39 days in Cuba Itinerary

39 days in Cuba Itinerary

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Havana
— 8 nights
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Baracoa
— 2 nights
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Santiago de Cuba
— 4 nights
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Holguin
— 3 nights
Drive
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Camaguey
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cayo Guillermo
— 1 night
Drive
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Trinidad
— 4 nights
Drive
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Cienfuegos
— 4 nights
Drive
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Varadero
— 3 nights
Drive
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Cardenas
— 2 nights
Drive
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Vinales
— 3 nights
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Havana

— 8 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.
Get some historical perspective at Malecón of Havana and El Morro. Museum of the Revolution (Museo de la Revolucion) and Museo del Ron Havana Club will appeal to museum buffs. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Old Square (Plaza Vieja), make a trip to Plaza de Armas, appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Havana, and wander the streets of Christopher Columbus Cemetery (Cemetario de Colon).

For maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Havana day trip app.

Warsaw, Poland to Havana is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Cuba Standard Time, which is usually a -6 hour difference. Traveling from Warsaw in May, expect Havana to be a bit warmer, temps between 36°C and 24°C. You'll set off for Baracoa on the 10th (Fri).

Things to do in Havana

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Beaches

Baracoa

— 2 nights
Baracoa is a municipality and city in Guantánamo Province near the eastern tip of Cuba. To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Baracoa online trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Havana to Baracoa in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Santiago de Cuba.

Things to do in Baracoa

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

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.
Get some historical perspective at Castillo de San Pedro de la Roca and La Gran Piedra (The Big Rock). Do some cultural sightseeing at Casa de Diego Velazquez and El Cobre Basilica. Go for a jaunt from Santiago de Cuba to El Cobre to see Basilica de la Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre about 38 minutes away. There's lots more to do: stroll the grounds of Cementerio Santa Ifigenia, identify plant and animal life at Comandancia de la plata, don't miss a visit to La Alameda, and take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Ave del Paraiso.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Santiago de Cuba travel route builder.

Drive from Baracoa to Santiago de Cuba in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. May in Santiago de Cuba sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Holguin.

Things to do in Santiago de Cuba

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Wildlife

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Holguin: Cementerio aborigen de Chorro de Maita (in Banes) and Guardalavaca Flea Market (in Guardalavaca). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Guardalavaca Beach, head off the coast to Cayo Saetia Island, and look for all kinds of wild species at Bahia de Naranjo Nature Park.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Holguin online trip maker.

Drive from Santiago de Cuba to Holguin in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. May in Holguin sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 24°C at night. On the 19th (Sun), you'll travel to Camaguey.

Things to do in Holguin

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

Camaguey

— 2 nights
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 19th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Iglesia Nuestra Señora De La Merced.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Camaguey journey maker.

Traveling by car from Holguin to Camaguey takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May in Camaguey, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to drive to Cayo Guillermo.

Things to do in Camaguey

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Shopping

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.
On the 21st (Tue), get close to the beloved marine mammals with Delfinario, enjoy the sand and surf at Cayo Guillermo, and then head off the coast to Cayo Media Luna.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Cayo Guillermo journey builder.

You can drive from Camaguey to Cayo Guillermo in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. In May in Cayo Guillermo, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to drive to Trinidad.

Things to do in Cayo Guillermo

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

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.
Get some historical perspective at Valle de los Ingenios and Iglesia Parroquial Mayor del Espiritu Santo. You'll explore and learn at YuditVidalFaife and Galerie D'Art Calleyro. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Plaza Mayor, stroll through Playa Maria Aguilar, look for gifts at Casa del Alfarero, and examine the collection at Colonial Architecture Museum.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Trinidad journey maker site.

Traveling by car from Cayo Guillermo to Trinidad takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in May, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Cienfuegos.

Things to do in Trinidad

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Cienfuegos

— 4 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Parque Jose Marti and Poco Bonito. Visit Rancho Luna Beach and Caleta Buena for some beach relaxation. Get out of town with these interesting Cienfuegos side-trips: Santa Clara (Teatro La Caridad, Parque Leoncio Vidal, &more), Museo Giron (in Playa Giron) and Cueva de los Peces (in Playa Larga). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Palacio de Valle, view the masterpieces at CasaHuella Lisbet Studio, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Botanico de Cienfuegos, and take a stroll through Punta Gorda.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Cienfuegos travel route planner.

You can drive from Trinidad to Cienfuegos in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. May in Cienfuegos sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can go by car to Varadero.

Things to do in Cienfuegos

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Cueva de Ambrosio and Taller de Ceramica Artistica. You'll get in some beach time at Varadero Beach and Coral Beach - Playa Coral. Take a break from Varadero with a short trip to Puente de Bacunayagua in Matanzas, about 1h 10 min away. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Cayos Blancos, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iglesia Santa Elvira, don't miss a visit to Parque Central, and get outside with Cienaga de Zapata.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Varadero trip planner.

Getting from Cienfuegos to Varadero by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in May, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can drive to Cardenas.

Things to do in Varadero

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trip

Cardenas

— 2 nights
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 3rd (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Cardenas Cathedral and then don't miss a visit to Cardenas City.

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

Drive from Varadero to Cardenas in an hour. In June, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can go by car to Vinales.

Things to do in Cardenas

Historic Sites

Vinales

— 3 nights
Offering a taste of authentic rural life, Vinales remains a small agricultural town, dominated by surrounding low mountain ranges.
Get some cultural insight at Valle de Vinales and Iglesia del Sagrado Corazon de Jesus. Explore Vinales' surroundings by going to Hacienda Cortina (in San Diego de los Banos) and Cayo Jutias (in Minas de Matahambre). Next up on the itinerary: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, Head underground at Cueva de la Vaca, and take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Botanico de Vinales.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Vinales trip itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Cardenas to Vinales in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. June in Vinales sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. On the 7th (Fri), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Vinales

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

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.