Villa Paradiso

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

Category: Sustainable Tourism


Strange Beauties: Wild Orchids in Baracoa, Cuba


Introducing a constellation of over 20 orchid species living in the Baracoa region, in Eastern Cuba – strange, delicate beauties that will captivate the caring eyes of wild flower lovers! For starters, we offer this Cuban endemic Encyclia hamiltonii floating high, attached to a palm tree trunk along Loma de Piedra trail, in Alexander Humboldt National […]

Cuba’s Tasty Honey – Visiting Baracoa’s Beekeepers


Contrary to the current crisis affecting the bees the world over, Cuban bees are doing very well. Travelers from all continents appreciate the tasty honey produced in our country. We decided to visit the beekeepers in Baracoa. Having enjoyed our region’s amazing honey for a long time, we definitely wanted to go and meet our local […]

A Road Trip Around Cuba’s Far, Far East


A Cuba road trip of your dreams – from Baracoa across the Sierra del Purial mountains to the Maisí-Caleta Ecological Reserve and the deep blue Windward Passage, then back to Baracoa along the Atlantic coastline and through verdant valleys… Here’s our travel photography & nature photography album, plus our field notes for this rare, unique […]

Birding in Loma de Piedra Trail in Baracoa, Cuba


Cuba is a birdwatching paradise in the insular Caribbean. The Baracoa region offers birding and twitching adepts a wide range of bird species to discover in various protected areas and types of habitats. Indeed, a large number of resident birds, including beautiful endemic species and sub-species can be observed in our region – not to […]

Meeting Baracoa’s Peasants and Farmers


If you’re an adept of agritourism*, rural tourism and farm-to-table experiences, you’ll find an ideal destination in Baracoa, Cuba! Visiting this deeply rural region in Eastern Cuba will allow you to get a good sense of Baracoan peasants and farmers’ rich agricultural heritage and new practices. In Cuba, May 17th is the Day of the Cuban […]

15 spectacular hikes in Baracoa, Cuba


If you enjoy hiking, the Baracoa region in Eastern Cuba offers you a nice range of trails to discover. Here are 15 of these hikes, from easy to intermediate to more demanding – all of them quite enjoyable! Baracoa is the greenest region in Cuba. When you hike into one of its several protected areas, […]

Baracoa 2018 in Review – Best Pictures, Shout-Outs and More!


What better way to celebrate and thank our guests, partners and friends than to share our best Baracoa pictures from 2018! May this slide show reach you with our affection – you made our 2018 a very special year we will remember fondly! Baracoa – a bottomless treasure trove of wonderful experiences In 2018 we […]

Ecological Farmers in Humboldt Park


Different from what happens in other countries, Cuba’s national parks and biosphere reserves not only allow you to discover unique fauna and flora species – you can also visit farmer families living in their midst. Established in those territories way before they were designated as protected areas, such small communities develop a conservation culture and […]

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From River Toa to Quibijan – Tropical Forests and Agro-Ecology


When you come to Baracoa you’ll be at the gates of Cuchillas del Toa Biosphere Reserve, one of Cuba’s most beautiful and off-the-beaten-path protected areas. River Toa’s basin features the most transparent waters and the greenest forests in the country. River Toa’s last 20 km before reaching the sea are flanked by populated, fertile and […]

Baracoa – Archaeology in Town


The Baracoa region has several highly important archaeological sites in Cuba. If you are not able to do a one-day excursion to visit some of them, there are a couple of places in town where you can learn more about the life of the Taino people before Columbus. Villa Paradiso recommends visiting the Cuevas El […]

River Las Minas – the Beauty of the Charrascal Flora


River Las Minas is rather modest in length but just as pristine as any other one in Baracoa! It is seldom mentioned, compared to other famous ones such as rivers Duaba, Toa or Yumurí. It runs along a beautiful valley between mountains and it is surrounded by a set of Cuban endemic flora species called […]

Villa Paradiso’s Cuisine – Tradition & Innovation


Who says Cuban food is bad! Our guests will tell you otherwise – in Baracoa (and at Villa Paradiso!) food is delicious and there’s something for everybody – vegetarian, vegan folks or meat and seafood lovers. Villa Paradiso offers its guests breakfasts and dinners with the best of Baracoa and Eastern Cuba’s traditional and creative […]