15 days in Holguin, Santiago de Cuba & Baracoa Itinerary

15 days in Holguin, Santiago de Cuba & Baracoa Itinerary

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15 days in Holguin, Santiago de Cuba & Baracoa Itinerary

Start: Ottawa
Fly:  14​h 15​min
1
Holguin
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Santiago de Cuba
— 4 nights
Train + Taxi:  3​h 15​min
3
Baracoa
— 2 nights
Taxi + Train:  3​h 15​min
4
Santiago de Cuba
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Holguin
— Few hours
Fly:  14​h 15​min
End: Ottawa

6
nights
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Guardalavaca (Guardalavaca Flea Market & Las Guanas Eco-Archaeologic Trail) and Casa Natal De Carlos Manuel De Cespedes (in Bayamo). There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Guardalavaca Beach, head off the coast to Cayo Saetia Island, stroll through Playa Esmeralda, and don't miss a visit to Hill of the Cross (Loma de la Cruz).

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Holguin trip itinerary tool .

Ottawa, Canada to Holguin is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Ottawa in March, with highs in Holguin at 35°C and lows at 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Santiago de Cuba.

Things to do in Holguin

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Guardalavaca, Casa Natal De Carlos Manuel De Cespedes
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Guardalavaca Beach ©
Guardalavaca Beach
Playa Esmeralda ©
Playa Esmeralda
Playa Pesquero ©
Playa Pesquero

4
nights
Santiago de Cuba

Santiago de Cuba ©
Santiago de Cuba has taken almost as much influence from Haiti and the Dominican Republic as it has from Havana, distilling a concoction of cultures to create a city with a distinct identity.
When in Santiago de Cuba, make a side trip to see El Cobre Basilica in El Cobre, approximately 36 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: stroll the grounds of Cementerio Santa Ifigenia, take an in-depth tour of Casa de Diego Velazquez, walk around Cespedes Park, and get outside with La Gran Piedra (The Big Rock).

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Santiago de Cuba itinerary builder app .

You can drive from Holguin to Santiago de Cuba in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In March in Santiago de Cuba, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 24°C at night. On the 19th (Thu), you're off toBaracoa.

Things to do in Santiago de Cuba

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

El Cobre Basilica
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Cementerio Santa Ifigenia ©
Cementerio Santa Ifigenia
Castillo de San Pedro de la Roca ©
Castillo de San Pedro de la Roca
Moncada Barracks ©
Moncada Barracks

2
nights
Baracoa

Baracoa ©
Baracoa is a municipality and city in Guantánamo Province near the eastern tip of Cuba. Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catedral de Nuestra Senora de la Asuncion, get outside with El Yunque, and then stroll through Maguana Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Sat): take in the awesome beauty at Parque Independencia, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Blanca, and then see the interesting displays at Museo Arqueologico la Cueva Del Paraiso.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Baracoa online holiday planner .

Traveling by combination of train and taxi from Santiago de Cuba to Baracoa takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Santiago de Cuba in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Baracoa, with lows of 32°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel to Santiago de Cuba.

Things to do in Baracoa

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Maguana Beach ©
Maguana Beach
El Yunque ©
El Yunque

1
night
Santiago de Cuba

Santiago de Cuba
To find ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Santiago de Cuba trip planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and train from Baracoa to Santiago de Cuba takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Baracoa in March since evenings lows in Santiago de Cuba dip to 24°C. You'll set off for Holguin on the 22nd (Sun).

Things to do in Santiago de Cuba

Nightlife Parks Tours

few
hours
Holguin

Holguin
To find where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Holguin trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Santiago de Cuba to Holguin by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. You will leave for home on the 22nd (Sun).

Things to do in Holguin

Parks Nature Beaches

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