Villa Paradiso

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

Tag: History


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 – 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

IDAHO in Baracoa – Towards a Prosperous Revolution for Everyone’s Good


“We want the people to join us, under one vision for everybody – Towards a prosperous Revolution for everyone’s good! No to homophobia! Long live the Cuban Revolution!” Over such a political speech and among floating rainbow flags, the first ever parade and conga against homophobia, biphobia and transphobia in Baracoa was launched on May […]

Baracoa After Hurricane Matthew? Ready to Welcome You!


A lot of travellers are asking whether Baracoa is ready to receive tourists after hurricane Matthew, which pounded our region the night of October 4th to 5th, 2016. The answer is clear and simple – yes, Baracoa is ready! (Note to reader: except for the photo that shows us protecting our house, all photos and the […]

International Workers Day – A Celebration in Baracoa!


It is 6:30 a.m. and the sun begins to rise above Miel Bay. On our balconies we can feel the sea breeze and the morning light flooding everything. From loud speakers downtown all the way to this hill you can listen to the opening chords and lyrics of Silvio Rodríguez’ “Vamos a andar” (“Let’s get […]

The Taino Heritage in Baracoa


You may not know it, but several words you use go back to the Taino, an indigenous people that marked the history of Baracoa and the Caribbean through their struggle, resistance and perseverance under extremely adverse circumstances. Indeed, we’re indebted to the Taino people for words such as canoe, hammock, tobacco, hurricane… The history of […]

Baracoa, Cuba’s best-kept little secret!


Baracoa is Cuba’s best-kept secret – and the bearer of a beautiful natural and human story. It’s a unique example of the authentic Cuba, where you can experience an unforgettable stay far away from the crowds and the noise of all-inclusive resorts. Come to Baracoa and enjoy sustainable tourism the Cuban way! History Baracoa is rich in […]