Villa Paradiso

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

Tag: Culture


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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]