Everything you want to know about Baracoa – Cuba – Debbie's Carribean Reviews Forums

Admin 2016-08-17 23:54:52 UTC #21

More photos from Baracoa:

Admin 2016-08-25 23:25:17 UTC #22

iggy1 2016-08-29 14:08:39 UTC #23

Admin 2016-11-06 14:12:11 UTC #24

Here is a few more photos from my Baracoa collection:

Spunky 2016-11-11 23:25:02 UTC #25

How are the repairs and rebuilding coming along?

Admin 2016-11-13 16:30:41 UTC #26

Slowly! Problem is material for fixing roofs etc Some food items are now cheaper and many small business such as bici taxi do not have to pay tax to operate so they provide cheaper services so that other can afford.

agp1 2016-11-24 10:45:05 UTC #27


any idea if the situation now in Baracoa is OK for travelers, I am on my first trip to Cuba – and if tourism can help some for the local economy, I will be more than happy to visit the place.

Admin 2016-11-24 14:22:53 UTC #28

Hello @agp1 now situation is ok and no problem for traveling in this part of Cuba. Tourism definitely can help and you as tourist will be able to see different Cuba. Do you have any idea how you would travel to Baracoa? Will you be in Santiago de Cuba area or Holguin?

Admin 2016-11-24 14:24:18 UTC #29

By the way welcome to Debbie’s forum @agp1 !!!

agp1 2016-11-24 22:36:55 UTC #30

Hi many thanks, I am trying to figure out how to do so. We (2) have 14 days in Cuba, landing in Havana – what is the best recommendation in this case? arrive by flight and return west?

I am glad to hear about the recovery of the region

Admin 2016-11-27 16:59:36 UTC #31

@agp1 its is very far traveling from Havana to Baracoa with bus or car unless you plan to stay in Cuba for longer period of time. It would be definitely amazing if you do have time to go from city to city and stay over in different places and see real Cuba. Other option that I did many times is travel from Havana to Baracoa with airplane. You can go on Thursday from Havana to Baracoa and return on Sunday. Check this website for flight schedule and tickets: http://www.cubaero.com/index.php

mark_s 2016-11-29 04:55:28 UTC #32

Is the road from Santiago open for Viazul buses? We are planning to go to Baracoa in late January.

Spunky 2016-11-29 13:24:23 UTC #33

Welcome to Debbie’s, Mark. You will get some answers shortly.

Admin 2016-11-29 16:00:38 UTC #34

Hello @mark_s welcome to Debbie’s forum. Yes that he road is open from Santiago to Baracoa. Holguin to Baracoa us not yet as bridge is down but they are working to fix it before new year. You are good to go

mark_s 2016-11-29 17:10:11 UTC #35

Thanks. Do you know how services are in town and access to the beaches and Humboldt National Park?

Admin 2016-11-29 17:24:39 UTC #36

In the city beaches are accessible no problem as well Playa Manglito is good place to go for a day trip. Playa Maguana right now is not accessible because of the bridge that was damaged during hurricane. I have heard that they are working hard to fix the bridge maybe even before new year. I will be there around new year so I can let you know better once I am there. Services in town are back to normal more or less. Regarding Parque Nacional Alejandro de Humboldt I will have to get back to you in January as I am not sure if it’s accessible from that side because of the bridge that is gone but as I said they working hard to fix it.

Admin 2016-12-03 18:03:49 UTC #37

@mark_s you can always visit rivers and enjoy swimming and hiking around rivers in Baracoa:

katiekm 2016-12-06 13:50:09 UTC #38


In december, my whole family plus my boyfriend and I, are traveling to Cuba. Since my family are coming with us, we are staying in Varadero for 9 days, (a little too long for our taste), before my family returns home. During my family’s stay we will visit Havana and Vinales.

When my family returns home, my boyfriend and I are staying in Cuba for another 14 days. In these days, we’re wondering if we will be able to travel to Baracoa without too much stress?

We’re thinking this route:

Varadero – Trinidad – Camagüey – Santiago de Cuba – Baracoa,

and then take a plane from Baracoa and back to Havana.

Since we only have 14 days, we’re not too sure if it’s enough time to see all the places we want to. What do you think? And how much time should we spend in each place?

I appreciate the help!

Admin 2016-12-06 16:57:48 UTC #39

Hello @katiekm and welcome to Debbie’s forum! So I believe you will have 14 days to travel From Varadero to Trinidad to Camaguey – Santiago de Cuba and Baracoa and than back to Havana.

Will you rent a car, or you will have your private driver or you will use Viazul?

If you are on the budget you should travel with Viazul bus service that is air conditioned and on time.
Please visit http://www.viazul.com and I would suggest that you buy tickets in advance online as that way you will be sure that you have tickets and do not get disappointed when you are in Cuba that tickets are sold out. This way you can plan your trip accordingly.

As well you should buy air ticket in advance to return from Baracoa to Havana http://www.cubaero.com/index.php
Keep in mind that there are only 2 flights per week on Thursday and Sunday from Baracoa to Havana and you can buy tickets online in advance as well. Another option is Cubana airlines http://www.cubana.cu/ and I see now they have flight December 27th from Baracoa to Havana for 183 EUR one way. Keep in mind that you will need to pay taxi or driver to take you from airport in Havana to place where you plan to stay in Havana.

14 days in enough in my opinion to visit all 4 cities Trinidad, Camaguey, Santiago de Cuba and Baracoa.
Personally I would spend 3 days in Trinidad, 3 days in Camaguey, 5 days in Santiago de Cuba and 3 days in Baracoa.

Keep in mid that Santiago De Cuba is the second biggest city in Cuba and lots of to explore and see. Let me know if you have any other questions regarding Baracoa or your trip to Cuba

Is it your first time visiting Cuba?

chrishoog 2016-12-21 20:49:23 UTC #40

Hello! Thanks for this helpful forum. I’m also curious about tourism since the hurricane. We have plans to fly into Holguin on January 19. Our plan was to take a taxi from Holguin to Baracoa, but now I’m concerned that with the damage to roads, bridges, and accommodations, we should consider staying toward the west coast instead.

Thanks for your advice!

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