60 days in Cuba Itinerary

60 days in Cuba Itinerary

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

— 14 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Malecón of Havana and Old Square (Plaza Vieja). Discover out-of-the-way places like Palacio De Los Capitanes Generales and Castillo de la Real Fuerza. Take a break from Havana with a short trip to Las Terrazas Complex in Las Terrazas, about 1h 5 min away. Next up on the itinerary: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, steep yourself in history at Fort San Salvador (Castillo De San Salvador De La Punta), get to know the fascinating history of Old Havana, and don't miss a visit to Camera Obscura.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Havana trip maker website.

San Francisco, USA to Havana is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from San Francisco to Havana is 3 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from San Francisco in January, with highs in Havana at 79°F and lows at 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can drive to Vinales.

Things to do in Havana

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Vinales

— 3 nights
Offering a taste of authentic rural life, Vinales remains a small agricultural town, dominated by surrounding low mountain ranges.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Nature & Wildlife Tours and Horseback Riding Tours. Step out of the city life by going to Valle de Vinales and Cuevas de Santo Tomas. Change things up with a short trip to Cayo Jutias in Minas de Matahambre (about 56 minutes away). The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Botanico de Vinales, explore the fascinating underground world of Cueva del Indio, step off the mainland to explore Cayo Levisa, and make a trip to Mural de la Prehistoria.

To see reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Vinales trip planning site.

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 80°F in January, and nighttime lows around 64°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can go by car to Cienfuegos.

Things to do in Vinales

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Cienfuegos

— 5 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.
Visit Palacio de Valle and Bay of Pigs for their historical value. Escape the urban bustle at Guanaroca Lagoon and Rancho Luna Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Cienfuegos: Playa Giron (Museo Giron & Caleta Buena). There's much more to do: ponder the world of politics at Museo de las Artes Palacio Ferrer, view the masterpieces at Poco Bonito, take in the dramatic scenery at El Nicho Waterfalls, and pause for some photo ops at Estatua de Benny More.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Cienfuegos vacation website.

Drive from Vinales to Cienfuegos in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Cienfuegos are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to drive to Trinidad.

Things to do in Cienfuegos

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Trinidad

— 7 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.
Salto del Caburni and Horseback Riding Tours are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of the city life by going to Topes de Collantes and Ancon Beach. Step out of Trinidad to go to Topes de Collantes and see Vegas Grande Waterfall, which is approximately 32 minutes away. The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Convento de San Francisco de Asis, get a taste of the local shopping with YuditVidalFaife, see the interesting displays at Museo de Historia Municipal, and don't miss a visit to Trinidad de Cuba.

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Getting from Cienfuegos to Trinidad by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Cienfuegos in January, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Trinidad, with lows around 81°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to drive to Santa Clara.

Things to do in Trinidad

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Santa Clara

— 3 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Iglesia de San Juan Batista and Parque Leoncio Vidal. Visit Israeli Cemetery of the Hebrew Community of Santa Clara and Catedral de Santa Clara de Asis for their historical value. Get out of town with these interesting Santa Clara side-trips: Parque Albarran (in Sagua la Grande) and Remedios (Museo Parrandas Remedianas & Museo de Agroindustria Azucarera). There's much more to do: stroll through Loma del Capiro, don't miss a visit to Teatro La Caridad, and pause for some photo ops at Monumento a la Toma del Tren Blindado.

For more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Santa Clara trip itinerary maker site.

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. Plan for colder nights when traveling from Trinidad in January since evenings lows in Santa Clara dip to 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Cayo Santa Maria.

Things to do in Santa Clara

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

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 3rd (Fri): soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, then stroll through Acuario-Delfinario Cayo Santa Maria, and then kick back and relax at Playa Cayo Santa Maria. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: discover the deep blue sea with Centre de plongee, Marina Gaviota a Cayo Santa Maria, then browse the different shops at Plaza La Estrella, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de las Gaviotas.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Cayo Santa Maria online vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Santa Clara to Cayo Santa Maria takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Santa Clara in February since evenings lows in Cayo Santa Maria dip to 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Cayo Guillermo.

Things to do in Cayo Santa Maria

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Beaches

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 5th (Sun): head off the coast to Cayo Media Luna, then kick back and relax at Playa Pilar, and then kick back and relax at Cayo Guillermo. On the next day, see some colorful creatures with Melia Cayo Coco Diving Center, tour the pleasant surroundings at Birdwatching with Paulino Lopez Delgado, and then relax and rejuvenate at Acuavida Spa Talaso.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Cayo Guillermo route website.

Traveling by car from Cayo Santa Maria to Cayo Guillermo takes 4 hours. In February in Cayo Guillermo, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 68°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Camaguey.

Things to do in Cayo Guillermo

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trip

Camaguey

— 5 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 Plaza del Carmen and Estudio Galeria Magdiel. Get some historical perspective at Plaza San Juan de Dios and Camaguey Centro. Change things up with a short trip to Sharks Friends Dive Center in Playa Santa Lucia (about 1h 55 min away). The adventure continues: view the masterpieces at Martha Jimenez's Studio Workshop, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Nuestra Senora del Carmen, see the interesting displays at Museo Provincial General Ignacio Agramonte, and stroll around Casino Campestre.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Camaguey online travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Cayo Guillermo to Camaguey takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. February in Camaguey sees daily highs of 84°F and lows of 65°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Holguin.

Things to do in Camaguey

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Parks

Side Trip

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 Bahia de Naranjo Nature Park and Hill of the Cross (Loma de la Cruz). Get in touch with nature at Cayo Saetia Island and Playa Esmeralda. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Holguin: Guardalavaca (Las Guanas Eco-Archaeologic Trail & Guardalavaca Flea Market) and Bateria de Fernando VII (in Gibara). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Guardalavaca Beach, take in the dramatic scenery at Guayabo Falls, kick back and relax at Playa Pesquero, and walk around Parque Calixto Garcia.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Holguin trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Camaguey to Holguin in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in February, and nighttime lows around 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to drive to Santiago de Cuba.

Things to do in Holguin

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Santiago de Cuba

— 5 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.
Castillo de San Pedro de la Roca and Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption will appeal to history buffs. Step off the beaten path and head to Cementerio Santa Ifigenia and El Cobre Basilica. Venture out of the city with trips to Basilica de la Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre (in El Cobre) and Salto del Guayabo (in Julio Antonio Mella). There's much more to do: get to know the fascinating history of La Gran Piedra (The Big Rock), take an in-depth tour of Casa de Diego Velazquez, steep yourself in history at Moncada Barracks, and examine the collection at Emilio Bacardi Moreau Museum.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Santiago de Cuba trip planner.

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 84°F during the day and 69°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Varadero.

Things to do in Santiago de Cuba

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Varadero

— 6 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.
Visit Cueva de Ambrosio and Cardenas Cathedral for their historical value. Take a break from the city and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Varadero Golf Club. Venture out of the city with trips to Matanzas (Catedral de San Carlos Borromeo, Puente de Bacunayagua, &more). Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Santa Elvira, go for a stroll along the water at Plaza Las Morlas, stroll around Josone Park, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Delfinario.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Varadero trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Santiago de Cuba to Varadero in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Traveling from Santiago de Cuba in February, plan for a bit cooler nights in Varadero, with lows around 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Cayo Largo.

Things to do in Varadero

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Playa Paraiso and Sirena Beach. Discover out-of-the-way places like Sea Turtle Hatchery and Punta Mal Tiempo.

For traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Cayo Largo holiday maker website.

Fly from Varadero to Cayo Largo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Varadero in February, expect a bit warmer with lows of 68°F in Cayo Largo. You will leave for home on the 1st (Wed).

Things to do in Cayo Largo

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · 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.