8 days in Havana & Varadero Itinerary

8 days in Havana & Varadero Itinerary

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8 days in Havana & Varadero Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  6 h 30 min
1
Havana
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h
2
Varadero
— 3 nights
Fly:  6 h 45 min
End: Toronto

4
nights
Havana

Havana ©
Cuba's capital and major commercial center, Havana manages to be very old and very modern at the same time.
Visiting Sea Turtle Hatchery and Playa de Jibacoa will get you outdoors. Explore hidden gems such as Palacio De Los Capitanes Generales and Nature & Wildlife Tours. When in Havana, make a side trip to see Playa Mal Tiempo in Cayo Largo, approximately 2 hours away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Church and Convent of St. Francis of Asisi, contemplate the long history of Castillo de la Real Fuerza, walk around Central Park, and see the interesting displays at Museo Napoleonico.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Havana journey planner.

Toronto, Canada to Havana is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. Traveling from Toronto in December, things will get warmer in Havana: highs are around 32°C and lows about 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can drive to Varadero.

Things to do in Havana

Outdoors Parks Museums

Side Trips

Cayo Largo, Playa de Jibacoa
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Sea Turtle Hatchery ©
Sea Turtle Hatchery
Nature & Wildlife Tours

3
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Varahicacos Ecological Reserve and Varadero Golf Club. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Cueva de Ambrosio and Cardenas Cathedral. Explore Varadero's surroundings by going to Matanzas (Pharmaceutical Museum & Cuevas de Bellamar). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Mi Casa Beatles, don't miss a visit to Parque Central, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cayos Blancos, and look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Varadero trip planning site .

You can drive from Havana to Varadero in 2 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of train and taxi. December in Varadero sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Varadero

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Matanzas, Cardenas Cathedral
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Varadero Golf Club ©
Varadero Golf Club
Cueva de Ambrosio ©
Cueva de Ambrosio
Varahicacos Ecological Reserve ©
Varahicacos Ecological Reserve

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