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

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!

Spunky 2016-12-21 21:16:04 UTC #41

Welcome to Debbie’s Chris.
Sounds like a great trip. There’s a good chance our Admin will see this before he leaves for Baracoa for Christmas with family. If not, he will be back well before you leave and have first-hand info about your route questions.

Admin 2016-12-21 23:53:41 UTC #42

Hi @chrishoog welcome to Debbie’s.
Unfortunately unless they fix bridge you will not be able to go Holguin Baracoa but you can go Holguin -Santiago de Cuba – Baracoa with taxi as well. It will cost a few CUC more but road is nicer. I will be able to let you know if they fix bridge so that you can go Holguin – Baracoa but as I know bridge is not fixed yet. I will definitely hook up on Wi-Fi while in Baracoa and post situation. Regarding staying in casas and enjoying town I heard that many things are back to normal. Is this your first time visiting Cuba?

chrishoog 2016-12-22 18:17:56 UTC #43

Yes, this will be our first time! Thank you so much for your offer to help. We have two weeks to spend in Cuba. With the uncertainty of travel, I think taking the full two weeks toward the west side will be a safer bet. I’d be sad to miss the unique culture and food of Baracoa but I’m sure we’ll have an amazing time nonetheless. What do you think?

This post in particular (dated last week) got me nervous: http://curacaochronicle.com/region/baracoa-a-cuban-town-struggling-after-hurricane-matthew/

Admin 2016-12-22 21:01:40 UTC #44

If it is your first time in Cuba I am sure you have many areas to explore. If you decide to go to visit Baracoa (I can let you know how its there once I see) you should go and stop by in Santiago De Cuba as it’s the second biggest city in Cuba with lots of to see and than you can continue your trip to Guantanamo and Baracoa. Please see map that would take you now to Baracoa from Holguin:

Admin 2016-12-28 17:32:28 UTC #45

Now situation in Baracoa is pretty much back to normal. I can see many tourists and casas particular have guests. Streets are cleaned and many roofs fixed. If anyone wants to visit Baracoa it’s fine to come. One thing is that buying vegetables and fruits can be challenging as many crops and trees demaged by hurricane. Bridge is not fixed yet so the best way is to come over Santiago Guantanamo Baracoa. Hope it helps for anyone who is interested to visit Baracoa soon. Weather is nice with plus 30 c and sometimes short showers. Otherwise fun to be here. Cheers

laurasarri 2017-01-10 16:16:41 UTC #46

Hi, I would like to know if Baracoa airport is fully operative.
Many thanks in advance for your help. Laura Italy

Admin 2017-01-10 16:40:49 UTC #47

Hello @laurasarri welcome to Debbie’s travel forum. Yes airport is fully operational. I would advise to get tickets in advance! Let me know if you have any more questions!

Admin 2017-01-10 16:45:34 UTC #48

@chrishoog just update that I went Baracoa – Holguin over Toa river. They built road / help bridge so Baracoa is accessible from Holguin through this road:

Will post photos later today!

Admin 2017-01-10 16:47:50 UTC #49

@mark_s just update for you that Alejandro de Humboldt National Park and beaches are accessible and everything is pretty much sorted out and working so if you wish to visit park or beaches you will be able to do so! Let me know if you have any more questions!

BobMichaels 2017-01-11 15:20:53 UTC #50

Thanks so much for the update on the Toa bridge. I am really pleased to see the Moa – Baracoa route passable again as I live part time east of the Barajagua / Caballeria turnoff on the route from Holguin to Santiago. Having this bridge passable again means I have a straight shot to Baracoa without having to double back to go through Santiago.

Admin 2017-01-12 00:34:32 UTC #51

@BobMichaels Yes I know I pass by many times Barajagua / Caballeria area on my way to Baracoa. Did not have a chance to stop by and explore area more. Yes Toa river is passable again but new bridge will be built by Venezuelan company. Here are some photos so you can see how it looks right now:

View of the old bridge that hurricane Mathew destroyed:

Side view of the terraplane bridge:

Crossing over the terraplane bridge on Toa:

alexaclark 2017-01-18 21:15:33 UTC #52

Im very pleased to see the route is reopened between holguin and baracoa. We are so looking forward to our visit here in 4 weeks time with our toddler. We are coming in from santiago but hoping to leave via moa back to holguin and stay for 5 nights. We were also hoping to visit the park,toa river and playa maguana. So to know the route is open and the local people are recovering after the hurricane is very pleasing. See you soon baracoa!!

Admin 2017-01-20 13:22:36 UTC #53

Lucky you @alexaclark to be able to stay 4 weeks and enjoy wonderful weather and travel around. I am sure you will have great time. Have you traveled to this area before?

alexaclark 2017-01-20 16:40:50 UTC #54

We have not travelled to this area before but are looking forward to it. We have booked a casa and also will visit the yumuri area too.

Admin 2017-01-21 21:00:02 UTC #55

Yumuri is nice. Get a boat ride 2 CUC per person and go for a hike if you can!

Admin 2017-02-05 21:52:14 UTC #56

Spunky 2017-02-05 22:07:07 UTC #57

Are they rebuilding the bottom building or are they repairing storm damage? Thanks for sharing.

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