30 days in Cuba Itinerary

30 days in Cuba Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Cuba journey planner

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Cayo Largo
— 2 nights
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Trinidad
— 3 nights
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Cienfuegos
— 2 nights
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Varadero
— 4 nights
Drive
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Havana
— 6 nights
Drive
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Vinales
— 3 nights
Drive
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Santa Clara
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cayo Guillermo
— 1 night
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Cayo Coco
— 1 night
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Santiago de Cuba
— 2 nights
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Holguin
— 3 nights
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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.
On the 2nd (Wed), enjoy a perfect day by the water at Playa Paraiso. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Sirena Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Blanca Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Sea Turtle Hatchery, and step off the mainland to explore Cayo Rico.

For ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Cayo Largo online journey planner.

Montreal, Canada to Cayo Largo is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Montreal in June, with highs in Cayo Largo at 36°C and lows at 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to take a bus to Trinidad.

Things to do in Cayo Largo

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

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.
Trinidad is known for beaches, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Plaza Mayor, see the interesting displays at Romance Museum, stop by Casa del Alfarero, and kick back and relax at Ancon Beach.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Trinidad travel planning tool.

Getting from Cayo Largo to Trinidad by bus takes about 4.5 hours. Traveling from Cayo Largo in June, expect a bit warmer with lows of 36°C in Trinidad. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Cienfuegos.

Things to do in Trinidad

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Cienfuegos

— 2 nights

Pearl of the South

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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): stop by La Fernandina, then don't miss a visit to Parque Jose Marti, then steep yourself in history at Palacio de Valle, and finally wander the streets of Punta Gorda. On your second day here, take in the dramatic scenery at El Nicho Waterfalls, explore the activities along Guanaroca Lagoon, then shop like a local with Galeria Santiago Hermes, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Poco Bonito.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Cienfuegos attractions planning tool.

Traveling by car from Trinidad to Cienfuegos takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Cienfuegos when traveling from Trinidad in June, with lows around 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Varadero.

Things to do in Cienfuegos

Parks · Nature · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Varadero

— 4 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Varadero side-trips: Matanzas (Parque de la Libertad, Pharmaceutical Museum, &more) and Cardenas Cathedral (in Cardenas). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Varadero Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cayos Blancos, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Santa Elvira, and explore the fascinating underground world of Cueva de Saturno.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Varadero travel route planning app.

Getting from Cienfuegos to Varadero by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in June, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Havana.

Things to do in Varadero

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Golf

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: appreciate the extensive heritage of Malecón of Havana, don't miss a visit to Plaza de la Catedral, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and steep yourself in history at Old Square (Plaza Vieja).

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Havana trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Varadero to Havana in 2 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and train. In June, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to drive to Vinales.

Things to do in Havana

Historic Sites · Tours · Museums · Outdoors

Vinales

— 3 nights
Offering a taste of authentic rural life, Vinales remains a small agricultural town, dominated by surrounding low mountain ranges.
Change things up with a short trip to Cayo Jutias in Minas de Matahambre (about 56 minutes away). The adventure continues: admire the verdant scenery at Valle de Vinales, explore the fascinating underground world of Cueva del Palmarito, trot along with a tour on horseback, and step off the mainland to explore Cayo Levisa.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Vinales tour itinerary maker tool.

You can drive from Havana to Vinales in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can go by car to Santa Clara.

Things to do in Vinales

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Santa Clara

— 2 nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Santa Clara de Asis, then appreciate the history behind Che Guevara Mausoleum, then walk around Parque Leoncio Vidal, and finally pause for some photo ops at Monumento a la Toma del Tren Blindado. On the next day, go for a walk through Iglesia de San Juan Batista, make a trip to Statue of Che Guevara Holding a Child, then make a trip to Teatro La Caridad, and finally stroll the grounds of Israeli Cemetery of the Hebrew Community of Santa Clara.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Santa Clara online tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Vinales to Santa Clara in 5.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of shuttle and train. In June, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Cayo Guillermo.

Things to do in Santa Clara

Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

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 24th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Cayo Guillermo, fulfill a lifelong dream with Delfinario, then head off the coast to Cayo Media Luna, and finally kick back and relax at Playa Pilar.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Cayo Guillermo trip builder tool.

Traveling by car from Santa Clara to Cayo Guillermo takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. In June, daytime highs in Cayo Guillermo are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) to allow time 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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Fri): relax and rejuvenate at Acuavida Spa Talaso and then identify plant and animal life at Melia Cayo Coco Diving Center.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Cayo Coco travel tool.

Cayo Coco is just a stone's throw from Cayo Guillermo. In June in Cayo Coco, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Santiago de Cuba.

Things to do in Cayo Coco

Tours · Outdoors · Spas · Wildlife
Highlights from your trip

Santiago de Cuba

— 2 nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Emilio Bacardi Moreau Museum, make a trip to La Alameda, explore the different monuments and memorials at Cementerio Santa Ifigenia, then look for all kinds of wild species at Comandancia de la plata, then step into the grandiose world of Castillo de San Pedro de la Roca, and finally enjoy the sea views from Faro del Morro. Keep things going the next day: get engrossed in the history at Casa de Diego Velazquez, contemplate the long history of Moncada Barracks, don't miss a visit to Casa Museo Granjita de Siboney, then walk around Cespedes Park, and finally get a taste of life in the country at Rancho El Dajao.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Santiago de Cuba trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Cayo Coco to Santiago de Cuba in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In June, daily temperatures in Santiago de Cuba can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to drive to Holguin.

Things to do in Santiago de Cuba

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trip

Holguin

— 3 nights

City of Parks

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.
Step out of Holguin to go to Gibara and see Cueva de los Panaderos, which is approximately 50 minutes away. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Playa Esmeralda, tour the pleasant surroundings at Guardalavaca Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Bahia de Naranjo Nature Park, and take some stellar pictures from Hill of the Cross (Loma de la Cruz).

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Holguin road trip app.

Traveling by car from Santiago de Cuba to Holguin takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Holguin are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Holguin

Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

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.