11 days in Holguin & Varadero Itinerary

11 days in Holguin & Varadero Itinerary

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11 days in Holguin & Varadero Itinerary

Start: Holguin
— 7 nights
Fly + Taxi + Bus + Foot + Train:  9​h 45​min
— 1 night
Train + Foot + Bus + Taxi + Fly:  9​h 45​min
End: Holguin


Holguin ©
Not overly touristy, Holguin offers a different perspective on Cuban life, standing as a major city that doesn't seek to commercialize its past or cover itself in all inclusive resorts.
Get out of town with these interesting Holguin side-trips: Catedral Del Santisimo Salvador De Bayamo (in Manzanillo), Guardalavaca (Las Guanas Eco-Archaeologic Trail & Guardalavaca Flea Market) and Salto del Guayabo (in Julio Antonio Mella). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Guardalavaca Beach, step off the mainland to explore Cayo Saetia Island, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Esmeralda, and admire the sheer force of Guayabo Falls.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Holguin online tour planner .

If you are flying in from Canada, the closest major airports are Frank Pais International Airport, Antonio Maceo International Airport and Ignacio Agramonte International Airport. In December, daytime highs in Holguin are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can drive to Varadero.

Things to do in Holguin

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Bayamo, Guardalavaca, Bateria de Fernando VII, Salto del Guayabo, Parque Monumento Nacional Bariay
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Guardalavaca Beach ©
Guardalavaca Beach
Playa Pesquero ©
Playa Pesquero
Playa Esmeralda ©
Playa Esmeralda


Varadero ©
One of the largest resort towns in the Caribbean, Varadero boasts a 20 km (12 mi) long stretch of sand, lined with hotels and all-inclusive resorts.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Cayos Blancos, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Delfinario, then kick back and relax at Varadero Beach, and finally walk around Josone Park. On the 29th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Mi Casa Beatles, enjoy the sand and surf at Coral Beach - Playa Coral, and then Head underground at Cuevas de Bellamar.

To see maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Varadero tour itinerary planning site .

Traveling by car from Holguin to Varadero takes 10 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Varadero can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can go by car back home.

Things to do in Varadero

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

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Varadero Beach ©
Varadero Beach
Cayos Blancos ©
Cayos Blancos
Coral Beach - Playa Coral ©
Coral Beach - Playa Coral