There’s something utterly enchanting about Baracoa. Intrepid travellers fall for its intoxicating blend of untouched scenery, exquisite cuisine, rugged beaches and impossibly friendly atmosphere. Tucked away on the south-eastern tip of the island, Cuba’s oldest city is a relatively isolated enclave whose seclusion has left its unique culture and verdant landscape delightfully untouched - almost the same as when Colombus first discovered it.
A vacation in Baracoa will have you admiring the views from the town’s 18th century forts; tucking into rich and spicy dishes unique to the region; conquering the dramatic table-top mountain El Yunque for unparalleled panoramas; spying endemic wildlife in Cuba’s largest rainforest at Rio Toa; and catching a lively performance at Casa de la Trova or impromptu kiriba concerts on the streets.
Meanwhile, a few hours north of Baracoa, the coastline is blessed with dreamy, palm-studded beaches, like Guardalavaca, Playa Esmeralda and Playa Pesquero. Home to colourful coral reefs and eye-popping stretches of white sand, this blissful region - within easy reach of Holguin airport - is the perfect place to spend your luxury Cuban beach vacation.