12 days in Cuba Itinerary

12 days in Cuba Itinerary

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Fly
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Havana
— 1 night
Drive
2
Varadero
— 2 nights
Fly
3
Cayo Largo
— 3 nights
Bus
4
Trinidad
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Cayo Guillermo
— 1 night
Drive
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Holguin
— 2 nights
Fly

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Havana

Rome of the Caribbean

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 11th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Plaza de San Francisco, make a trip to Old Square (Plaza Vieja), then don't miss a visit to Plaza de la Catedral, then admire the striking features of Havana Cathedral, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Malecón of Havana.

For traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Havana tour itinerary planning tool.

Belo Horizonte, Brazil to Havana is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Brasilia Standard Time (BRT) to Cuba Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Belo Horizonte in February, things will get a bit cooler in Havana: highs are around 32°C and lows about 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Varadero.

Things to do in Havana

Historic Sites

2
nights
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 12th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Varahicacos Ecological Reserve, then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Santa Elvira, then explore the fascinating underground world of Cueva de Saturno, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Cuevas de Bellamar. Here are some ideas for day two: tee off at Varadero Golf Club, then explore the ancient world of Cueva de Ambrosio, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Varadero Beach.

To find reviews and other tourist information, refer to the Varadero trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from Havana to Varadero takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of train and taxi. In February in Varadero, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to travel to Cayo Largo.

Things to do in Varadero

Parks · Outdoors · Golf · Nature

Side Trip

3
nights
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Sea Turtle Hatchery and Horseback Riding Tours. Relax by the water at Playa Paraiso and Sirena Beach. Step out of Cayo Largo with an excursion to Valle de Vinales in Vinales--about 1 hour away. There's more to do: stroll through Punta Mal Tiempo.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Cayo Largo trip itinerary site.

Fly from Varadero to Cayo Largo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Varadero in February, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 23°C in Cayo Largo. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can take a bus to Trinidad.

Things to do in Cayo Largo

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Tours

Side Trip

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Wed): view the masterpieces at Galerie D'Art Calleyro, admire the sheer force of Salto del Caburni, then look for all kinds of wild species at Topes de Collantes, then examine the collection at Romance Museum, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Ancon Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Iznaga Tower, then don't miss a visit to Plaza Mayor, then see the interesting displays at Museo de Historia Municipal, and finally don't miss a visit to Trinidad de Cuba.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Trinidad trip planner.

Getting from Cayo Largo to Trinidad by bus takes about 4.5 hours. In February, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can drive to Cayo Guillermo.

Things to do in Trinidad

Parks · Nature · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

1
night
Cayo Guillermo

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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Fri): head off the coast to Cayo Media Luna, kick back and relax at Cayo Guillermo, and then kick back and relax at Playa Pilar.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Cayo Guillermo itinerary planner.

You can drive from Trinidad to Cayo Guillermo in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, train, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. In February, daytime highs in Cayo Guillermo are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Holguin.

Things to do in Cayo Guillermo

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

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nights
Holguin

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.
On the 20th (Sat), stroll through Guardalavaca Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Esmeralda, and then identify plant and animal life at Bahia de Naranjo Nature Park.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Holguin holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Cayo Guillermo to Holguin takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In February, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Holguin

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Cuba travel guide

4.3
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.