Not many people know where Baracoa is. My advice is to check it on your map, and make your way there. It is a beautiful small town in the Guantanamo Province, on the very south east corner of Cuba. It used to be completely isolated until in 1964 La Farola, a road that offers amazing view over the forest and the mountains, connected it to Santiago. The weather in Baracoa is purely tropical: sunny and hot, with showers every day. Baracoa is the perfect starting point to hike the El Yunque, a flat top mountain visible from the city, and to navigate one of the 29 rivers that of the region, so clean that you can literally drink the water. Not far from Baracoa, Playa Maguana is one of the most beautiful beaches in the country. Baracoa is also the gourmet capital of Cuba. The typical dishes are lobster, shrimps and octopus in coconut sauce: they are delicious!
Nowhere else is Cuba's natural beauty more evident than it is in Baracoa, a town isolated from the rest of the island, in the most remote region of Guantanamo Province. To get here, you drive a series of steep mountain roads, overlooking the coastline. It's a challenge, but so worth it! Here you'll witness up close the Yunque mountain, with its peculiar shape, and the largest bioversity that Cuba has to offer, complete with a total of 29 rivers. Best of all, here you'll find the best organic cocoa beans all over the Caribbean. Baracoa is also Cuba's oldest settlement, where Christopher Columbus planted a cross upon arrival (still to be found here) as well as the capital of the indigenous people, the Taíno.