28 days in Cuba Itinerary

28 days in Cuba Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Cuba trip itinerary planner

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Fly
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Varadero
— 4 nights
Fly
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Cayo Largo
— 3 nights
Bus
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Trinidad
— 4 nights
Drive
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Cayo Santa Maria
— 1 night
Drive
5
Cayo Guillermo
— 3 nights
Drive
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Holguin
— 3 nights
Fly to Havana, Bus to Vinales
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Vinales
— 3 nights
Drive
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Havana
— 6 nights
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Varadero

— 4 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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Varadero: Matanzas (Club ScubAzul, Ermita de Monserrate, &more). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Varadero Beach, stroll around Josone Park, make a trip to Parque Central, and stroll through Cayos Blancos.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Varadero itinerary maker tool.

Dallas, USA to Varadero is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Cuba Standard Time is 1 hour. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Dallas in April: high temperatures in Varadero hover around 87°F and lows are around 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Cayo Largo.

Things to do in Varadero

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trip

Cayo Largo

— 3 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.
On the 29th (Thu), enjoy a perfect day by the water at Playa Paraiso. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Sirena Beach, head off the coast to Cayo Rico, kick back and relax at Punta Mal Tiempo, and look for all kinds of wild species at El Torreon Nursery.

To see maps and other tourist information, you can read our Cayo Largo road trip planner.

You can fly from Varadero to Cayo Largo in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in April, and nighttime lows around 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to take a bus to Trinidad.

Things to do in Cayo Largo

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Wildlife

Trinidad

— 4 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Trinidad: Santa Clara (Museo de Artes Decorativas, Statue of Che Guevara Holding a Child, &more) and Cienfuegos (Punta Gorda, Parque Jose Marti, &more). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Ancon Beach, take in the awesome beauty at Topes de Collantes, make a trip to Plaza Mayor, and get a dose of the wild on Trinidad Sightseeing.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Trinidad holiday site.

Traveling by bus from Cayo Largo to Trinidad takes 4.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 89°F in May, and nighttime lows around 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Cayo Santa Maria.

Things to do in Trinidad

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cayo Santa Maria

— 1 night
An island off Cuba's north central coast, Cayo Santa Maria has become known for its long sandy beaches and all inclusive resorts.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Thu): stroll through Playa de las Gaviotas, then identify plant and animal life at Acuario-Delfinario Cayo Santa Maria, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Cayo Santa Maria.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Cayo Santa Maria vacation tool.

Getting from Trinidad to Cayo Santa Maria by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. In May in Cayo Santa Maria, expect temperatures between 86°F during the day and 73°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Cayo Guillermo.

Things to do in Cayo Santa Maria

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Wildlife

Cayo Guillermo

— 3 nights
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Cayo Coco (Birdwatching with Paulino Lopez Delgado & Acuavida Spa Talaso). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Playa Pilar, step off the mainland to explore Cayo Media Luna, stroll through Cayo Guillermo, and take a tour by water with Delfinario.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Cayo Guillermo trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Cayo Santa Maria to Cayo Guillermo takes 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in May, and nighttime lows around 73°F. You'll have a few hours on the 9th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Holguin.

Things to do in Cayo Guillermo

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Holguin

— 3 nights

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.
Step out of Holguin to go to Gibara and see Cueva de los Panaderos, which is approximately 50 minutes away. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Guardalavaca Beach, don't miss a visit to Plaza de La Marqueta, identify plant and animal life at Bahia de Naranjo Nature Park, and take some stellar pictures from Hill of the Cross (Loma de la Cruz).

To find reviews and tourist information, go to the Holguin day trip 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 May, daily temperatures in Holguin can reach 89°F, while at night they dip to 70°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can travel to Vinales.

Things to do in Holguin

Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

Vinales

— 3 nights
Offering a taste of authentic rural life, Vinales remains a small agricultural town, dominated by surrounding low mountain ranges.
Go for a jaunt from Vinales to Minas de Matahambre to see Cayo Jutias about 56 minutes away. There's still lots to do: admire the verdant scenery at Valle de Vinales, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, explore the fascinating underground world of Palenque de los Cimarrones, and head off the coast to Cayo Levisa.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Vinales visit planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Holguin to Vinales in 7.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In May in Vinales, expect temperatures between 88°F during the day and 71°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Havana.

Things to do in Vinales

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Nature

Side Trips

Havana

— 6 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.
You've now added Monumento a Jose Miguel Gomez to your itinerary. And it doesn't end there: appreciate the extensive heritage of Malecón of Havana, make a trip to El Capitolio, steep yourself in history at El Morro, and surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Havana online road trip planner.

Drive from Vinales to Havana in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In May in Havana, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 69°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Havana

Historic Sites · Tours · Museums · Wildlife

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.