58 days in Cuba Itinerary

58 days in Cuba Itinerary

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58 days in Cuba Itinerary

Start: Havana
1
Havana
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Vinales
— 8 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Havana
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Cienfuegos
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Santa Clara
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Topes de Collantes
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h 15​min
7
Holguin
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
8
Santiago de Cuba
— 7 nights
Drive:  6​h 45​min
9
Ciego de Avila
— 8 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
10
Trinidad
— 6 nights
Drive:  4​h
11
Varadero
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
12
Havana
— 7 nights
End: Havana

2
nights
Havana

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 9th (Thu): get outside with Outdoor Activities, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Santa Maria del Rosario, admire the masterpieces at Casa del Benemerito de las Americas Benito Juarez, then admire the masterpieces at Museo de Artes Decorativas, then stop by El Barrio Chino (Chinatown), and finally see the interesting displays at Museo de la Farmacia Habanera. On the next day, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, examine the collection at Museo Biblioteca Servando Cabrera, explore the world behind art at Palacio de Bellas Artes, then take an in-depth tour of Casa Museo de la Barberia, then see the interesting displays at Drogeria Johnson, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of El Templete.

To find traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Havana online visit planner .

If you are flying in from Canada, the closest major aiports are José Martí International Airport, Juan Gualberto Gomez International Airport and Vilo Acuña International Airport. In January in Havana, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Vinales.

Things to do in Havana

Museums Historic Sites Tours
Highlights from your plan
Museo de Artes Decorativas ©
Museo de Artes Decorativas
Scuba & Snorkeling
El Barrio Chino (Chinatown) ©
El Barrio Chino (Chinatown)

8
nights
Vinales

Offering a taste of authentic rural life, Vinales remains a small agricultural town, dominated by surrounding low mountain ranges.
Get some cultural insight at Palenque de los Cimarrones and Iglesia del Sagrado Corazon de Jesus. Step out of the city life by going to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Parque Prehistorico, Referencia Nacional. Get out of town with these interesting Vinales side-trips: San Diego de los Banos (Hacienda Cortina & Cueva de los Portales), Minas de Matahambre (Fbrica Dei Sigari & Cayo Jutias) and Pinar del Rio (Alejandro Robaina Tobacco Plantation, La Catedral de Pinar del Rio (Catedral de San Rosendo), &more). There's much more to do: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, explore the fascinating underground world of Cueva de la Vaca, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Botanico de Vinales, and head off the coast to Cayo Levisa.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Vinales online tour planner .

You can drive from Havana to Vinales in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Vinales are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. On the 19th (Sun), you're off to Havana.

Things to do in Vinales

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Pinar del Rio, Minas de Matahambre, San Diego de los Banos, Cayo Levisa, La Guira National Park
Highlights from your plan
Horseback Riding Tours
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Cayo Jutias ©
Cayo Jutias

2
nights
Havana

On the 19th (Sun), look for gifts at Art Market, then meet the residents at Cana Santa Bar, then examine the collection at Havana Old Car Museum, and finally take a stroll through Central Havana.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Havana trip planner.

Drive from Vinales to Havana in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Cienfuegos.

Things to do in Havana

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Central Havana
Central Havana
Palacio De Los Capitanes Generales ©
Palacio De Los Capitanes Generales

4
nights
Cienfuegos

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Palacio de Valle and Guanaroca Lagoon. Get some cultural insight at Rancho Luna Beach and Delfinario de Cienfuegos. Change things up with these side-trips from Cienfuegos: Playa Giron (Punta Perdiz, Museo Giron, &more), Playa Larga (Criadero De Cocodrilos, Zapata Swamp, &more) and Bay of Pigs Museum (in Matanzas). There's lots more to do: get a sense of history and politics at Ferrer Palace, appreciate the history behind Estatua de Benny More, take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Garden of Cienfuegos, and brush up on your military savvy at Museo Historico Naval de Cienfuegos.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Cienfuegos sightseeing planning tool .

You can drive from Havana to Cienfuegos in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January in Cienfuegos, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to drive to Santa Clara.

Things to do in Cienfuegos

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Playa Larga, Playa Giron, Cuba, Bay of Pigs Museum
Highlights from your plan
Zapata Swamp ©
Zapata Swamp
Palacio de Valle ©
Palacio de Valle
Guanaroca Lagoon ©
Guanaroca Lagoon

4
nights
Santa Clara

Santa Clara ©
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Iglesia de San Juan Batista and Museo Parrandas Remedianas. Discover out-of-the-way places like Museo de Agroindustria Azucarera and Spas & Wellness. Get out of town with these interesting Santa Clara side-trips: Caibarien (Cayo Santa Maria & Cayerias Del Norte), Cayo Santa Maria (Plaza La Estrella, Acuario-Delfinario Cayo Santa Maria, &more) and Parque natural Rancho Querete (in Yaguajay). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Teatro La Caridad, pause for some photo ops at Statue of Che Guevara Holding a Child, take an in-depth tour of Museo de Artes Decorativas, and admire the striking features of Fabrica de Tabacos Costantino Perez Carrodegua.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Santa Clara trip planner.

Getting from Cienfuegos to Santa Clara by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. January in Santa Clara sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 19°C at night. On the 29th (Wed), you'll travel to Topes de Collantes.

Things to do in Santa Clara

Parks Spas Museums

Side Trips

Cayo Santa Maria, Remedios, Caibarien, Parque Albarran, Parque natural Rancho Querete
Highlights from your plan
Iglesia de San Juan Batista ©
Iglesia de San Juan Batista
Cayo Santa Maria ©
Cayo Santa Maria
Museo de Agroindustria Azucarera ©
Museo de Agroindustria Azucarera

2
nights
Topes de Collantes

Topes de Collantes ©
Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): head outdoors with Parque Guanayara. On the next day, get a taste of the local shopping with Museo de Arte Cubano, take in the dramatic scenery at Vegas Grande Waterfall, then take in the awesome beauty at Topes de Collantes, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Salto de Javira.

For photos and tourist information, go to the Topes de Collantes vacation planner.

You can drive from Santa Clara to Topes de Collantes in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Santa Clara in January since evenings lows in Topes de Collantes dip to 32°C. On the 31st (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Holguin.

Things to do in Topes de Collantes

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Parque Guanayara
Highlights from your plan
Topes de Collantes ©
Topes de Collantes
Vegas Grande Waterfall ©
Vegas Grande Waterfall
Salto de Javira ©
Salto de Javira

2
nights
Holguin

Holguin ©
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.
You've now added Playa Esmeralda to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 1st (Sat): stroll through Playa Blanca, then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Esmeralda, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Monumento Nacional Bariay. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: walk around BioParque Rocazul and then take in the dramatic scenery at Guayabo Falls.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Holguin road trip website .

Traveling by car from Topes de Collantes to Holguin takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. Traveling from Topes de Collantes in January, plan for a bit cooler nights in Holguin, with lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Santiago de Cuba.

Things to do in Holguin

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Parque Monumento Nacional Bariay, Playa Blanca
Highlights from your plan
Playa Esmeralda ©
Playa Esmeralda

7
nights
Santiago de 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at El Cobre Basilica and Cementerio Santa Ifigenia. Visiting Comandancia de la plata and Siboney Beach will get you outdoors. Explore Santiago de Cuba's surroundings by going to Guantanamo (Catedral de Santa Catalina de Ricci, Palacio Salcines, &more), Basilica de la Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre (in El Cobre) and Sugar Cane Museum (in Guama). There's much more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, stroll through Playa El Verraco, and enjoy the sea views from Faro del Morro.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Santiago de Cuba sightseeing site .

Getting from Holguin to Santiago de Cuba by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In February in Santiago de Cuba, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Ciego de Avila.

Things to do in Santiago de Cuba

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Guantanamo, El Cobre, Santiago de Cuba Province, Rancho El Dajao, Sugar Cane Museum
Highlights from your plan
Comandancia de la plata ©
Comandancia de la plata
El Cobre Basilica ©
El Cobre Basilica

8
nights
Ciego de Avila

Ciego de Avila ©
Ciego de Ávila is a city in the central part of Cuba and the capital of Ciego de Ávila Province. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Cayo Media Luna and Salto del Guayabo Waterfall. Do some cultural sightseeing at Fundacion Alejo Carpentier and Museo Provincial Simon Reyes. Explore Ciego de Avila's surroundings by going to Cayo Guillermo (Playa Pilar & Cayo Guillermo), Cayo Coco (Rocarena Climbing Center & Birdwatching with Paulino Lopez Delgado) and Moron (Laguna de la Leche, Galeria Pauyet, &more). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Terminal de Ferrocarriles de Moron, meet the residents at Zoologico de ciego de avila, look for all kinds of wild species at Sierra del Rosario Biosphere Reserve, and gain insight at University of Ciego de Avila.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Ciego de Avila trip planner.

Drive from Santiago de Cuba to Ciego de Avila in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in February, and nighttime lows around 23°C. On the 17th (Mon), you'll travel to Trinidad.

Things to do in Ciego de Avila

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Cuba, Moron, Cayo Guillermo, Cayo Coco
Highlights from your plan
Birdwatching with Paulino Lopez Delgado ©
Cayo Media Luna ©
Cayo Media Luna
Laguna de la Leche ©
Laguna de la Leche

6
nights
Trinidad

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.
You've now added Casa de la Musica to your itinerary.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Trinidad tour itinerary maker app .

Drive from Ciego de Avila to Trinidad in 3 hours. In February, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 21°C. On the 23rd (Sun), you're off to Varadero.

Things to do in Trinidad

Classes Nightlife
Highlights from your plan
Casa de la Musica ©
Casa de la Musica

4
nights
Varadero

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.
Get outdoors at Coral Beach - Playa Coral and Varadero Golf Club. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Varahicacos Ecological Reserve and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Change things up with these side-trips from Varadero: Cardenas Cathedral (in Cardenas) and Matanzas (Ermita de Monserrate, Palmar de Junco, &more). And it doesn't end there: delve into the distant past at Cueva de Ambrosio, make a trip to Parque Central, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and see the interesting displays at Museo Municipal Varadero.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Varadero trip website .

You can drive from Trinidad to Varadero in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Varadero can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Havana.

Things to do in Varadero

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Matanzas, Cardenas
Highlights from your plan
Varahicacos Ecological Reserve ©
Varahicacos Ecological Reserve
Coral Beach - Playa Coral ©
Coral Beach - Playa Coral
Varadero Golf Club ©
Varadero Golf Club

7
nights
Havana

Havana ©
Do some cultural sightseeing at Museo Napoleonico and Castillo en Las Nubes. Visiting Las Terrazas Complex and Salto de Sorao will get you outdoors. Explore Havana's surroundings by going to Playa de Jibacoa (in Santa Cruz del Norte), Las Terrazas (Casa Museo de Polo Montanez & Banos del San Juan) and Jardines de Hershey (in Jibacoa). See some other sides of Havana: capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, make a trip to Sculpture Conversation, take in nature's colorful creations at Soroa Orchid Botanical Garden, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Las Mansiones de Miramar.

Plan my day in Havana using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Havana

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Las Terrazas, Soroa, Jardines de Hershey, San Francisco de Paula Church (Antigua Iglesia De San Francisco De Paula), Playa de Jibacoa
Highlights from your plan
Museo Napoleonico ©
Museo Napoleonico
Las Terrazas Complex ©
Las Terrazas Complex

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