31 days in Cuba Itinerary

31 days in Cuba Itinerary

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Havana
— 7 nights
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Vinales
— 2 nights
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Varadero
— 3 nights
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Cayo Largo
— 2 nights
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Cienfuegos
— 2 nights
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Trinidad
— 3 nights
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Santa Clara
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cayo Santa Maria
— 1 night
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Cayo Guillermo
— 2 nights
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Santiago de Cuba
— 2 nights
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Holguin
— 3 nights
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Havana

— 7 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 Revolution Plaza Havana, take a stroll through Christopher Columbus Cemetery (Cemetario de Colon), and get engrossed in the history at Museum of the Revolution (Museo de la Revolucion).

To see ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Havana road trip planning app.

Kigali, Rwanda to Havana is an approximately 26.5-hour flight. Traveling from Kigali to Havana, you'll gain 7 hours due to the time zone difference. In March, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can go by car to Vinales.

Things to do in Havana

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Tours

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 8th (Thu): trot along with a tour on horseback, appreciate the views at Valle de Vinales, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia del Sagrado Corazon de Jesus. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Cayo Jutias, then explore the fascinating underground world of Cuevas de Santo Tomas, and then make a trip to Mural de la Prehistoria.

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Vinales itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Havana to Vinales takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in April, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Varadero.

Things to do in Vinales

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Nature

Side Trip

Varadero

— 3 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.
Explore Varadero's surroundings by going to Matanzas (Cuevas de Bellamar, Parque de la Libertad, &more). And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Varadero Beach, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, enjoy the sand and surf at Cayos Blancos, and examine the collection at House of Rum.

To find reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Varadero trip maker.

You can drive from Vinales to Varadero in 4.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Varadero can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Cayo Largo.

Things to do in Varadero

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Beaches

Side Trip

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 13th (Tue), kick back and relax at Playa Paraiso. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Sea Turtle Hatchery, then kick back and relax at Sirena Beach, and then kick back and relax at Punta Mal Tiempo.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Cayo Largo trip planning tool.

Getting from Varadero to Cayo Largo by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In April in Cayo Largo, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can take a bus to Cienfuegos.

Things to do in Cayo Largo

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Wildlife

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.
On the 15th (Thu), get a sense of history and politics at Museo de las Artes Palacio Ferrer, don't miss a visit to Parque Jose Marti, view the masterpieces at Poco Bonito, then visit Punta Gorda, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Palacio de Valle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Fri): admire the sheer force of El Nicho Waterfalls and then get a dose of the wild on Caribbean Pearl Tours.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Cienfuegos online trip builder.

You can take a bus from Cayo Largo to Cienfuegos in 3.5 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Trinidad.

Things to do in Cienfuegos

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Neighborhoods

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: make a trip to Plaza Mayor, get a dose of the wild on Trinidad Sightseeing, see the interesting displays at Romance Museum, and contemplate the long history of Valle de los Ingenios.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Trinidad online trip maker.

Drive from Cienfuegos to Trinidad in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Trinidad are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can go by car to Santa Clara.

Things to do in Trinidad

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Tue): appreciate the history behind Statue of Che Guevara Holding a Child, appreciate the history behind Che Guevara Mausoleum, then stroll around Parque Leoncio Vidal, then appreciate the history behind Monumento a la Toma del Tren Blindado, and finally stroll the grounds of Israeli Cemetery of the Hebrew Community of Santa Clara. On the next day, see the interesting displays at Museo Parrandas Remedianas, then take in the pleasant sights at Iglesia de San Juan Batista, then get engrossed in the history at Museo de Artes Decorativas, and finally don't miss a visit to Teatro La Caridad.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Santa Clara travel route builder.

You can drive from Trinidad to Santa Clara in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. April in Santa Clara sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Cayo Santa Maria.

Things to do in Santa Clara

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Cayo Santa Maria

— 1 night
An island off Cuba's north central coast, Cayo Santa Maria has become known for its long sandy beaches and all inclusive resorts.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): head off the coast to Cayo Santa Maria, look for all kinds of wild species at Acuario-Delfinario Cayo Santa Maria, and then kick back and relax at Playa Cayo Santa Maria.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Cayo Santa Maria travel planner.

Getting from Santa Clara to Cayo Santa Maria by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Santa Clara in April since evenings lows in Cayo Santa Maria dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Cayo Guillermo.

Things to do in Cayo Santa Maria

Parks · Wildlife · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

Cayo Guillermo

— 2 nights
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 23rd (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Birdwatching with Paulino Lopez Delgado and then step off the mainland to explore Cayo Media Luna. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Sat): kick back and relax at Cayo Guillermo and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Pilar.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Cayo Guillermo trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Cayo Santa Maria to Cayo Guillermo in 4 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Santiago de Cuba.

Things to do in Cayo Guillermo

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side 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 25th (Sun): take an in-depth tour of Casa de Diego Velazquez, contemplate the long history of Moncada Barracks, then see the interesting displays at Emilio Bacardi Moreau Museum, then walk around Cespedes Park, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin de los Helechos. On your second day here, stroll the grounds of Cementerio Santa Ifigenia, pause for some serene contemplation at El Cobre Basilica, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica de la Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre, don't miss a visit to La Alameda, then step into the grandiose world of Castillo de San Pedro de la Roca, and finally enjoy the sea views from Faro del Morro.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Santiago de Cuba trip planner.

Getting from Cayo Guillermo to Santiago de Cuba by car takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of taxi, train, and flight. In April in Santiago de Cuba, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Holguin.

Things to do in Santiago de Cuba

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Tue): hike along Las Guanas Eco-Archaeologic Trail, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Esmeralda, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Guardalavaca Beach. On your second day here, get great views at Hill of the Cross (Loma de la Cruz) and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Pesquero.

For maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Holguin travel planner.

Drive from Santiago de Cuba to Holguin in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in April, and nighttime lows around 24°C. You will have some time to spend on the 29th (Thu) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Holguin

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Trails

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.