Villa Paradiso

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

Category: Sustainable Tourism


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 […]

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 […]

From Villa Paradiso: Thank You 2017, Welcome 2018!


This year our guests kept telling us they were extremely happy to have stayed at Villa Paradiso. We were fortunate to welcome wonderful solo travelers, couples, groups of friends and families and we are grateful for each and everyone’s visit. Several words come over and over again in the reviews posted by our guests: location, […]

La Farola, from Santiago de Cuba to Baracoa


The route to Baracoa from Santiago de Cuba encompasses some of the most beautiful roads in Cuba. The southern coast of Guantanamo province features karst formations right by the deep blue of the Caribbean, while the legendary La Farola road crowns the trip meandering between the green Sierra del Purial mountains. Throughout the 250 km […]

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 […]

Our Garden – An Endless Dream


A garden is like a dream. When we bought this house with its adjacent land three years ago, it didn’t have a garden. Villa Paradiso had to be invented and its back area was just a piece of land that needed care, attention and effort. That’s how we started dreaming of a garden. It wasn’t […]