Villa Paradiso

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

Tag: Off the beaten path

Little known, off-the-beaten-track activities.


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 […]

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 […]

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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]