12 days in Cuba Itinerary

12 days in Cuba Itinerary

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12 days in Cuba Itinerary

Start: Portland
Fly:  10 h 30 min
1
Havana
— 5 nights
Taxi + Fly:  1 h 15 min
2
Cayo Largo
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h 45 min
3
Varadero
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h
4
Trinidad
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h
5
Cayo Guillermo
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  19 h 15 min
End: Portland

5
nights
Havana

Havana ©
Cuba's capital and major commercial center, Havana manages to be very old and very modern at the same time.
Havana is known for historic sites, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: appreciate the extensive heritage of Malecón of Havana, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, make a trip to Plaza de la Catedral, and steep yourself in history at Old Square (Plaza Vieja).

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Havana trip website.

Portland, USA to Havana is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Portland to Havana is 3 hours. In May, Havana is somewhat warmer than Portland - with highs of 87°F and lows of 69°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can travel to Cayo Largo.

Things to do in Havana

Historic Sites Museums Tours
Highlights from your plan
Plaza de la Catedral ©
Plaza de la Catedral
Malecón of Havana ©
Malecón of Havana
Walking tours

2
nights
Cayo Largo

Cayo Largo ©
The stress of modern life feels a million miles away when you holiday on Cayo Largo, a small and unspoiled resort island off the coast of Cuba.
On the 10th (Sun), stroll through Playa Paraiso and then appreciate the views at Valle de Vinales. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Sea Turtle Hatchery, enjoy the sand and surf at Sirena Beach, and then kick back and relax at Playa Mal Tiempo.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Cayo Largo holiday builder app.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Havana to Cayo Largo in 1.5 hours. In May in Cayo Largo, expect temperatures between 86°F during the day and 73°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Varadero.

Things to do in Cayo Largo

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Valle de Vinales
Highlights from your plan
Valle de Vinales ©
Valle de Vinales
Playa Paraiso ©
Playa Paraiso
Sirena Beach ©
Sirena Beach

1
night
Varadero

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 12th (Tue): see the interesting displays at House of Rum, explore the fascinating underground world of Cueva de Saturno, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Varadero Beach, and finally stroll around Josone Park.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Varadero online tour planner.

Getting from Cayo Largo to Varadero by flight takes about 3 hours. Traveling from Cayo Largo in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Varadero, with lows of 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to drive to Trinidad.

Things to do in Varadero

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Varadero Beach ©
Varadero Beach
Cueva de Saturno ©
Cueva de Saturno
Josone Park ©
Josone Park

1
night
Trinidad

Trinidad ©
Built on sugar and seemingly preserved in molasses, the town of Trinidad attracts visitors with its well-aged 19th century architecture and rustic charm, showcasing the sounds, scents, and sights of days gone by.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Valle de los Ingenios, see the interesting displays at Colonial Architecture Museum, make a trip to Plaza Mayor, see the interesting displays at Romance Museum, then see the interesting displays at Colonial Architecture Museum, and finally stroll through Ancon Beach.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Trinidad online driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Varadero to Trinidad in 4 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Trinidad are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 72°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Cayo Guillermo.

Things to do in Trinidad

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Ancon Beach ©
Ancon Beach
Plaza Mayor ©
Plaza Mayor
Valle de los Ingenios ©
Valle de los Ingenios

2
nights
Cayo Guillermo

Cayo Guillermo
A kay of the Jardines del Rey archipelago, Cayo Guillermo has become a popular international tourist destination, buoyed by the construction of luxury all inclusive resorts that dot the paradisal island.
On the 14th (Thu), head off the coast to Cayo Media Luna, enjoy the sand and surf at Cayo Guillermo, and then stroll through Playa Pilar.

Make your Cayo Guillermo itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can drive from Trinidad to Cayo Guillermo in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, train, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in May, and nighttime lows around 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cayo Guillermo

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Playa Pilar
Playa Pilar
Cayo Guillermo ©
Cayo Guillermo
Cayo Media Luna ©
Cayo Media Luna

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