52 days in Cuba Itinerary

52 days in Cuba Itinerary

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Fly to Holguin, Train to Santiago de Cuba
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Santiago de Cuba
— 6 nights
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Holguin
— 4 nights
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Camaguey
— 4 nights
Drive
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Cayo Coco
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cayo Guillermo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cayo Santa Maria
— 2 nights
Drive
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Santa Clara
— 2 nights
Drive
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Trinidad
— 5 nights
Drive
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Cienfuegos
— 4 nights
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Vinales
— 3 nights
Drive
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Havana
— 8 nights
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Varadero
— 5 nights
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Cayo Largo
— 4 nights
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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.
Explore Santiago de Cuba's surroundings by going to El Cobre (El Cobre Basilica & Basilica de la Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre). The adventure continues: explore the different monuments and memorials at Cementerio Santa Ifigenia, step into the grandiose world of Castillo de San Pedro de la Roca, don't miss a visit to Casa Museo Granjita de Siboney, and contemplate the long history of Moncada Barracks.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Santiago de Cuba trip maker site.

Berlin, Germany to Santiago de Cuba is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Cuba Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -6 hour difference. In February in Santiago de Cuba, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 24°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Holguin.

Things to do in Santiago de Cuba

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Gibara (Bateria de Fernando VII & Cueva de los Panaderos) and Playa Blanca (in Rafael Freyre). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Guardalavaca Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Esmeralda, take some stellar pictures from Hill of the Cross (Loma de la Cruz), and step off the mainland to explore Cayo Saetia Island.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Holguin trip builder website.

Traveling by car from Santiago de Cuba to Holguin takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Holguin can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Camaguey.

Things to do in Holguin

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Camaguey

— 4 nights
Camaguey encompasses the central section of Cuba and remains largely agricultural, its economy dependent on small-scale cattle raising and fruit production.
Take a break from Camaguey with a short trip to Sharks Friends Dive Center in Playa Santa Lucia, about 1h 55 min away. There's much more to do: take in the history at Plaza del Carmen, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglecia de san juan de dios, steep yourself in history at Iglesia Nuestra Señora De La Merced, and pause for some photo ops at Camaguey Centro.

For ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Camaguey trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Holguin to Camaguey takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. February in Camaguey sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Cayo Coco.

Things to do in Camaguey

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Cayo Coco

— 2 nights
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 23rd (Tue): explore the activities along Laguna La Redonda. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Wed): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, look for all kinds of wild species at Birdwatching with Paulino Lopez Delgado, and then soothe aching muscles at Acuavida Spa Talaso.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Cayo Coco route planner.

Getting from Camaguey to Cayo Coco by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. In February, daily temperatures in Cayo Coco can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can drive to Cayo Guillermo.

Things to do in Cayo Coco

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Spas

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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Thu): get close to the beloved marine mammals with Delfinario, stroll through Playa Pilar, and then head off the coast to Cayo Media Luna. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Cayo Guillermo.

For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Cayo Guillermo trip site.

Cayo Guillermo is just a short distance from Cayo Coco. In February, daytime highs in Cayo Guillermo are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. On the 26th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Cayo Santa Maria.

Things to do in Cayo Guillermo

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sat): buy something for everyone on your list at Plaza La Estrella and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de las Gaviotas. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Cayo Santa Maria, look for all kinds of wild species at Acuario-Delfinario Cayo Santa Maria, and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

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Getting from Cayo Guillermo to Cayo Santa Maria by car takes about 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in February, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to drive to Santa Clara.

Things to do in Cayo Santa Maria

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Shopping

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 1st (Mon): get engrossed in the history at Museo de Artes Decorativas, appreciate the history behind Statue of Che Guevara Holding a Child, then walk around Parque Leoncio Vidal, then appreciate the history behind Che Guevara Mausoleum, and finally make a trip to Teatro La Caridad. On the next day, appreciate the history behind Monumento a la Toma del Tren Blindado, explore the different monuments and memorials at Israeli Cemetery of the Hebrew Community of Santa Clara, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de San Juan Batista, and finally see the interesting displays at Museo Parrandas Remedianas.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Santa Clara using our trip planner.

Getting from Cayo Santa Maria to Santa Clara by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Cayo Santa Maria in February since evenings lows in Santa Clara dip to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can go by car to Trinidad.

Things to do in Santa Clara

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

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.
Trinidad is known for beaches, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Plaza Mayor, enjoy breathtaking views from Iznaga Tower, examine the collection at Romance Museum, and steep yourself in history at Valle de los Ingenios.

To find where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Trinidad tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Santa Clara to Trinidad takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Trinidad can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can go by car to Cienfuegos.

Things to do in Trinidad

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

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.
Take a break from Cienfuegos with a short trip to Cueva de los Peces in Playa Larga, about 1h 35 min away. There's much more to do: admire the sheer force of El Nicho Waterfalls, step into the grandiose world of Jagua Castle, contemplate the waterfront views at Bay of Pigs, and appreciate the history behind Estatua de Benny More.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Cienfuegos holiday website.

You can drive from Trinidad to Cienfuegos in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Vinales.

Things to do in Cienfuegos

Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping · Nature

Side Trips

Vinales

— 3 nights
Offering a taste of authentic rural life, Vinales remains a small agricultural town, dominated by surrounding low mountain ranges.
When in Vinales, make a side trip to see Cayo Jutias in Minas de Matahambre, approximately Minas de Matahambre away. There's much more to do: appreciate the views at Valle de Vinales, admire the natural beauty at Jardin Botanico de Vinales, Head underground at Cueva del Palmarito, and head off the coast to Cayo Levisa.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Vinales online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Cienfuegos to Vinales takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Vinales are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Havana.

Things to do in Vinales

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Havana

— 8 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, take a stroll through Christopher Columbus Cemetery (Cemetario de Colon), make a trip to El Capitolio, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Havana vacation maker.

Traveling by car from Vinales to Havana takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in March, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can drive to Varadero.

Things to do in Havana

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

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 (Club ScubAzul, Valle Canimar, &more) and Cardenas Cathedral (in Cardenas). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Varadero Beach, stroll through Coral Beach - Playa Coral, get advice or help at Convention Center Plaza America, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Delfinario.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Varadero travel route planning tool.

Drive from Havana to Varadero in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of train and taxi. In March, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Cayo Largo.

Things to do in Varadero

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Cayo Largo

— 4 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 28th (Sun), enjoy a perfect day by the water at Playa Paraiso. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Sirena Beach, head off the coast to Cayo Rico, tour the pleasant surroundings at Punta Mal Tiempo, and look for all kinds of wild species at El Torreon Nursery.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Cayo Largo travel planner.

You can fly from Varadero to Cayo Largo in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Varadero in March, expect a bit warmer with lows of 23°C in Cayo Largo. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cayo Largo

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

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.