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Known as the “First City” of Cuba, it is the main tourist attraction in Guantanamo province in the east of the country. Located between the Macaguanigua and Miel rivers, it was founded on August 15, 1511 and named after Our Lady of the Assumption of Baracoa by the Spanish conqueror Diego Velázquez.

Baracoa had the first town hall and was the first capital of the Island and retains many historical features, including the Sacred Cross of Parra, a symbol of the Christianity that Admiral Christopher Columbus brought on his first trip. Traces of Spanish rule remain in the main buildings, including the fortifications of El Castillo and La Punta, now converted into a hotel and restaurant respectively.

French influence is also seen in Baracoa culture, with its origins at the beginning of the 19th century when French settlers fled the Haitian independence revolution and arrived to cultivate coffee and cocoa. The Baracoa coastline was also the scene of numerous beach landings for expeditions that helped achieve independence for Cuba.

The area is perfect for nature tourism with high mountain ranges with abundant flora and fauna, as well as for visitors who just want to enjoy the provincial charm of the oldest historic town centre in Cuba. The Caribbean Sea seafront promenade to the east of Baracoa Bay extends for 2 kilometres and plays host to much of the cultural life in the most modern area of beautiful Baracoa.

Baracoa cuisine has its own special personality and recipes that use coconut, cocoa and coffee, the main crops grown in the region and the history of which you can learn first hand on some of the attractive trails we propose. Natural attractions include the Toa River, El Saltadero waterfall and the Yunque mountains.

The combination of its charms, culture, history and tradition make Baracoa one of the most attractive places in the entire country.

Hostal La Habanera | Hostal in Cuba | Gaviota Hoteles

Hostal La Habanera

This hotel is located in a privileged setting, right in the historic heart of the city of Baracoa.

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Hostal La Rusa

The hostel is situated in a privileged setting in front of the sea on the Baracoa esplanade, and it is a historic place as the famous Russian woman from Baracoa lived here until her death.

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Villa Maguana

Enjoy exclusive privacy, peace and comfort, only 20 Km (12.42 miles) away from the city of Baracoa.

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Hostal Río Miel

The facility is a small 12-room city hostel located on a privileged setting on the sea promenade in Baracoa.

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Hotel Porto Santo

The Porto Santo hotel is located at one end of the Baracoa Bay, only 3 km (1.8 miles) away from the city, with excellent views on the Bay and the city, and a small beach in the vicinity of which a replica of the famous “Cruz de Parra” (The Grapevine Cross) can be found at the same place where it was planted by Christopher Columbus in 1492.

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Hotel El Castillo

The Castillo hotel is located on a hill which can be spotted from anywhere in the city, with excellent views of Baracoa and its surroundings.

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Hostal 1511

The hostel is located in a privileged setting close to the historic centre of the city of Baracoa.

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Hotel Baracoa

The Baracoa Hotel is located alongside the famous seafront promenade in the first city ever founded in Cuba. It provides excellent views of the city, the bay and El Yunque, one of the most important natural attractions in the area.

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