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As many members know I have traveled many times to Baracoa and here is info you might need if you decide one day to visit Baracoa Cuba:

THE BARACOAN IDENTITY NAME

The Baracoense o Baracoeso is a generic term that identifies the natives of village in eastern Cuba, and, as many say, the land ¨where Cuba begins.¨ Possessing unique traditions, it prevails as part of the citizenship and identity. It is the embryo of the cultural and ethnic fusion, with the most diverse influences that resulted in the Baracoan with a renown culture and unique speech, with their very own words and phrases. For centuries, they have been identified for their humility, humanity and hospitality, the sense of Aboriginal community and solidarity. They are noble, simple and modest in their behavior , sociable and treatable in any environment. They symbolize traditions, being distinguished by their speech, full of expressiveness, kindness, trustworthiness and, concern. They like to keep and live their traditions, customs and habits, both spiritual and material. They are party-lovers, and have a high sense of belonging to their land and patriotism. Although away for different reasons, they always feel the sons of the Primate of Cuba , captured by the legendary mythology of Miel river that whoever take a bath on its waters if does not remain, returns.

EVENTS

BARACOAN Culture Week:

It begins the last week of March and ends the first or April. It is a day full of history about the town,as it recalls the landing of Mayor General Antonio Maceo and his men by Duaba beach, National Monument, to join the independence struggle or 1895. Since 1903, it has become a beautiful tradition that takes place every year in order to rescue and promote the most authentic manifestations: craftsworks, music, cuisine, history and culture, among others. It starts with an opening parade of local workers of culture and talented amateurs and professionals. During the course of the day, culinary activities, workshops and danzón and cultural identity, and Kiribá Nengón paties are held in different parts of the city. At the same time, in the famous Calle de las tradiciones de Juración, in front of the local museum, others events are held as that of the regional historians: ¨Duaba: a necessary landing. ¨It culminates in a pilgrimage to Duaba Obelisk, which recreates a symbolic landing and a political-cultural activity. At the end of the parade festivities begin for several days.

CELEBRATIONS

For the anniversary of the First Village

It is the most important event and commemorates the anniversary of the founding of the First Village of Cuba, baptized as Nuestra Señora de al Asunción de Baracoa on August 15th of 1511. This 2014 it celebrates its 503rd birthday, for that purpose, it has arranged a series of actions between days 12th to 16th of that month. This local event will spread across the Urban Historical Center-National Monument- with a comprehensive plan of activities exposing the village’s traditions. On display and sale will be handicrafts, pieces of plastic art and typical dishes, there will be workshops, presentations of traditional music and local dances groups such as the feast of Nengón and Kiribá and the meeting ¨Baracoa History, Culture and Traditions¨ to stimulate research and promotion of local events. This meeting will take the participation of specialist on the field and the population itself.

Baracoa Carnivals

It is the greatest exponent of popular feasts, since it covers the municipal jurisdiction in different areas designed for these purposes with local and national music. The most varied gastronomic offers support massive activities most of the day, turning the city into a major center of entertainment for children, youth and adults as well as the many visitors and vendors from around the island. Its main stage is Malecón Avenue and Plaza de La Punta. Around twenty fours hours will take the pastiest to the beat of congas, parades and the usual popular enlivenment. These festivities take place in commemorative dates like April the 1st , in summer and according to the popular interest.

Religious and fraternal institutions

The privilege of being the first Cathedral and Bishop of the island gave us the opportunity to own various religious and fraternal institutions and those of different faiths. The major institutions of this type are:

NUESTRA SEÑORA DE LA ASUNCION PARISH

It represents a historical-cultural relic of the city, heir to the ecclesiastical heritage of the first churches of the sixteenth century when the town was founded.It is known as the Church of the Cross of Parra, nowadays Nuestra Señora de la Asuncion de Baracoa Catholic Church. Inside it treasures the centenarian Cruz de la Parra(vine cross), ancient piece authenticated and blessed as a symbol of the historic district, located on Calle Maceo / Pelayo Cuervo y Ciro Frias, Baracoa.There are also other ecclesiastical intitutions like the Baptists, Pentecostals and Adventists.

WHERE TO EAT IN BARACOA

La Punta Restaurant

Part of La Punta fortress, at the entrance of the bay of Porto Santo, with a panoramic of the entire coastline, the green nature environment escorted by El Yunque, it provides a pleasant stay to taste the local food with the following offers: okra, vegetable salads, fruits and the house´s dish, fish steak served with Creole tubers, accompanied by desert, drink, coffee or tea, in addition to other options.From Monday to Sunday from 10:00am to 10:00pm.Avenida de los Martires, La Punta, Baracoa.Tel: 021641480 021645224

Villa Campesina Rancho Toa

It is a tradicional Peasant farm with different offers and services. Typical local foods like spit roast pork and the stew, vegetable salads and fruits, fried pork meat, rice with vegetables, coconut sweet and coffee are some alternatives. Optional ride down Toa river by cayuca and kayak, and a traditional group from the city add. Daily 8:00am to 7:00pm. On request, with night service. Located at Km 8 at Baracoa-Moa Highway.Tel: 021645224

La Habanera Restaurant

Maceo No. 126 e/Maravi y Frank Pais, Baracoa.Tel: 021645273Chef’s Tip: Fish steak in the Baracoan style 7:00 am to 10:00pm.

Finca Duaba Restaurant

It is an example of the Baracoa cocoa culture and its traditional process for chocolate and cocoa balls, to be known throughout the cocoa trail. It also has different offerings and services. Typical eastern food like steak in the rural style is the chef´s suggestion, as the stew, vegetable salads and fruits, rice, Creole sweets and coffee. Enlivenment will be on account of a traditional group from the city.Daily 8:00am – 7:00pm. On request with night service. Located at Km 5, Highway to Moa.Tel: 021645224.

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Vista al Mar Restaurant (Russian)

Máximo Gómez No. 161 e/Ciro Frías y Pelayo Cuervo, Baracoa.Tel: 021643011.Chef’s Tip: beef tenderloin.Daily 7:00am to 10:00pmOTHER PLACES TO EAT:

El Ranchón del Paraíso

El Paraíso S/N Baracoa Tel: 021643268From Daily 10:00am to 2:00 am

Jalisco Restaurant

Calle Martí e/Céspedes y Coroneles Galano

485 Restaurant

Calle Maceo e/Frank País y Pelayo CuervoTel: 021643146

1511 Restaurant

Calle Martí e/ Ciro Frías y CéspedesTel: 021641511

CAFETERÍAS GAVIOTA:

Yumurí Cafeteria

Cafe near the canyon on of the river of same name. Visitors will have chances for the observation of important plant species endemic to Cuba and through a river tour with unique views along its banks. You can enjoy a stay in the key and a swim in the crystal clear river. The area is full of legends and stories.Maisí Road, kilometres 35Tel: 021645224 Light food and seafoodMonday to Sunday9:00am to 5:00 pm

El Parque Cafeteria

Variety of light food and sweet offers. Night recreational activities, live and recorded traditional music.Maceo S/N Parque CentralBaracoaTel: 021641203From Monday to Sunday 24 hours

CIMEX Cafeteria

CUPET – CIMEX La pasadaCalle Martí , BaracoaPizzas, spaghetti, sándwiches, drinks and sweets.

Dí Tú Cafeteria

La PasadaCalle Martí, BaracoaPizzas, spaghetti, sándwiches, drinks and sweets.

Maguana Cafeteria

Kilometer 22 , Moa to Baracoa HighwayTph: 021645224House specialty: Maguana spaghetti. Cafeteria located on the beach of same name, offering great variety of light meals. Nautical services.Monday to SundayFrom 10:00am to 7:00 pm

La Baracoesa Pizzeria

Ciro Frías esq. Maceo

URBAN AND ARCHITECTURAL MONUMENTS

Architectural Monuments

Iglesia Parroquial ¨Nuestra Señora de Asunción de Baracoa¨.Arquitectura Doméstica de Madera.Edificio ¨Casa de la Cultura¨.Edificio del PCC Municipal.Sala Teatro de la Casa de la Cultura.Vivienda Maceo Street # 96.Vivienda Maceo Street # 86.Edificio de Ayuntamiento.Edificio Cine –Teatro ¨El Encanto¨.¨La Rusa ¨ Hotel.Escuela Primaria Matachín.Ruinas del cafetal ¨El Brasil¨.

Engineering Monumments

¨La Farola¨ Viaduct.Avenida ¨Malecón¨.

Archeological Monumments

Parque Ecoarqueológico Majayara.Sendero Aborígenes (arboriginal paths).El Santuario del Ser.Canales de agua aborígenes (aboriginal water channels).Cueva de los canales de agua Hispánicos.Cueva ¨La Perla del Agua¨. Cueva del Cangrejo.Sitio Arqueológico de Maguana.Museo Arqueológico ¨La Cueva del Paraíso¨.

SQUARES IN BARACOA

Squares are part of the physical structure of the city, around them, all city functions articulate. Political, social and cultural activities are also developed here. They are places for recreation, and social activities, and have been linked to the evolution and growth of the town. In 1807 there were primitive areas of the Plaza Mayor or de Iglesia (the church square) and the Plaza del Mercado (market square), which developed because of the economic boom brought by merchants. The Plaza Mayor is situated opposite the parish church, gaining official status by the activities and institutions arising in its environment. La Plaza del Mercado or de la Carnicería (The market or The Butchery’s Square) is located to the left entering the parish, a few meters away from this. It is defined by the bifurcation of Mercaderes street and the continuous facades and a perpendicular street forming the triangular space is seen by analyzing the desing of 1776, made by Luis Huet, al Mercaderes street, which evolved into the Plaza de la Victoria.

Conmemorative Monumments

Obelisco de Duaba y Alto del Pino.Obelisco Playa de Duaba (Original landing Site)Obelisco de Duaba.Conjunto monumental ¨ Alto del Pino¨.

Busts and sculptures

Bust to nacional Hero José Martí.Bust to Mayor General Antonio Maceo.Bust to Cacique Hatuey.Conjunto escultórico Cacique Guamá.Sculpture to Cacique Guamá.Bust to Coronel Félix Ruenes.Bust to Coronel Tomas Cardoza.Conjunto Monumental a Patricio Sierraalta.Monumento a Luis Zúñiga.I hope this guide will help you find some places in Baracoa Cuba such as where to east and what to see. If you discover some other interesting things please let us know in this thread. I know Baracoa is the last town on the map of Cuba but it was the first town that was discovered by Columbus. Enjoy!

Here is more about Baracoa:

OTHERS SITIES OF INTEREST

Museo Municipal Matachín

The museum was inaugurated in October 18th, 1981, to exhibit the aboriginal culture, historical objects, samples on the Natural Sciences, and numismatic and philatelic collections.It is located in the second most important fortress of the 3 built up in the first Villa of Cuba.Calle Martí esquina JuraciónBaracoaTel: 021642122.

Eliseo Osorio Art Gallery

This is an exhibition hall for permanent and temporary pieces of work by plastic artists and craftsmen. Conferences, classes, and workshops on artistic creation and appreciation and specialized visit are part of the program of this facility. Different projects are developed here like the following:Eliseo Osorio Territorial Event, convening in the painting, drawing, research, photography and creative workshop modalities.Gallery-City Project, intended for the improvement of the city emporium, Familiarte (family-art), meeting for creators and their families and guests, competitions for children. National Competition on Guayacan Wood Carving. Cultural links with Maisí, Moa, Imías and Sagua de Tánamo municipalities. Calle Maceo e/Frank País y Pelayo Cuervo, Baracoa Tel: 021641011Tuesday-Thursday from 9:00am to 12:00m and from 4:00pm to 9:00pm.Fridays from 9:00am to 12:00pm and 5:00pm to 10:00pmSaturday and Sundays from 4:00 pm to 10:00pm

Nengón y Kiribá Ranchón

Nengón y Kiribá prty has a core element the most exciting and impressive natural locations of the Caribbean: cocoa, banana and coconut. This place is the antecedent for Baracoa traditional music. Delicious dishes of the Cuban typical cuisine as coconut milk and seafood can be tasted, elaborated by the musicians and dancers themselves welcoming visitors at Güirito, very near their houses.

Baracoa Municipal Library

This is a Cultural Center very representative of the city for its promotion of various cultural and historical spaces and activities as social gathering, workshop, among others, to encourage reading habits, the use of computers and puppets. It has a great variety of book and materials related to the community, Cuba and the world.Martí No. 130 e/Frank País and Pelayo Cuervo.Tel:021 643300.

e-mail: [email protected]

Mondays-Fridays from 8:00 am to 9:00 pm.Saturdays from 8.00 am to 6:00 pm .Sundays from 8:00 am to 12:00 m.

Victorino Rodriguez Casa de la trova

Lt is a cultural center that provides various activities with traditional and ballad song music. This popular event honors its greatest troubadours: Victorino Rodriguez, Cayambada and Sindo Garay, among other. Responsible for the promotion of various, manifestations of cultural identity , which contribute to enrich the spiritual level and life quality in Baracoa.It has a daily schedule and offer ARTEX services.Maceo No. 149 B e/ Ciro Frias y Pelayo Cuervo, Baracoa.

Ruber Lopez BOOKSTORE

Offers of the Cuban and international literature. New, used and exotic books.Calle Marti No. 149, esq. Céspedes Tel: 021643867

Cecilio Gómez Lambert: House of Culture

It is a cultural center to promote the most varied traditional of activities in favor of the popular participation and the appreciation and creation in the various events in order to enrich life quality and strengthen cultural identity. Live dance and musical performances by local groups and associations promote a daily cultural program with various options and activities coordinated with other institutions. Boleros and ballad song, danzon informal shows, performances of the Bararrumba Folkloric Group, children’s parties, La Laguna informal show and the amateur movement, help to preserve local traditions.Calle Maceo 122 to 124 e/Frank País and MaravíTel: 021 642364Monday to Sunday from 8:00am to 6:00pm

Here are some old photos from Baracoa so you can see how Baracoa looked many years ago through the time. I will try to post more photos in the future.

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