first capital, and is where Christopher Columbus landed on his first voyage, meaning Baracoa was his first taste of Cuba.
If you been before in Baracoa please share with us your photos and videos. If you never visited Baracoa before than you will have to go and check yourself. If you have any questions about Baracoa please ask in this thread I will try to answer. Now I will share some photos and videos from Baracoa with you:

500 years of Baracoa Cuba Video:

I was there about 15 years ago - drove from Marea Portillo. This is where the late Errol Flynn hung out and said " So many beautiful women and so little time ! ’

Thant is so true. I find Baracoa secluded from the rest of Cuba and different comparing to other touristic places and big cities.

I have been there twice with Cuban friends to visit their relatives. Even they thought it was a dump. I will never return:

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[quote=@bellagio]I have been there twice with Cuban friends to visit their relatives. Even they thought it was a dump. I will never return:
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Did they take you to El Yunque, El Yunque, Toa, Rio Yumuri, Playa Maguana etc … Nature is the most beautiful of all Cuba. They grow cacao nuts to make chocolate, coffee beans etc … area is rich of flora and fauna!

Baracoa Playa Maguana:

Did you guys go swimming in river called Duaba? Very warm waters and you can drink water as it is very clean:

I spent 4 days in Baracoa actually left Santiago on Friday Feb 13/09 (was a lucky day 8-)) as it turned out to be my favourite place in Cuba, definitely off the touron trail!

For my impressions here’s a link to a discussion on doscentavos about it, will bring back memories to long time Cuba forum users as GOM and Mardi were in n the discussion.

[a href=“http://doscentavos.yuku.com/15/Baracoa?page=1”][a href=“http://doscentavos.yuku.com/topic/15/Baracoa?page=1”]Baracoa[/a][/a]

In post #10 there is a link to Baracoa with some good info, including a link to Chief Hatuey burned at the stake by good Christians.

Also in my Picasa album Cuba 2009 pics #418-465 were taken in Baracoa [attachment id=“146” thumbnail=“1”] 

Enjoy

This is daily street life in Baracoa:

So if you stay on the street all day I guess it can be boring but there is much more than streets in Baracoa.

I first visited Baracoa in 1998 and it was absolutely lovely.

I’ve visited several times since and now that it’s firmly on the Gringo Trail it has become one of my least favourite places in Cuba - as Bellagio says, pretty much a dump - although the mostly out of date guide books still rave about it. I love small Cuban towns, but not ones that during high season have more tourists than locals.

Even getting out of town doesn’t help much anymore (although it is beautiful) because all the easily accessible sights are overrun with tourists too.

Other people love it though… different strokes…

Cheers,
Terry

Hmm things must of really changed since February 2009 (high season) as I think I saw maybe 5 tourists during my 4 days in town. ???

Here is another video made in Baracoa next to the small par where many people from Baracoa come out at night to chill out or listen some street music and socialize.