By Plane -- There are flights on Thursday and Sunday on Cubana/Aerocaribbean and flights on Fridays with Aerogaviota from Havana to Baracoa; however, flights are often booked weeks ahead. Fares are CUC$135 one-way. The Cubana/Aerocaribbean office is at Calle José Martí 185 (tel. 21/64-5107). Flights arrive at the small Aeropuerto Gustavo Rizo (tel. 21/64-5376; airport code BCA), west of the bay near the Hotel Porto Santo and about 4km (2 1/2 miles) west of downtown. By taxi, the trip to town costs CUC$5.

Should the Baracoa flights be full, Moa, 38km (24 miles) down the road, has flights on Monday from Havana, for CUC$117; flights operate Tues-Wed and Fri-Sun from Havana to Guantánamo, for CUC$117.

By Bus -- Most visitors arrive overland; the ride from Santiago de Cuba is especially spectacular, if lengthy. A Víazul bus (tel. 22/62-8484 in Santiago, or 21/64-3880 in Baracoa; departs Santiago daily at 7:45am and arrives in Baracoa at 12:35pm; the fare is CUC$15. The bus stops in Guantánamo. The same bus departs Baracoa at 2:15pm and arrives in Santiago at 7:05pm. The route is very popular, especially in high season; make reservations for the trip at least several days in advance, as these buses sell out frequently and fast.


The Baracoa Terminal de Omnibuses (tel. 21/64-3880) is located at the end of José Martí near Avenida de los Mártires, diagonally opposite the La Punta restaurant.

By Car -- You can drive to Baracoa from either Santiago de Cuba, along the scenic La Farola highway (see "The Road to Baracoa"), or from Guardalavaca/Holguín along the northern coastal road through Moa (although this latter road is hideously bad in places, but passable). Allow 3 1/2 to 4 hours for either route.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.