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The Cocoa House or Casa de Cacao Baracoa†stands majestically in the historic center of the city of Baracoa. The museum exhibits elements of history relating to the cultivation of Cocoa in the region and, as an added bonus, the history of the Mayan culture since it was they who initially started to cultivate cocoa around the year 600. The Cocoa Museum of Baracoa showcases a host of interesting tools and artifacts covering the whole process of not only the production [...]
Despite†the fascination†by visitors†of the natural environment and unique ecosystem of Baracoa, the beaches are easily still†our best kept secret. There are too many†beaches to choose from really, some totally virgin without even names. More popular beaches in the vicinity of the town are: Duaba Honey Beach and further west, Playa Maguana and Playa Nibujon. The cuisine of the region is one of the richest in the country. Our famous poached and then fried banana and, of course, the milled corn [...]
Like many places in the Greater Antilles, the inhabitants of Baracoa are predominantly of Aboriginal origin, displaying the traits of a sharp nose, straight hair, dark skin and small stature. It is claimed an impossibility to really know the ancient inhabitants of Cuba without first traversing the first settlement of Cuba called Baracoa. Today the city has a population of about 86,000 inhabitants, most of which have long lineage to the initial settlers. Baracoa is also famous for hosting French [...]
Baracoa also retains clear evidence of a strong system of colonial forts that defended the city from corsairs and pirates. The Matachin Fortress which is now the municipal museum, The La Punta Fortress built to protect part of the bay, The Spanish built Santa Barbara Seboruco Castle, now known as the Hotel El Castillo, and the Towers of Joa and Caguase. We must not forget the church in which the Cruz de la Parra was placed, the first symbol of [...]
The largest coconut plantations and Cuban Cocoa production are found around the region of Baracoa. In fact, more than 80 percent of the production of these commodities produced by Cuba displays the stamp of Baracoa. Numerous agricultural and processing industries are based in the town. The Baracoa chocolate producing factory is the largest cocoa processing plant in the country. This facility, called Ruben Suarez Abella was opened on April 1, 1963 by Ernesto Che Guevara. The area is not only [...]
Despite†the fascination†by visitors†of the natural environment and unique ecosystem of Baracoa, the beaches are easily still†our best kept secret. There are too many†beaches to choose from really, some totally virgin [...]