How To Get To Baracoa

Baracoa is a very historic town, located on the northern coast, near the northeastern corner of the Island of Cuba, in the easternmost Province of Guantanamo.

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(above adapted from the World Fact Book)

 

HOW TO GET TO BARACOA :

TRAVEL NOTES FOR TRAVELERS TO BARACOA –

THE TOWN OF BARACOA CAN BE REACHED EITHER FROM SANTIAGO DE CUBA, VIA GUANTANAMO, OR FROM HOLGUIN, VIA MOA (OVER A ROUGH ROAD – NO VIAZUL BUSSES TRAVEL THIS ROAD) .  THE VIAZUL BUS DEPARTS FROM SANTIAGO DE CUBA TO BARACOA AROUND 8:00 AM, STOPPING IN GUANTANAMO AND ARRIVING AT 1:15 PM (COST CUC 15).  THE RETURN LEG DEPARTS BARACOA AT 2:00 PM AND ARRIVES IN SANTIAGO AT 7:30 PM.   THE BUS CAN BECOME FULL IN HIGH SEASON.  TOURISTS PLANNING TO TRAVEL TO BARACOA FROM SANTIAGO DE CUBA ON VIAZUL IN HIGH SEASON MAY WISH TO RESERVE A SEAT IN ADVANCE.

https://www.viazul.com/ruta/48/Santiago%20de%20Cuba-Baracoa

AN ALTERNATIVE TO VIAZUL ARE THE COLLECTIVE JEEPS THAT RECRUIT TOURISTS AROUND THE SANTIAGO BUS STATION (ONE WAY TRIP APPROX CUC 20), HOWEVER BEWARE OF ANY ASSURANCES PROVIDED BY COMMISSION AGENTS – YOU ARE ON YOUR OWN DEALING WITH THESE PEOPLE.

ACCESS TO BARACOA ALONG THE NORTH SHORE, VIA HOLGUIN AND MOA CAN BE WITH LOCAL COLLECTIVE JEEPS, PRIVATE TAXI OR WITH A GAVIOTA CHARTERED BUS THAT RUNS ON WEDNESDAYS AND SATURDAYS IN HIGH SEASON (SUBJECT TO DEMAND).  FOR INFORMATION CONTACT ROGER AT GAVIOTA TOURS, PH: (53) (21) 645164.  THE GAVIOTA OFFICE IS AT THE SIDE OF THE “EL PARQUE” CAFETERIA IN THE TOWN CENTER.

THE LOCAL AIRPORT (“GUSTAVO RIZO”) IS SERVED BY REGULAR CHARTER FLIGHTS FROM HAVANA AND HOLGUIN BY AEROCARIBBEAN AND AEROGAVIOTA SEVERAL TIMES PER WEEK.  INTERESTED TRAVELERS MAY CONSULT ONE OF THE LOCAL TRAVEL AGENTS OR INQUIRE WITH CUBANA DE AVIACION (CALLE MARTI AND CIRO FRIAS) IN BARACOA.

Tourist Map with Main Roads and Features

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NOTE ON RECENT HISTORY:

IN THE DEVASTATION INFLICTED UPON THE BARACOA AREA BY HURRICANE MATTHEW, IN OCTOBER 2016, THE BRIDGE OVER THE RIVER TOA (ON THE NORTH SHORE,  JUST WEST OF  THE TOWN) WAS TAKEN OUT AND A TEMPORARY BRIDGE WAS PUT IN PLACE.

 

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Below is link to a video of crossing provisional bridge/causeway over the Toa that was put in place in 2016 :

A modern bridge was built over the Toa by the Venezuelan army corps of engineers and completed in 2018 :

 

 

 

Links to other resources :

Google Earth can be helpful – click here

Mapsofworld.com’s Baracoa Map