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Baracoa Travel Guide: 133 reviews and 224 photos

Life in the time of Difficulties

Baracoa, one of the more beautiful spots in the island of Cuba. Lying towards the eastern end of the island, settled by Taino/Arawak Indians about 1000 years ago. They died off soon after contact with Conquistadores, leaving their memory etched in the face of some of the inhabitants.

Miguel Angel Castro Machado

The town of Baracoa is and has been full of eccentric and interesting characters. The most intersting one during this generation is Miguel Angel Castro Machado, Historian, founder of Museo Matachin, racounteur extraordinaire, loyal friend. He knows more about the ecology, history, geography and character of this town than any one else.
Consider it a privilege to meet him.

Miguelin Machado

People often ask me, what and where do you eat in Baraoca.. I wish you had the same luck as I do, living next door to Miguelin, who was a chef at Varadero Hotels for nearly 25 years.
Most visitors who are lucky enough to savour his food say: It is the best food in Cuba. I agree. In one week, Miguelin cooked, paeilla valenciana, lobster in chilli sauce, fresh fish in ginger sauce, his salads are not the usual cuban salad of pepinos and tomatos. avacados, different vegetables, guacamole style, with spices from his garden.
and you will drink the best Mojito in Cuba, as good as the ones in Bodeguita del Medio in Habana

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Not very easy to get to
  • Cons:Not very easy to get to
  • In a nutshell:Lovely people in touch with their surroundings
  • Last visit to Baracoa: Jul 2003
  • Intro Updated Nov 15, 2003
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  • Arkeolog's Profile Photo
    Apr 20, 2010 at 7:45 AM

    You got a nice page here on Baracoa. best wishes. Bora

  • Martin_S.'s Profile Photo
    Mar 3, 2010 at 4:14 AM

    Just wandered in to see if this wandering Jew has ever wandered over our way ^O^ Martin

  • mikkie50's Profile Photo
    Sep 16, 2008 at 6:48 AM

    brilliant pages yehuda great info and pictures. when do you leave for cambodia??

  • mariaschmidt's Profile Photo
    May 22, 2008 at 4:00 AM

    Reading your pages I envy you for the wonderful travelling you have done - keep on enjoying the good things in life - Mary

  • brewjohnson's Profile Photo
    Feb 19, 2008 at 10:01 AM

    Great info about Baracoa. Really enjoyed reading your tips.

  • polakita's Profile Photo
    Jun 4, 2007 at 11:02 AM

    Hello. Very interesting text about false tainos. It's interesting to see how people look for an identity, even its not their own.

  • ettenaj's Profile Photo
    Feb 6, 2007 at 9:00 AM

    Those beaches look and sound wonderfully quiet, just as I like them

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Jul 27, 2006 at 3:57 PM

    What nice people you describe in Baracoa! Except maybe for the jinateros or jinateras, but even they sound nice in their own way, just not sincere. I hope the tourists all visit that chocolate factory that was dedicated by Che Guevara 43 years ago.

  • nomada's Profile Photo
    Jun 10, 2005 at 6:08 AM

    Hope that Baracoa remains the same for long, long time... How is life Sudah?

  • gilabrand's Profile Photo
    Apr 24, 2004 at 1:24 PM

    I didn't know there were Jews in Cuba!

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