26 days in Cuba Itinerary

26 days in Cuba Itinerary

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Havana
— 3 nights
Drive
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Vinales
— 1 night
Shuttle
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Pinar del Rio
— 1 night
Drive
4
Playa Larga
— 1 night
Drive
5
Playa Giron
— 1 night
Drive
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Cienfuegos
— 1 night
Drive
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Trinidad
— 1 night
Drive
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Santiago de Cuba
— 4 nights
Drive
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Baracoa
— 3 nights
Drive
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Camaguey
— 1 night
Drive
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Santa Clara
— 2 nights
Drive
12
Remedios
— 1 night
Drive
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Varadero
— 3 nights
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Havana

— 3 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, steep yourself in history at Old Square (Plaza Vieja), and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To see more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Havana online holiday builder.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Havana is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Israel Standard Time to Cuba Standard Time, which is usually a -7 hour difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Tel Aviv in January: high temperatures in Havana hover around 30°C and lows are around 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Vinales.

Things to do in Havana

Historic Sites · Tours · Museums

Vinales

— 1 night
Offering a taste of authentic rural life, Vinales remains a small agricultural town, dominated by surrounding low mountain ranges.
On the 19th (Sun), Head underground at Cuevas de Santo Tomas, then don't miss a visit to Mural de la Prehistoria, then explore the fascinating underground world of Palenque de los Cimarrones, and finally admire the verdant scenery at Valle de Vinales. On your second day here, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia del Sagrado Corazon de Jesus and then head off the coast to Cayo Levisa.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Vinales online holiday planner.

Getting from Havana to Vinales by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: 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. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a shuttle to Pinar del Rio.

Things to do in Vinales

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Pinar del Rio

— 1 night
Pinar del Río is a Cuban city, capital of Pinar del Río Province. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): steep yourself in history at La Catedral de Pinar del Rio (Catedral de San Rosendo) and then experience rural life at Alejandro Robaina Tobacco Plantation.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Pinar del Rio online visit planner.

Traveling by shuttle from Vinales to Pinar del Rio takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to drive to Playa Larga.

Things to do in Pinar del Rio

Historic Sites

Playa Larga

— 1 night
On the 21st (Tue), look for all kinds of wild species at Criadero De Cocodrilos, walk around Cueva de los Peces, and then kick back and relax at Playa Larga.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Playa Larga attractions planner.

Getting from Pinar del Rio to Playa Larga by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. January in Playa Larga sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 22°C at night. On the 22nd (Wed), you're off to Playa Giron.

Things to do in Playa Larga

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Wildlife

Playa Giron

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): kick back and relax at Caleta Buena and then examine the collection at Museo Giron.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Playa Giron road trip tool.

You can drive from Playa Larga to Playa Giron in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Cienfuegos.

Things to do in Playa Giron

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Museums

Cienfuegos

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): admire the sheer force of El Nicho Waterfalls, go for a walk through Malecon de Cienfuegos, then make a trip to Parque Jose Marti, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Palacio de Valle.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Cienfuegos online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Playa Giron to Cienfuegos takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Cienfuegos can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to drive to Trinidad.

Things to do in Cienfuegos

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Trinidad

— 1 night
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 24th (Fri), contemplate the long history of Valle de los Ingenios, enjoy the sand and surf at Ancon Beach, see the interesting displays at Colonial Architecture Museum, then examine the collection at Romance Museum, and finally don't miss a visit to Plaza Mayor. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Trinidad de Cuba.

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You can drive from Cienfuegos to Trinidad in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Cienfuegos in January, Trinidad is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Santiago de Cuba.

Things to do in Trinidad

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Beaches

Side Trip

Santiago de Cuba

— 4 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Santiago de Cuba: El Cobre Basilica (in El Cobre) and Cayo Saetia Island (in Holguin). There's lots more to do: stroll the grounds of Cementerio Santa Ifigenia, see the interesting displays at Emilio Bacardi Moreau Museum, get to know the fascinating history of La Gran Piedra (The Big Rock), and contemplate the long history of Moncada Barracks.

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You can drive from Trinidad to Santiago de Cuba in 9 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, train, and flight; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Santiago de Cuba when traveling from Trinidad in January, with lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Baracoa.

Things to do in Santiago de Cuba

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Baracoa

— 3 nights
Baracoa is a municipality and city in Guantánamo Province near the eastern tip of Cuba. Step out of Baracoa to go to Guantanamo and see Canon del Rio Yumuri, which is approximately 34 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: head outdoors with El Yunque, kick back and relax at Maguana Beach, examine the collection at Museo Municipal del Fuerte Matachin, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Blanca.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Baracoa road trip planning website.

Drive from Santiago de Cuba to Baracoa in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Camaguey.

Things to do in Baracoa

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Museums

Side Trip

Camaguey

— 1 night
Camaguey encompasses the central section of Cuba and remains largely agricultural, its economy dependent on small-scale cattle raising and fruit production.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): steep yourself in history at Plaza San Juan de Dios, take in the exciting artwork at Martha Jimenez's Studio Workshop, then admire the architecture and history at Plaza del Carmen, then contemplate the long history of Iglesia Nuestra Señora De La Merced, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Camaguey Centro.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Camaguey trip website.

Drive from Baracoa to Camaguey in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of bus and train. In February in Camaguey, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Santa Clara.

Things to do in Camaguey

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums

Santa Clara

— 2 nights
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.
On the 3rd (Mon), identify plant and animal life at Loma del Capiro, pause for some photo ops at Monumento a la Toma del Tren Blindado, then stroll around Parque Leoncio Vidal, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Santa Clara de Asis. On the next day, make a trip to Teatro La Caridad, get engrossed in the history at Museo de Artes Decorativas, make a trip to Statue of Che Guevara Holding a Child, then pause for some photo ops at Che Guevara Mausoleum, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Israeli Cemetery of the Hebrew Community of Santa Clara.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Santa Clara online trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Camaguey to Santa Clara in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in February, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can drive to Remedios.

Things to do in Santa Clara

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Museums

Remedios

— 1 night
Remedios, also known as San Juan de los Remedios, is a city and municipality located 3mi from the northern coast of Cuba, in the center of the island. For more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Remedios trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from Santa Clara to Remedios takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. February in Remedios sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 19°C at night. You will leave for Varadero on the 5th (Wed).

Things to do in Remedios

Museums · Historic Sites

Varadero

— 3 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.
Explore Varadero's surroundings by going to Matanzas (Cuevas de Bellamar & Pharmaceutical Museum). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Varadero Beach, stroll around Josone Park, don't miss a visit to Cueva de Ambrosio, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Delfinario.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Varadero trip itinerary website.

Traveling by car from Remedios to Varadero takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In February in Varadero, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Varadero

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Golf

Side Trip

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.