32 days in Cuba Itinerary

32 days in Cuba Itinerary

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Holguin
— 2 nights
Drive
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Santiago de Cuba
— 4 nights
Fly
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Havana
— 6 nights
Drive
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Vinales
— 2 nights
Drive
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Santa Clara
— 1 night
Drive
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Cayo Coco
— 1 night
Drive
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Cayo Guillermo
— 1 night
Drive
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Trinidad
— 3 nights
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Cienfuegos
— 3 nights
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Cayo Largo
— 3 nights
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Varadero
— 5 nights
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Holguin

— 2 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.
Holguin is known for beaches, parks, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: kick back and relax at Guardalavaca Beach, don't miss a visit to Plaza de La Marqueta, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Esmeralda, and step off the mainland to explore Cayo Saetia Island.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Holguin trip planner.

Catania, Italy to Holguin is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also fly. Traveling from Catania to Holguin, you'll gain 6 hours due to the time zone difference. In December, Holguin is much hotter than Catania - with highs of 34°C and lows of 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can go by car to Santiago de Cuba.

Things to do in Holguin

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

Santiago de Cuba

— 4 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.
Santiago de Cuba is known for historic sites, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Sierra Maestra, don't miss a visit to Casa Museo Granjita de Siboney, get engrossed in the history at Casa de Diego Velazquez, and step into the grandiose world of Castillo de San Pedro de la Roca.

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You can drive from Holguin to Santiago de Cuba in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can fly to Havana.

Things to do in Santiago de Cuba

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

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, make a trip to El Capitolio, contemplate the long history of El Morro, and get engrossed in the history at Museum of the Revolution (Museo de la Revolucion).

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Havana trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Santiago de Cuba to Havana takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect little chillier evenings in Havana when traveling from Santiago de Cuba in January, with lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to drive to Vinales.

Things to do in Havana

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Neighborhoods

Vinales

— 2 nights
Offering a taste of authentic rural life, Vinales remains a small agricultural town, dominated by surrounding low mountain ranges.
On the 9th (Sun), step off the mainland to explore Cayo Levisa and then enjoy the sand and surf at Cayo Jutias. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the views at Valle de Vinales and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To find other places to visit and more tourist information, you can read our Vinales online sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Havana to Vinales in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Vinales can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can drive to Santa Clara.

Things to do in Vinales

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

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 11th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Loma del Capiro, don't miss a visit to Statue of Che Guevara Holding a Child, then appreciate the history behind Che Guevara Mausoleum, and finally stroll the grounds of Israeli Cemetery of the Hebrew Community of Santa Clara.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Santa Clara tour itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from Vinales to Santa Clara takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of shuttle and train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Cayo Coco.

Things to do in Santa Clara

Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites

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 12th (Wed): head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Birdwatching with Paulino Lopez Delgado, and then soothe aching muscles at Acuavida Spa Talaso.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Cayo Coco holiday planner.

You can drive from Santa Clara to Cayo Coco in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Santa Clara in January, Cayo Coco is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Cayo Guillermo.

Things to do in Cayo Coco

Wildlife · Parks · Spas · Tours

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.
On the 13th (Thu), tour the pleasant surroundings at Cayo Guillermo, then head off the coast to Cayo Media Luna, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Pilar.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Cayo Guillermo online day trip planner.

Cayo Guillermo is just a short distance from Cayo Coco. January in Cayo Guillermo sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can drive to Trinidad.

Things to do in Cayo Guillermo

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, nightlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Plaza Mayor, examine the collection at Romance Museum, enjoy the sand and surf at Ancon Beach, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Topes de Collantes.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Trinidad trip builder app.

You can drive from Cayo Guillermo to Trinidad in 4.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Trinidad when traveling from Cayo Guillermo in January, with lows around 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can drive to Cienfuegos.

Things to do in Trinidad

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cienfuegos

— 3 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.
Cienfuegos is known for nature, beaches, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic scenery at El Nicho Waterfalls, admire the landmark architecture of Palacio de Valle, take a stroll through Punta Gorda, and kick back and relax at Rancho Luna Beach.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Cienfuegos trip itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Trinidad to Cienfuegos in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Trinidad in January, expect little chillier with lows of 21°C in Cienfuegos. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a bus to Cayo Largo.

Things to do in Cienfuegos

Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks · Museums

Cayo Largo

— 3 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 22nd (Sat), enjoy a perfect day by the water at Playa Paraiso. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Sirena Beach, step off the mainland to explore Cayo Rico, and tour the pleasant surroundings at El Torreon Nursery.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Cayo Largo trip planner.

Getting from Cienfuegos to Cayo Largo by bus takes about 3.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Cayo Largo are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to fly to Varadero.

Things to do in Cayo Largo

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Wildlife

Varadero

— 5 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, Ermita de Monserrate, &more). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Varadero Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Coral Beach - Playa Coral, head outdoors with ScubaLibre Varadero, and examine the collection at House of Rum.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Varadero journey planner.

Traveling by flight from Cayo Largo to Varadero takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Cayo Largo in January, plan for a bit cooler nights in Varadero, with lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Varadero

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Tours

Side Trip

Cuba travel guide

4.4
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.