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The Province of Guantanamo, Cuba, at Cuba's east end has seen many invaders. Christopher Columbus raised a cross here in 1492 and mentioned El Yunque mountain near Baracoa in his journal. The Spanish conqueror, Diego Velasquez, established the first European settlement in Cuba at Baracoa in 1512.

Centuries later, Jose Marti and other freedom fighters landed near Baracoa to launch a war of independence against Spain. In 1898, the United States intervened in Cuba's independence struggle and snatched away Guantanamo Bay for use as a naval base. In our time, the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base and its detainees have often been in the news.

Our Guantanamo travel pictures focus on the pleasant city of Baracoa, 150 kilometers east of Guantanamo Bay via "La Farola" highway. Baracoa has many historical relics, including the cross implanted by Columbus pictured in one of our photos. The laidback atmosphere and musical traditions are appealing, and the setting is lovely with a panorama of mountains, ocean, bay, and colonial buildings visible from many points.

All the photos on Cuba-Pictures.com are by David Stanley, original author of Lonely Planet Cuba.
The images on this page are details. To view the complete photos, click on the thumbnails.

Cuba's easternmost city, Baracoa,
with the flat summit of El Yunque on the horizon.
Cuba welcomes visitors. This Caribbean country offers a unique and very different travel experience.

A stone statue of the discoverer Christopher Columbus in Baracoa.

Baracoa Cathedral contains the Cruz de la Parra, said to have been raised by Columbus.

Baracoa is visible from the swimming pool at Hotel Porto Santo.

The market building by Leticio Salcines in the city of Guantanamo.

Guantanamo Bay Naval Base seen from the Mirador de Malones.

The picturesque canyon of Boca de Yumuri east of Baracoa.

A passenger truck on "La Farola" highway south of Baracoa.

An arid Caribbean beach near Imias east of Guantanamo Bay.