60 days in Cuba Itinerary

60 days in Cuba Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Cuba tour planner

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Varadero
— 7 nights
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Vinales
— 4 nights
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Cienfuegos
— 5 nights
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Trinidad
— 8 nights
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Camaguey
— 5 nights
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Holguin
— 6 nights
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Santiago de Cuba
— 8 nights
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Havana
— 16 nights
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Varadero

— 7 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.
Popular historic sites such as Cueva de Ambrosio and Iglesia Santa Elvira are in your itinerary. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Pharmaceutical Museum and Museo Municipal Varadero. Get out of town with these interesting Varadero side-trips: Matanzas (Palmar de Junco, Cuevas de Bellamar, &more) and Cardenas Cathedral (in Cardenas). There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Varahicacos Ecological Reserve, go for a stroll along the water at Plaza Las Morlas, examine the collection at Museo Casa Natal de Jose Antonio Echeverria, and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Varadero trip planner.

Vancouver, Canada to Varadero is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3 hours traveling from Vancouver to Varadero. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Vancouver in December, with highs in Varadero at 32°C and lows at 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Vinales.

Things to do in Varadero

Outdoors · Parks · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 15 — 22:

Vinales

— 4 nights
Offering a taste of authentic rural life, Vinales remains a small agricultural town, dominated by surrounding low mountain ranges.
You'll get in some beach time at Cayo Jutias and Punta Mal Tiempo. Get in touch with nature at Sea Turtle Hatchery and Horseback Riding Tours. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Vinales: Cueva de los Portales (in San Diego de los Banos) and La Catedral de Pinar del Rio (Catedral de San Rosendo) (in Pinar del Rio). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, explore the fascinating underground world of Cueva de la Vaca, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Botanico de Vinales, and pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia del Sagrado Corazon de Jesus.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Vinales tour itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Varadero to Vinales in 4.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Cienfuegos.

Things to do in Vinales

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 22 — 26:

Cienfuegos

— 5 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.
Visit Rancho Luna Beach and Playa Larga for some beach relaxation. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Palacio de Valle and Guanaroca Lagoon. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cienfuegos: Santa Clara (Monumento a la Toma del Tren Blindado, Parque Leoncio Vidal, &more), Remedios (Museo de Agroindustria Azucarera & Iglesia de San Juan Batista) and Museo Giron (in Playa Giron). And it doesn't end there: admire the landmark architecture of Museo de las Artes Palacio Ferrer, take in the exciting artwork at CasaHuella, appreciate the history behind Estatua de Benny More, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Delfinario de Cienfuegos.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Cienfuegos trip itinerary maker site.

Drive from Vinales to Cienfuegos in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. December in Cienfuegos sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can go by car to Trinidad.

Things to do in Cienfuegos

Parks · Museums · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 26 — 31:

Trinidad

— 8 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.
Gio's Cuba Photo Tours has been added to your itinerary. Discover out-of-the-way places like Topes de Collantes and Iznaga Tower. Convento de San Francisco de Asis and Church of the Holy Trinity will appeal to history buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Trinidad: Museo de Arte Cubano (in Topes de Collantes) and Sancti Spiritus (Iglesia Parroquial Mayor del Espiritu Santo & Puente Yayabo). Next up on the itinerary: shop like a local with YuditVidalFaife, get engrossed in the history at Guanuhaya Archaeology Museum, see the interesting displays at Museo de Historia Municipal, and steep yourself in history at Ruinas de Ingenio San Isidro de los Destiladeros.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Trinidad trip itinerary website.

Getting from Cienfuegos to Trinidad by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Trinidad can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can go by car to Camaguey.

Things to do in Trinidad

Parks · Museums · Nature · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 8:

Camaguey

— 5 nights
Camaguey encompasses the central section of Cuba and remains largely agricultural, its economy dependent on small-scale cattle raising and fruit production.
For shopping fun, head to Martha Jimenez's Studio Workshop or Estudio Galeria Magdiel. Get a sense of the local culture at Plaza del Carmen and Iglesia Catedral de Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Camaguey: Ciego de Avila (Parque Marti, Museo Provincial Simon Reyes, &more). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Plaza San Juan de Dios, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de Santa Ana, steep yourself in history at Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de la Soledad, and pause for some photo ops at Camaguey Centro.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Camaguey trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Trinidad to Camaguey takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Camaguey when traveling from Trinidad in January, with lows around 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can go by car to Holguin.

Things to do in Camaguey

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 8 — 13:

Holguin

— 6 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Cayo Saetia Island and Bahia de Naranjo Nature Park. Cementerio aborigen de Chorro de Maita and Bateria de Fernando VII will appeal to history buffs. Explore Holguin's surroundings by going to Gibara (Museo de Historia Natural & Playa Caletones), Bayamo (Casa Natal De Carlos Manuel De Cespedes & Travel in the Eastern Cuba) and Guardalavaca Flea Market (in Guardalavaca). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Playa Esmeralda, make a trip to Conjunto Historico de Biran, stroll around BioParque Rocazul, and get great views at Hill of the Cross (Loma de la Cruz).

For traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Holguin trip maker website.

You can drive from Camaguey to Holguin in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in January, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can go by car to Santiago de Cuba.

Things to do in Holguin

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 13 — 19:

Santiago de Cuba

— 8 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption and El Cobre Basilica. Castillo de San Pedro de la Roca and Basilica de la Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre will appeal to history buffs. Explore Santiago de Cuba's surroundings by going to Guantanamo (Palacio Salcines & Catedral de Santa Catalina de Ricci). And it doesn't end there: stroll the grounds of Cementerio Santa Ifigenia, stroll around Cespedes Park, take a memorable drive along La Gran Piedra (The Big Rock), and identify plant and animal life at Parque Nacional de Baconao.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Santiago de Cuba itinerary planner.

You can drive from Holguin to Santiago de Cuba in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Santiago de Cuba are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to travel to Havana.

Things to do in Santiago de Cuba

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 19 — 27:

Havana

— 16 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.
We've included these beaches for you: Santa Maria del Mar and Playa de Jibacoa. Get outdoors at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Gran Parque Metropolitano Parque. Change things up with these side-trips from Havana: Jardines de Hershey (in Jibacoa), Soroa (Salto de Sorao & Soroa Orchid Botanical Garden) and Las Terrazas (Banos del San Juan, Las Terrazas Complex, &more). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Taquechel Pharmacy Museum, hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, visit Vedado, and steep yourself in history at Palacio De Los Capitanes Generales.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Havana vacation planning app.

Fly from Santiago de Cuba to Havana in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Santiago de Cuba in January, expect slightly colder with lows of 19°C in Havana. On the 12th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Havana

Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 27 — Feb 12:

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.