36 days in Cuba Itinerary

36 days in Cuba Itinerary

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Havana
— 7 nights
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Vinales
— 2 nights
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Varadero
— 4 nights
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Cayo Largo
— 3 nights
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Cienfuegos
— 3 nights
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Trinidad
— 4 nights
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Santa Clara
— 1 night
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Cayo Santa Maria
— 1 night
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Cayo Guillermo
— 2 nights
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Holguin
— 4 nights
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Santiago de Cuba
— 4 nights
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Havana

— 7 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, explore the world behind art at Museu Nacional de Belas Artes de Cuba, take an in-depth tour of Museum of the Revolution (Museo de la Revolucion), and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Havana tour itinerary planning app.

San Francisco, USA to Havana is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You'll lose 3 hours traveling from San Francisco to Havana due to the time zone difference. In January, Havana is somewhat warmer than San Francisco - with highs of 79°F and lows of 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Vinales.

Things to do in Havana

Find places to stay Jan 13 — 20:

Vinales

— 2 nights
Offering a taste of authentic rural life, Vinales remains a small agricultural town, dominated by surrounding low mountain ranges.
On the 21st (Thu), take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, appreciate the views at Valle de Vinales, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia del Sagrado Corazon de Jesus. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Mural de la Prehistoria, explore the fascinating underground world of Cuevas de Santo Tomas, and then admire the natural beauty at Jardin Botanico de Vinales.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Vinales visit website.

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 80°F, while at night they dip to 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can drive to Varadero.

Things to do in Vinales

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 20 — 22:

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Matanzas (Club ScubAzul, Cuartel de Bomberos de Matanzas, &more). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Varadero Beach, contemplate the long history of Cueva de Ambrosio, examine the collection at House of Rum, and identify plant and animal life at Varahicacos Ecological Reserve.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Varadero day trip planning app.

Drive from Vinales to Varadero in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Cayo Largo.

Things to do in Varadero

Parks · Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 22 — 26:

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 27th (Wed), enjoy a perfect day by the water at Playa Paraiso. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Sirena Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Punta Mal Tiempo, identify plant and animal life at El Torreon Nursery, and head off the coast to Cayo Rico.

For ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Cayo Largo vacation planner.

Getting from Varadero to Cayo Largo by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. January in Cayo Largo sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 67°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can take a bus to Cienfuegos.

Things to do in Cayo Largo

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jan 26 — 29:

Cienfuegos

— 3 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.
Cienfuegos is known for nature, beaches, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Parque Jose Marti, admire the striking features of Palacio de Valle, step into the grandiose world of Jagua Castle, and take in the exciting artwork at Poco Bonito.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Cienfuegos visit app.

Traveling by bus from Cayo Largo to Cienfuegos takes 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in January, and nighttime lows around 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) to allow time to drive to Trinidad.

Things to do in Cienfuegos

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Shopping
Find places to stay Jan 29 — Feb 1:

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.
Trinidad is known for beaches, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Plaza Mayor, surround yourself with nature on Trinidad Sightseeing, enjoy the sand and surf at Ancon Beach, and examine the collection at Romance Museum.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Trinidad day trip planning site.

Drive from Cienfuegos to Trinidad in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In February in Trinidad, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 65°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Santa Clara.

Things to do in Trinidad

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 1 — 5:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): pause for some photo ops at Monumento a la Toma del Tren Blindado, pause for some photo ops at Statue of Che Guevara Holding a Child, walk around Parque Leoncio Vidal, then pause for some photo ops at Che Guevara Mausoleum, and finally make a trip to Teatro La Caridad.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Santa Clara trip builder tool.

You can drive from Trinidad to Santa Clara in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in February, and nighttime lows around 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Cayo Santa Maria.

Things to do in Santa Clara

Parks
Find places to stay Feb 5 — 6:

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.
On the 7th (Sun), stroll through Playa Cayo Santa Maria, identify plant and animal life at Acuario-Delfinario Cayo Santa Maria, and then buy something for everyone on your list at Plaza La Estrella.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Cayo Santa Maria itinerary builder app.

You can drive from Santa Clara to Cayo Santa Maria in 2 hours. Traveling from Santa Clara in February, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 68°F in Cayo Santa Maria. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Cayo Guillermo.

Things to do in Cayo Santa Maria

Parks · Shopping · Beaches · Outdoors
Find places to stay Feb 6 — 7:

Cayo Guillermo

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Birdwatching with Paulino Lopez Delgado and then soothe aching muscles at Acuavida Spa Talaso. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Cayo Guillermo, get close to the beloved marine mammals with Delfinario, and then stroll through Playa Pilar.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Cayo Guillermo route planner.

You can travel from Cayo Santa Maria to Cayo Guillermo in 4 hours. In February, daytime highs in Cayo Guillermo are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 68°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Holguin.

Things to do in Cayo Guillermo

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 7 — 9:

Holguin

— 4 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Holguin side-trips: Bayamo (Paseo Bayames & Casa Natal De Carlos Manuel De Cespedes), Catedral Del Santisimo Salvador De Bayamo (in Manzanillo) and Cueva de los Panaderos (in Gibara). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Guardalavaca Beach, stroll through Playa Esmeralda, look for all kinds of wild species at Bahia de Naranjo Nature Park, and take some stellar pictures from Hill of the Cross (Loma de la Cruz).

For ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Holguin trip maker tool.

Getting from Cayo Guillermo to Holguin by car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. February in Holguin sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 66°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can drive to Santiago de Cuba.

Things to do in Holguin

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 9 — 13:

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Santiago de Cuba: El Cobre (Basilica de la Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre & El Cobre Basilica). There's much more to do: explore the different monuments and memorials at Cementerio Santa Ifigenia, see the interesting displays at Emilio Bacardi Moreau Museum, take an in-depth tour of Casa de Diego Velazquez, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Santiago de Cuba road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Holguin to Santiago de Cuba takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. February in Santiago de Cuba sees daily highs of 84°F and lows of 69°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Santiago de Cuba

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 13 — 17:

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.