17 days in Caribbean Itinerary

17 days in Caribbean Itinerary

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17 days in Caribbean Itinerary

Start: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Fly:  20​h 15​min
1
Varadero, Cuba
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 45​min
2
Cayo Largo, Cuba
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Trinidad, Cuba
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Cienfuegos, Cuba
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
5
Vinales, Cuba
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Havana, Cuba
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
7
Santiago de Cuba, Cuba
— 1 night
+2
train + taxi + Fly:  6​h 45​min
8
Montego Bay, Jamaica
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
9
Ocho Rios, Jamaica
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  5​h
10
Providenciales, Turks and Caicos
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
11
George Town, Cayman Islands
— 1 night
Fly:  21​h 30​min
End: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

1
night
Varadero, Cuba

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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): shop like a local with Artecru, kick back and relax at Varadero Beach, then Head underground at Cueva de Saturno, and finally stroll around Josone Park.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Varadero road trip planning tool .

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates to Varadero is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 9 hours traveling from Abu Dhabi to Varadero. Traveling from Abu Dhabi in March, expect slightly colder with lows of 19°C in Varadero. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Cayo Largo.

Things to do in Varadero

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

2
nights
Cayo Largo, Cuba

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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): stroll through Playa Paraiso and then stroll through Playa Mal Tiempo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Sea Turtle Hatchery and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Sirena Beach.

For photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Cayo Largo route tool .

Traveling by flight from Varadero to Cayo Largo takes 3 hours. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Cayo Largo when traveling from Varadero in March, with lows around 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to Trinidad.

Things to do in Cayo Largo

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Playa Paraiso ©
Playa Paraiso
Sirena Beach ©
Sirena Beach
Sea Turtle Hatchery ©
Sea Turtle Hatchery

1
night
Trinidad, Cuba

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 30th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Topes de Collantes, then take in the exciting artwork at Galerie D'Art Calleyro, then enjoy the sand and surf at Ancon Beach, and finally examine the collection at Museo de Historia Municipal.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Trinidad road trip planning site .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Cayo Largo to Trinidad. In March, daily temperatures in Trinidad can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can drive to Cienfuegos.

Things to do in Trinidad

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Topes de Collantes
Highlights from your plan
Ancon Beach ©
Ancon Beach
Topes de Collantes ©
Topes de Collantes
Museo de Historia Municipal ©
Museo de Historia Municipal

1
night
Cienfuegos, Cuba

Cienfuegos ©
The city of Cienfuegos sits in a scenic natural bay, attracting visitors from across the country and further afield since its establishment in the early 19th century.
On the 31st (Tue), step into the grandiose world of Jagua Castle, view the masterpieces at CasaHuella, then look for gifts at La Fernandina, then make a trip to Parque Jose Marti, and finally take a stroll through Punta Gorda.

To see reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Cienfuegos trip planning tool .

You can drive from Trinidad to Cienfuegos in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a shuttle. In March, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Vinales.

Things to do in Cienfuegos

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Punta Gorda ©
Punta Gorda
Parque Jose Marti ©
Parque Jose Marti
Jagua Castle ©
Jagua Castle

1
night
Vinales, Cuba

Vinales ©
Offering a taste of authentic rural life, Vinales remains a small agricultural town, dominated by surrounding low mountain ranges.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): admire the verdant scenery at Valle de Vinales, then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia del Sagrado Corazon de Jesus, then explore the fascinating underground world of Cuevas de Santo Tomas, and finally admire the natural beauty at Jardin Botanico de Vinales.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Vinales trip planning website .

You can drive from Cienfuegos to Vinales in 5.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a shuttle. In March in Vinales, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Havana.

Things to do in Vinales

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Valle de Vinales ©
Valle de Vinales
Cuevas de Santo Tomas ©
Cuevas de Santo Tomas
Jardin Botanico de Vinales ©
Jardin Botanico de Vinales

2
nights
Havana, Cuba

Havana ©
Cuba's capital and major commercial center, Havana manages to be very old and very modern at the same time.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): don't miss a visit to El Capitolio, make a trip to Plaza de la Catedral, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Havana. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of Museum of the Revolution (Museo de la Revolucion), contemplate the long history of Fortaleza de San Carlos de la Cabana, then don't miss a visit to El Malecon, and finally pause for some photo ops at Neptune Statue.

For where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Havana day trip planning site .

Drive from Vinales to Havana in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Havana are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel to Santiago de Cuba.

Things to do in Havana

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Malecón of Havana ©
Malecón of Havana
Old Havana ©
Old Havana
Plaza de la Catedral ©
Plaza de la Catedral

1
night
Santiago de Cuba, 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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Casa de Diego Velazquez, explore the different monuments and memorials at Cementerio Santa Ifigenia, contemplate the long history of Moncada Barracks, then take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin de los Helechos, and finally explore the historical opulence of Castillo de San Pedro de la Roca.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Santiago de Cuba trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can fly from Havana to Santiago de Cuba in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in April, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Montego Bay.

Things to do in Santiago de Cuba

Historic Sites Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Cementerio Santa Ifigenia ©
Cementerio Santa Ifigenia
Casa de Diego Velazquez ©
Casa de Diego Velazquez
Castillo de San Pedro de la Roca ©

2
nights
Montego Bay, Jamaica

Montego Bay ©
The second largest city in Jamaica, Montego Bay boasts an international airport and a major cruise-line terminal, so it regularly receives a big influx of visitors to the island.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): play a few rounds at Tryall Golf Course and then enjoy the sand and surf at Doctor's Cave Beach. On the 6th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: browse the different shops at Whitter Village Shopping Mall, take an in-depth tour of Greenwood Great House, then contemplate the long history of Rose Hall Great House, and finally tee off at White Witch Golf Course.

To see reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Montego Bay day trip planning tool .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Santiago de Cuba to Montego Bay in 7 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can catcht the bus to Ocho Rios.

Things to do in Montego Bay

Outdoors Golf Shopping

Side Trip

Tryall Golf Course
Highlights from your plan
White Witch Golf Course ©
White Witch Golf Course
Rose Hall Great House ©
Rose Hall Great House
Doctor's Cave Beach ©
Doctor's Cave Beach

1
night
Ocho Rios, Jamaica

Ocho Rios ©
A trip to Ocho Rios, the tourist hub of Saint Ann Parish, offers travelers a staggering amount of activities and cultural attractions.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): take in the dramatic scenery at Dunn's River Falls and Park, then walk around Konoko Falls, and then admire the sheer force of Blue Hole.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Ocho Rios online tour planner .

Traveling by bus from Montego Bay to Ocho Rios takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In April, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel to Providenciales.

Things to do in Ocho Rios

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Dunn's River Falls and Park ©
Dunn's River Falls and Park
Konoko Falls ©
Konoko Falls

2
nights
Providenciales, Turks and Caicos

Providenciales ©
The most commercialized part of the Turks and Caicos, Providenciales remains the islands' tourism heaven, boasting many resorts, hotel chains, and condominiums.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Cheshire Hall Plantation, then enjoy the sand and surf at Grace Bay Beach, and then tee off at Provo Golf Club. On the 9th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Coral Gardens Reef and then kick back and relax at Taylor Bay Beach.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Providenciales online travel route planner .

Getting from Ocho Rios to Providenciales by combination of bus and flight takes about 5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in April, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to travel to George Town.

Things to do in Providenciales

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Grace Bay Beach ©
Grace Bay Beach
Provo Golf Club ©
Provo Golf Club
Coral Gardens Reef ©
Coral Gardens Reef

1
night
George Town, Cayman Islands

George Town ©
George Town is a city situated on Grand Cayman island of the Cayman Islands. On the 10th (Fri), browse the exhibits of Pedro St. James National Historic Site, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Cayman Spirits Co. Distillery, then Head underground at Devil's Grotto, and finally shop like a local with Cayman Islands National Museum.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read George Town holiday maker .

Getting from Providenciales to George Town by flight takes about 5.5 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in George Town

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Grand Cayman
Highlights from your plan
Devil's Grotto ©
Devil's Grotto
Pedro St. James National Historic Site ©
Cayman Islands National Museum ©
Cayman Islands National Museum

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