25 days in Cuba Itinerary

25 days in Cuba Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Cuba route planner

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Cayo Largo
— 2 nights
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Playa Ancon
— 1 night
Drive
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Trinidad
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Cienfuegos
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Santa Clara
— 1 night
Drive
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Cayo Coco
— 1 night
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Cayo Guillermo
— 1 night
Drive
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Holguin
— 1 night
Drive
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Santiago de Cuba
— 2 nights
Drive
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Baracoa
— 1 night
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11
Havana
— 4 nights
Drive
12
Vinales
— 1 night
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13
Matanzas
— 2 nights
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Cardenas
— 1 night
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Varadero
— 2 nights
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Cayo Largo

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Paraiso and then identify plant and animal life at El Torreon Nursery. Keep things going the next day: head off the coast to Cayo Rico, then look for all kinds of wild species at Sea Turtle Hatchery, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Sirena Beach.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Cayo Largo online trip itinerary builder.

Ljubljana, Slovenia to Cayo Largo is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Cuba Standard Time is minus 6 hours. Traveling from Ljubljana in December, expect Cayo Largo to be warmer, temps between 32°C and 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Playa Ancon.

Things to do in Cayo Largo

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Playa Ancon

— 1 night
On the 21st (Sat), kick back and relax at Playa Maria Aguilar.

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Explore your travel options from Cayo Largo to Playa Ancon with the Route module. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in December, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Trinidad.

Things to do in Playa Ancon

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches
Highlights from your trip

Trinidad

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Topes de Collantes, examine the collection at Romance Museum, don't miss a visit to Plaza Mayor, then stroll through Ancon Beach, and finally view the masterpieces at Galerie D'Art Calleyro. On the next day, make a trip to Trinidad de Cuba, contemplate the long history of Valle de los Ingenios, and then see the interesting displays at Museo de Historia Municipal.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Trinidad online sightseeing planner.

Trinidad is just a short distance from Playa Ancon. In December in Trinidad, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to drive to Cienfuegos.

Things to do in Trinidad

Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cienfuegos

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): admire the sheer force of El Nicho Waterfalls, then stop by La Fernandina, then take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Santiago Hermes, and finally don't miss a visit to Parque Jose Marti. On the 25th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: wander the streets of Punta Gorda, admire the landmark architecture of Palacio de Valle, and then explore the historical opulence of Jagua Castle.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Cienfuegos day trip app.

You can drive from Trinidad to Cienfuegos in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. December in Cienfuegos sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 22°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Santa Clara.

Things to do in Cienfuegos

Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Parks

Santa Clara

— 1 night
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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): appreciate the history behind Monumento a la Toma del Tren Blindado, appreciate the history behind Statue of Che Guevara Holding a Child, don't miss a visit to Teatro La Caridad, then pause for some photo ops at Che Guevara Mausoleum, and finally stroll the grounds of Israeli Cemetery of the Hebrew Community of Santa Clara.

To find reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Santa Clara trip planner.

You can drive from Cienfuegos to Santa Clara in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Santa Clara are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Cayo Coco.

Things to do in Santa Clara

Historic Sites

Cayo Coco

— 1 night
White sand beaches and calm waters have led to booming tourism in Cayo Coco, one of the main islands of the Jardines Del Rey archipelago.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): get your game on at Rocarena Climbing Center and then identify plant and animal life at Birdwatching with Paulino Lopez Delgado.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Cayo Coco attractions planner.

You can drive from Santa Clara to Cayo Coco in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Santa Clara in December, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Cayo Coco, with lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Cayo Guillermo.

Things to do in Cayo Coco

Wildlife · Parks · Fun & Games

Cayo Guillermo

— 1 night
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 28th (Sat): step off the mainland to explore Cayo Media Luna, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Cayo Guillermo, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Pilar.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Cayo Guillermo journey builder site.

Cayo Guillermo is very close to Cayo Coco. In December, daily temperatures in Cayo Guillermo can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Holguin.

Things to do in Cayo Guillermo

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Holguin

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): kick back and relax at Playa Esmeralda, kick back and relax at Guardalavaca Beach, then don't miss a visit to Plaza de La Marqueta, and finally get behind the scenes at Fabrica de Organos.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Holguin trip itinerary 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 December, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Santiago de Cuba.

Things to do in Holguin

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Tours

Side Trip

Santiago de Cuba

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): take an in-depth tour of Casa de Diego Velazquez, steep yourself in history at Moncada Barracks, explore the different monuments and memorials at Cementerio Santa Ifigenia, walk around Cespedes Park, then don't miss a visit to Casa Museo Granjita de Siboney, and finally step into the grandiose world of Castillo de San Pedro de la Roca. Here are some ideas for day two: take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin de los Helechos, then wander the wide-open spaces of Rancho El Dajao, and then take an unorthodox tour of Cobre.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Santiago de Cuba route 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 December, daily temperatures in Santiago de Cuba can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Baracoa.

Things to do in Santiago de Cuba

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Baracoa

— 1 night
Baracoa is a municipality and city in Guantánamo Province near the eastern tip of Cuba. Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): stroll through Maguana Beach, head outdoors with El Yunque, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catedral de Nuestra Senora de la Asuncion.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Baracoa online tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Santiago de Cuba to Baracoa in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel to Havana.

Things to do in Baracoa

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

Havana

— 4 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.
Havana is known for historic sites, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: appreciate the extensive heritage of Malecón of Havana, don't miss a visit to Old Havana, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and explore the world behind art at Museu Nacional de Belas Artes de Cuba.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Havana trip tool.

Getting from Baracoa to Havana by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in January, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to drive to Vinales.

Things to do in Havana

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Parks

Vinales

— 1 night
Offering a taste of authentic rural life, Vinales remains a small agricultural town, dominated by surrounding low mountain ranges.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): admire the verdant scenery at Valle de Vinales, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia del Sagrado Corazon de Jesus, then Head underground at Cuevas de Santo Tomas, and finally make a trip to Mural de la Prehistoria.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Vinales online trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Havana to Vinales in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Vinales can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can go by car to Matanzas.

Things to do in Vinales

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Matanzas

— 2 nights

City of Bridges

Though located near a popular tourist resort, Matanzas remains a relatively small town with a strong cultural heritage.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): examine the collection at Pharmaceutical Museum, then take in the views from Puente de Bacunayagua, and then kick back and relax at Cayos Blancos. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Afroatenas Callejon de las Tradiciones, head outdoors with Parque de la Libertad, then take in the exciting artwork at Lolo Galeria-Taller, and finally Head underground at Cuevas de Bellamar.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Matanzas trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by car from Vinales to Matanzas takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Cardenas.

Things to do in Matanzas

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Cardenas

— 1 night
Cárdenas, Calle Calzada Cárdenas is a municipality and city in the Matanzas Province of Cuba, about 116km by air east of Havana. Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): take an in-depth tour of Museo Oscar Maria de Rojas, then make a trip to Cardenas City, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cardenas Cathedral.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Cardenas trip planner.

You can drive from Matanzas to Cardenas in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In January in Cardenas, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can go by car to Varadero.

Things to do in Cardenas

Museums · Historic Sites

Varadero

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): meet the residents at Delfinario, then walk around Josone Park, then kick back and relax at Varadero Beach, and finally see the interesting displays at House of Rum.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Varadero day trip planner.

You can drive from Cardenas to Varadero in an hour. In January, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Varadero

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

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.