9 days in Cuba Itinerary

9 days in Cuba Itinerary

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9 days in Cuba Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  11​h 45​min
1
Varadero
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
2
Trinidad
— 2 nights
+4
Bus + Foot + Bus + Foot + Fly:  3​h 15​min
3
Cayo Largo
— 2 nights
Fly + Taxi:  1​h 15​min
4
Havana
— 2 nights
Fly:  10​h 30​min
End: San Francisco

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sun): kick back and relax at Varadero Beach, kick back and relax at Coral Beach - Playa Coral, and then admire the masterpieces at Mi Casa Beatles. On your second day here, delve into the distant past at Cueva de Ambrosio, look for all kinds of wild species at Varahicacos Ecological Reserve, then explore the fascinating underground world of Cuevas de Bellamar, then see the interesting displays at Pharmaceutical Museum, and finally get outside with Parque de la Libertad.

For traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Varadero day trip planning app .

San Francisco, USA to Varadero is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. You'll lose 3 hours traveling from San Francisco to Varadero due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from San Francisco in May; daily highs in Varadero reach 87°F and lows reach 68°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Trinidad.

Things to do in Varadero

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Matanzas
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Varadero Beach ©
Varadero Beach
Cueva de Ambrosio ©
Cueva de Ambrosio
Varahicacos Ecological Reserve ©
Varahicacos Ecological Reserve

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Parque el Cubano, see the interesting displays at Museo de Historia Municipal, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Convento de San Francisco de Asis, and finally kick back and relax at Ancon Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Topes de Collantes, then take in panoramic vistas at Iznaga Tower, then take in the exciting artwork at Lazaro Niebla Gallery, and finally steep yourself in history at Ruinas de Ingenio San Isidro de los Destiladeros.

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Drive from Varadero to Trinidad in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Trinidad can reach 89°F, while at night they dip to 72°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to travel to Cayo Largo.

Things to do in Trinidad

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Topes de Collantes
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Convento de San Francisco de Asis ©
Convento de San Francisco de Asis
Topes de Collantes ©
Topes de Collantes
Parque el Cubano ©
Parque el Cubano

2
nights
Cayo Largo

Cayo Largo ©
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 (Thu), look for all kinds of wild species at Sea Turtle Hatchery and then kick back and relax at Playa Paraiso. On the 29th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback and then kick back and relax at Playa Mal Tiempo.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Cayo Largo route builder tool .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Trinidad to Cayo Largo. In May, daytime highs in Cayo Largo are 86°F, while nighttime lows are 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Havana.

Things to do in Cayo Largo

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Horseback Riding Tours
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Sea Turtle Hatchery ©
Sea Turtle Hatchery
Playa Paraiso ©
Playa Paraiso
Horseback Riding Tours

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 30th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Museum of the Revolution (Museo de la Revolucion), make a trip to Malecón of Havana, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Church and Convent of St. Francis of Asisi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Sun): explore the world behind art at Museu Nacional de Belas Artes de Cuba, contemplate the long history of Castillo de la Real Fuerza, and then make a trip to Old Square (Plaza Vieja).

For where to stay and more tourist information, you can read our Havana trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Cayo Largo to Havana in 1.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Havana can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Havana

Museums Historic Sites
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Old Square (Plaza Vieja) ©
Old Square (Plaza Vieja)
Malecón of Havana ©
Malecón of Havana

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