9 days in Cuba Itinerary

9 days in Cuba Itinerary

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9 days in Cuba Itinerary

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

4
nights
Havana

Havana ©
Cuba's capital and major commercial center, Havana manages to be very old and very modern at the same time.
Visit Malecón of Havana and El Morro for their historical value. Appreciate the collections at Museum of the Revolution (Museo de la Revolucion) and Fototeca de Cuba. When in Havana, make a side trip to see Pharmaceutical Museum in Matanzas, approximately 1h 40 min away. The adventure continues: get to know the fascinating history of Old Havana, contemplate the long history of Castillo de la Real Fuerza, admire the masterpieces at Museu Nacional de Belas Artes de Cuba, and make a trip to Plaza de la Catedral.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Havana trip itinerary maker app .

San Francisco, USA to Havana is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Cuba Standard Time (CST) is 3 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in February: high temperatures in Havana hover around 81°F and lows are around 61°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can travel to Cayo Largo.

Things to do in Havana

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Pharmaceutical Museum
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Old Havana ©
Old Havana
Malecón of Havana ©
Malecón of Havana
Old Square (Plaza Vieja) ©
Old Square (Plaza Vieja)

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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Thu): admire the verdant scenery at Valle de Vinales and then stroll through Playa Paraiso. On the next day, identify plant and animal life at Sea Turtle Hatchery, then kick back and relax at Sirena Beach, and then kick back and relax at Playa Mal Tiempo.

To find photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Cayo Largo online vacation builder .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Havana to Cayo Largo in 1.5 hours. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Havana in February since evenings lows in Cayo Largo dip to 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Trinidad.

Things to do in Cayo Largo

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Valle de Vinales
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Playa Paraiso ©
Playa Paraiso
Valle de Vinales ©
Valle de Vinales
Sirena Beach ©
Sirena Beach

1
night
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.
On the 8th (Sat), kick back and relax at Ancon Beach, make a trip to Plaza Mayor, then examine the collection at Museo de Historia Municipal, and finally steep yourself in history at Valle de los Ingenios.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Trinidad trip itinerary builder tool .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Cayo Largo to Trinidad. In February in Trinidad, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 65°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Varadero.

Things to do in Trinidad

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife
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Ancon Beach ©
Ancon Beach
Plaza Mayor ©
Plaza Mayor
Valle de los Ingenios ©
Valle de los Ingenios

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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): explore the fascinating underground world of Cueva de Saturno and then stroll through Varadero Beach.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Varadero day trip website .

Drive from Trinidad to Varadero in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in February, and nighttime lows around 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Varadero

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Varadero Beach ©
Varadero Beach
Cueva de Saturno ©
Cueva de Saturno

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