Baracoa, dating from 1512, was the first of the seven settlements which Spanish Governor Diego Velázquez founded in Cuba. Now, it is a picturesque town bounded by wooded areas similar to the ones the Conquistadors saw. In Baracoa, you can still see parts of the solid system of colonial fortifications which were used to defend the settlement against attacks by pirates and corsairs.
Where to stay?
Hotel Porto Santo
Porto Santo was the name given by Admiral Christopher Colombus to what is now known as Baracoa. From the hotel you can reach the mountains, admire the...
Hotel El Castillo
Located inside an old Spanish fortress, its tavern-bar serves as a viewpoint of the bay, the city and Miel river to the front and the Yunque de...
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Best time to visit
December through April, is also the most popular time. The weather is at its coolest and driest during these months, yet it\'s still far warmer than North America and Europe.
In the spring and fall, it\'s off-seasons and this can mean fewer hotel amenities; some hotels may be closed entirely for repairs. There are, however, benefits to traveling in the off-seasons: lack of crowds and prices that tumble by up to 25%.
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