Villa Paradiso

A unique bed & breakfast, a lovely guesthouse in Baracoa, Cuba

Category: Activities


Pozo Azul & Punta de Maisi – Where Cuba Begins


Now that you’ve made it to Baracoa, why not venture to the island’s tip, where Cuba begins, where the sun rises? Punta de Maisi lies at the country’s frontier, facing the Windward Passage – and very nearby lies wonderful Pozo Azul. Only a minute proportion of travellers explore the region beyond the Yumuri Canyon. Very […]

Baracoa’s Nengon & Kiriba – Roots of the Cuban Son


Are you passionate about traditional Cuban music? Then you probably know that Cuban salsa evolved from Eastern Cuba’s son (the son oriental). And that the son oriental and the changüí guantanamero stem from the roots of Baracoa’s nengón and kiribá. Only a visit to Baracoa will allow you to get to know the people that […]

Mapurisi Beach – Baracoa Off the Beaten Path


Off-the-beaten-track Mapurisi beach is a little paradise in the small town of Nibujon, at the gates of Baracoa’s Alexander Humboldt National Park. There is no tourism infrastructure nor services here – just you and the wild coast to explore and enjoy. Baracoa has other beautiful, undeveloped beaches with some basic services such as family-run restaurants […]

Yumuri Canyon and the Belete Waterfalls


Yumuri Canyon has always been a popular excursion for travellers who come to Baracoa. That said, only a few ones make it to the 20 meters-high Belete Waterfalls. Indeed, with its 911 hectares, the Yumuri Canyon Protected Area offers visitors everything from amazing lookout points, a boat ride on the river, bathing in emerald natural […]

Alexander Humboldt National Park (Part 2)


Alexander Humboldt National Park embodies a unique approach to the relation between human beings and their environment.  A hike through the park offers you a living portrait of the coexistence of rural communities and natural wonders. An ever-growing harmony in view of conservation Roughly 3,000 people live within Alexander Humboldt National Park. Composed of agricultural, […]

Alexander Humboldt National Park (1)


With its various trails and a boat ride in Taco Bay, Alexander Humboldt National Park offers a range of options to those who would like to explore it. Declared by UNESCO a World Natural Heritage Site in 2001, the park is located within the Cuchillas del Toa Biosphere Reserve. Biodiversity, endemism, fertility and abundance Both […]

Baracoa’s Organic Cocoa – Finger-Licking Good!


If you are still looking for a reason to come to Baracoa, here’s a very convincing one (to be found nowhere else in Cuba) – the most delicious organic chocolate you’ve ever tasted! No matter what road you take in Baracoa, cacao farms will be waiting for you at every turn – small trees with […]

Three Baracoan Painters, Bearers of Our History and Culture


Yes, nature is wonderful in Baracoa, yet the region’s visual arts as well captivate travellers’ aesthetic experience when they visit this hidden area of Cuba. Villa Paradiso is pleased to introduce you to three quintessentially Baracoan painters, some of whose paintings we proudly exhibit on our casa‘s walls. Neo-Taíno art visions – Mildo Matos Carcassés […]

Boca de Boma, Cueva del Cacique & Cajuajo Beach


Would you like to discover off the beaten track spots in Baracoa? Villa Paradiso suggests Boca de Boma, Cueva del Cacique and Cajuajo Beach. This one-day excursion combines rural roads, mangroves, a rocky bay, an archaeological site and a hidden, unblemished beach… On seldom travelled roads A lot of travellers take the road from Baracoa […]

River Duaba and its Waterfalls – Baracoa’s Pristine Streams


Whoever has been fortunate to bathe in river Duaba will always remember the most clear and refreshing waters on these lands. Nothing compares to a sunny day in Baracoa’s tropical forest for a dive into the Duaba between rapids, waterfalls and lovely natural pools. Streaming down from the sierra heights Travellers who hike into the […]

Yara-Majayara • Baracoa, Cuba

Yara-Majayara – mangroves, caves & amazing panoramic views


Yara-Majayara is a protected area in Baracoa. It offers many riches to explore to those who love hiking, ecotourism, archaeology and cyclotourism. Its natural and cultural attractions include the delta of river Miel with its mangroves, a system of geological terraces with numerous caves, the diverse local flora, various little peasant communities, Boma Bay… As […]

El Yunque – Baracoa

From the summit of El Yunque, Baracoa’s iconic mount


Wherever you might be in the Baracoa region, the captivating sight of majestic mount El Yunque (The Anvil) seems to call you to hike to the summit through beautiful endemic flora and fauna. A strikingly iconic natural presence, El Yunque is closely tied to Baracoa’s identity. Baracoans consider it a symbol of our city and […]