19 days in Cuba Itinerary

19 days in Cuba Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Cuba trip planner

Make it your trip
Fly to Cayo Coco, Bus to Cayo Guillermo
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Cayo Guillermo
— 1 night
Drive
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Cayo Coco
— 1 night
Drive
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Santa Clara
— 1 night
Drive
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Trinidad
— 3 nights
Bus
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Cayo Largo
— 2 nights
Fly
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Varadero
— 2 nights
Drive
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Vinales
— 2 nights
Drive
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Havana
— 6 nights
Fly

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Cayo Guillermo

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): stroll through Cayo Guillermo, then head off the coast to Cayo Media Luna, then fulfill a lifelong dream with Delfinario, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Pilar.

For other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Cayo Guillermo vacation planner.

Vancouver, Canada to Cayo Guillermo is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Vancouver to Cayo Guillermo is 3 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Vancouver in August, with highs in Cayo Guillermo at 38°C and lows at 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to drive to Cayo Coco.

Things to do in Cayo Guillermo

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Cayo Coco

— 1 night
White sand beaches and calm waters have led to booming tourism in Cayo Coco, one of the main islands of the Jardines Del Rey archipelago.
On the 15th (Sun), relax and rejuvenate at Acuavida Spa Talaso and then take a tour by water with Melia Cayo Coco Diving Center.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Cayo Coco road trip planner.

Cayo Coco is just a stone's throw from Cayo Guillermo. August in Cayo Coco sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Santa Clara.

Things to do in Cayo Coco

Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors · Spas
Highlights from your trip

Santa Clara

— 1 night
The scene of one of the most dramatic battles of the Cuban Revolution, Santa Clara today possesses a youthful feel and a reputation for progressive thought.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): pause for some photo ops at Monumento a la Toma del Tren Blindado, appreciate the history behind Statue of Che Guevara Holding a Child, stroll around Parque Leoncio Vidal, then appreciate the history behind Che Guevara Mausoleum, and finally make a trip to Teatro La Caridad.

To see more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Santa Clara day trip planner.

Getting from Cayo Coco to Santa Clara by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Cayo Coco in August, Santa Clara is a bit cooler at night with lows of 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Trinidad.

Things to do in Santa Clara

Parks

Trinidad

— 3 nights
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.
Step out of Trinidad to go to Cienfuegos and see El Nicho Waterfalls, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Plaza Mayor, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Topes de Collantes, get outside with Parque Guanayara, and admire the sheer force of Salto del Caburni.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Trinidad road trip planning website.

You can drive from Santa Clara to Trinidad in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In August in Trinidad, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to catch the bus to Cayo Largo.

Things to do in Trinidad

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Cayo Largo

— 2 nights
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 20th (Fri): kick back and relax at Playa Paraiso. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Punta Mal Tiempo, enjoy the sand and surf at Sirena Beach, and then stroll through Sea Turtle Hatchery.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Cayo Largo road trip planner.

Take a bus from Trinidad to Cayo Largo in 4.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Cayo Largo are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Varadero.

Things to do in Cayo Largo

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Varadero

— 2 nights
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 22nd (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Cayos Blancos, walk around Josone Park, then enjoy the sand and surf at Varadero Beach, and finally get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Delfinario. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Pharmaceutical Museum, meet some fierce fish with Club ScubAzul, and then Head underground at Cueva de Saturno.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Varadero trip planner.

Fly from Cayo Largo to Varadero in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August in Varadero, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Vinales.

Things to do in Varadero

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trip

Vinales

— 2 nights
Offering a taste of authentic rural life, Vinales remains a small agricultural town, dominated by surrounding low mountain ranges.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, appreciate the views at Valle de Vinales, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia del Sagrado Corazon de Jesus. On the 25th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the fascinating underground world of Cueva del Palmarito, then step off the mainland to explore Cayo Levisa, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Cayo Jutias.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Vinales road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Varadero to Vinales takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August in Vinales, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 27°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can drive to Havana.

Things to do in Vinales

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Havana

— 6 nights

Rome of the Caribbean

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: get to know the fascinating history of Malecón of Havana, make a trip to Plaza de la Catedral, steep yourself in history at Fortaleza de San Carlos de la Cabana, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Havana trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from Vinales to Havana takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Tue) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Havana

Historic Sites · Tours · Museums · Wildlife

Cuba travel guide

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Beaches · Historic Walking Areas · Landmarks
The largest island in the Caribbean, Cuba lies just 140 km (90 mi) south of Florida and captivates a growing number of Western visitors with its tropical landscapes and cultural attractions. Sightseeing in Cuba inevitably begins in Havana, a city of photogenic architecture, lively nightlife, and a passion for baseball. The country's smaller colonial towns usually feature central squares, ideal places to meet the locals under wrought-iron street lamps. Savvy visitors escape the cities during their Cuba holidays, devoting plenty of time to the country's charming countryside, where you can get the feel for this diverse land by conversing with friendly tobacco farmers and small-scale fruit producers.