51 days in Cuba Itinerary

51 days in Cuba Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Cuba trip planner

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Havana
— 12 nights
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Vinales
— 3 nights
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Varadero
— 5 nights
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Cayo Largo
— 2 nights
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Cienfuegos
— 4 nights
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Trinidad
— 5 nights
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Santa Clara
— 2 nights
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Cayo Santa Maria
— 2 nights
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Cayo Guillermo
— 2 nights
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Camaguey
— 3 nights
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Holguin
— 4 nights
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Santiago de Cuba
— 6 nights
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Havana

— 12 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Castillo de la Real Fuerza. Shop till you drop at Yuniel Delgado Studio and Cubas Historiske Arkiv Asger Jorn paintings. Change things up with these side-trips from Havana: Las Terrazas (Las Terrazas Complex & Casa Museo de Polo Montanez). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Museo Napoleonico, steep yourself in history at Palacio De Los Capitanes Generales, get to know the fascinating history of Malecón of Havana, and hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Havana online tour itinerary planner.

London, UK to Havana is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Cuba Standard Time, which is usually a -5 hour difference. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from London in November; daily highs in Havana reach 33°C and lows reach 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to drive to Vinales.

Things to do in Havana

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

Vinales

— 3 nights
Offering a taste of authentic rural life, Vinales remains a small agricultural town, dominated by surrounding low mountain ranges.
Escape the urban bustle at Valle de Vinales and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Do some cultural sightseeing at Cueva de los Portales and Iglesia del Sagrado Corazon de Jesus. Change things up with a short trip to Cayo Jutias in Minas de Matahambre (about 56 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, don't miss a visit to Mural de la Prehistoria, Head underground at Palenque de los Cimarrones, and take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Botanico de Vinales.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Vinales trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by car from Havana to Vinales takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. November in Vinales sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Varadero.

Things to do in Vinales

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Pharmaceutical Museum and Lolo Galeria-Taller. For shopping fun, head to Varadero Street Market or Artecru. Venture out of the city with trips to Matanzas (Parque de la Libertad, Cuartel de Bomberos de Matanzas, &more). Next up on the itinerary: get outside with Outdoor Activities, stroll through Varahicacos Ecological Reserve, examine the collection at House of Rum, and kick back and relax at Varadero Beach.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Varadero travel planner.

Traveling by car from Vinales to Varadero takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) to allow time to fly to Cayo Largo.

Things to do in Varadero

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Paraiso. On your second day here, enjoy the sand and surf at Punta Mal Tiempo, then stroll through Sirena Beach, then stroll through Sea Turtle Hatchery, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Blanca Beach.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Cayo Largo route planner.

Traveling by flight from Varadero to Cayo Largo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Varadero in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Cayo Largo, with lows of 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can take a bus to Cienfuegos.

Things to do in Cayo Largo

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Cienfuegos

— 4 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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Galeria Santiago Hermes and La Fernandina. Visit Caleta Buena and Rancho Luna Beach for some beach relaxation. Change things up with a short trip to Museo Giron in Playa Giron (about 1h 15 min away). There's still lots to do: ponder the world of politics at Museo de las Artes Palacio Ferrer, go for a walk through Malecon de Cienfuegos, meet the residents at Delfinario de Cienfuegos, and get a taste of the local shopping with CasaHuella Lisbet Studio.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Cienfuegos trip itinerary planning tool.

You can take a bus from Cayo Largo to Cienfuegos in 3.5 hours. December in Cienfuegos sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to drive to Trinidad.

Things to do in Cienfuegos

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Trinidad

— 5 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 off the beaten path and head to Topes de Collantes and Convento de San Francisco de Asis. Get in touch with nature at Trinidad Sightseeing and Playa La Boca. Take a break from Trinidad with a short trip to Museo de Arte Cubano in Topes de Collantes, about 34 minutes away. The adventure continues: get a taste of the local shopping with YuditVidalFaife, steep yourself in history at Ruinas de Ingenio San Isidro de los Destiladeros, admire the sheer force of Salto del Caburni, and don't miss a visit to Plaza Mayor.

To see photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Trinidad tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Cienfuegos to Trinidad in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Trinidad are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can go by car to Santa Clara.

Things to do in Trinidad

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Wildlife

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 13th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Loma del Capiro, see the interesting displays at Museo Parrandas Remedianas, then examine the collection at Museo de Agroindustria Azucarera, then take in the pleasant sights at Iglesia de San Juan Batista, and finally stroll the grounds of Israeli Cemetery of the Hebrew Community of Santa Clara. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Mon): pause for some photo ops at Monumento a la Toma del Tren Blindado, get engrossed in the history at Museo de Artes Decorativas, don't miss a visit to Teatro La Caridad, then appreciate the history behind Che Guevara Mausoleum, then stroll around Parque Leoncio Vidal, and finally pause for some photo ops at Statue of Che Guevara Holding a Child.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Santa Clara tour app.

Traveling by car from Trinidad to Santa Clara takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. December in Santa Clara sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to drive to Cayo Santa Maria.

Things to do in Santa Clara

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trip

Cayo Santa Maria

— 2 nights
An island off Cuba's north central coast, Cayo Santa Maria has become known for its long sandy beaches and all inclusive resorts.
On the 15th (Tue), stroll through Acuario-Delfinario Cayo Santa Maria, see some colorful creatures with Centre de plongee, Marina Gaviota a Cayo Santa Maria, and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: browse the different shops at Plaza Las Dunas, kick back and relax at Playa Cayo Santa Maria, then browse the different shops at Plaza La Estrella, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de las Gaviotas.

For maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Cayo Santa Maria itinerary planning app.

Getting from Santa Clara to Cayo Santa Maria by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Santa Clara in December, plan for a bit warmer nights in Cayo Santa Maria, with lows around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can go by car to Cayo Guillermo.

Things to do in Cayo Santa Maria

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Tours

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 17th (Thu): head off the coast to Cayo Media Luna, kick back and relax at Playa Pilar, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Cayo Guillermo. On the 18th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Birdwatching with Paulino Lopez Delgado, then discover the deep blue sea with Melia Cayo Coco Diving Center, and then relax and rejuvenate at Acuavida Spa Talaso.

To see traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Cayo Guillermo tour planner.

Traveling by car from Cayo Santa Maria to Cayo Guillermo takes 4 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can drive to Camaguey.

Things to do in Cayo Guillermo

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Camaguey

— 3 nights
Camaguey encompasses the central section of Cuba and remains largely agricultural, its economy dependent on small-scale cattle raising and fruit production.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Martha Jimenez's Studio Workshop and Plaza San Juan de Dios. Shop till you drop at Estudio Galeria Magdiel and Mercado Agropecuario El Rio. There's lots more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Plaza del Carmen, steep yourself in history at Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de la Soledad, kick back and relax at Coco Beach, and pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Nuestra Senora del Carmen.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Camaguey road trip planning site.

Drive from Cayo Guillermo to Camaguey in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. Traveling from Cayo Guillermo in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Camaguey, with lows of 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to go by car to Holguin.

Things to do in Camaguey

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Shopping

Holguin

— 4 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Playa Esmeralda and Cayo Saetia Island. We've included these beaches for you: Playa Pesquero and Guardalavaca Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Holguin side-trips: Guardalavaca (Las Guanas Eco-Archaeologic Trail & Guardalavaca Flea Market), Bayamo (Wax Museum, Casa Natal De Carlos Manuel De Cespedes, &more) and Catedral Del Santisimo Salvador De Bayamo (in Manzanillo). There's still lots to do: stroll through Bahia de Naranjo Nature Park, don't miss a visit to Plaza de La Marqueta, stroll around BioParque Rocazul, and take some stellar pictures from Hill of the Cross (Loma de la Cruz).

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Holguin trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by car from Camaguey to Holguin takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in December, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Santiago de Cuba.

Things to do in Holguin

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Santiago de Cuba

— 6 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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Casa de Diego Velazquez and La Isabelica Museum. Explore hidden gems such as El Cobre Basilica and Castillo de San Pedro de la Roca. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Santiago de Cuba: Basilica de la Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre (in El Cobre), Sugar Cane Museum (in Guama) and Salto del Guayabo (in Julio Antonio Mella). Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption, get to know the fascinating history of La Gran Piedra (The Big Rock), relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and brush up on your military savvy at Museo de la Lucha Clandestina.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Santiago de Cuba holiday planner.

You can drive from Holguin to Santiago de Cuba in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In December in Santiago de Cuba, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 25°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Santiago de Cuba

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

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.