60 days in Cuba Itinerary

60 days in Cuba Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Vancouver
Fly:  9 h 45 min
1
Varadero
— 7 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
2
Vinales
— 4 nights
Drive:  5 h 15 min
3
Cienfuegos
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
4
Trinidad
— 8 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
5
Camaguey
— 5 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
6
Holguin
— 6 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
7
Santiago de Cuba
— 8 nights
Fly:  2 h 45 min
8
Havana
— 16 nights
Fly:  12 h 15 min
End: Vancouver

7
nights
Varadero

Varadero ©
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 Palmar de Junco 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 (Cuevas de Bellamar, Parque de la Libertad, &more) and Cardenas (Crab Monument & Cardenas Cathedral). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Coral Beach - Playa Coral, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Santa Elvira, hunt for treasures at Varadero Street Market, and take in the exciting artwork at Taller de Ceramica Artistica.

For more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Varadero road trip planner.

Vancouver, Canada to Varadero is an approximately 13- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Vancouver to Varadero, you'll lose 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Vancouver in December: high temperatures in Varadero hover around 32°C and lows are around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Vinales.

Things to do in Varadero

Outdoors Museums Parks

Side Trips

Matanzas, Cardenas
Find places to stay Dec 15 — 22:
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Coral Beach - Playa Coral ©
Coral Beach - Playa Coral
Cueva de Ambrosio ©
Cueva de Ambrosio
Varahicacos Ecological Reserve ©
Varahicacos Ecological Reserve

4
nights
Vinales

Vinales ©
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 Cueva de la Vaca. 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 Palenque de los Cimarrones, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Botanico de Vinales.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Vinales day trip planner.

Drive from Varadero to Vinales in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Vinales are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can drive to Cienfuegos.

Things to do in Vinales

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Cayo Largo, Cayo Jutias, Cueva de los Portales, La Catedral de Pinar del Rio (Catedral de San Rosendo)
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 26:
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Sea Turtle Hatchery ©
Sea Turtle Hatchery
Punta Mal Tiempo ©
Punta Mal Tiempo
Cayo Jutias ©
Cayo Jutias

5
nights
Cienfuegos

Cienfuegos ©
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 Iglesia de San Juan Batista. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cienfuegos: Museo de Agroindustria Azucarera (in Remedios), Santa Clara (Monumento a la Toma del Tren Blindado, Parque Leoncio Vidal, &more) and Museo Giron (in Playa Giron). There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Guanaroca Lagoon, take in the exciting artwork at CasaHuella, shop like a local with Torres Art Studio, and go for a walk through Malecon de Cienfuegos.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Cienfuegos online vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Vinales to Cienfuegos takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In December in Cienfuegos, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) to allow time to drive to Trinidad.

Things to do in Cienfuegos

Parks Museums Beaches

Side Trips

Santa Clara, Remedios, Playa Larga, Museo Giron
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 31:
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Palacio de Valle ©
Palacio de Valle
Iglesia de San Juan Batista ©
Iglesia de San Juan Batista
Museo de Agroindustria Azucarera ©
Museo de Agroindustria Azucarera

8
nights
Trinidad

Trinidad ©
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 Salto del Caburni. 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: Sancti Spiritus (Iglesia Parroquial Mayor del Espiritu Santo & Puente Yayabo) and Museo de Arte Cubano (in Topes de Collantes). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Ruinas de Ingenio San Isidro de los Destiladeros, view the masterpieces at Galeria Boca 253, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa La Boca, and see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional de la Lucha Contra Bandidos.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Trinidad trip itinerary maker site.

Getting from Cienfuegos to Trinidad by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a shuttle. In December, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to drive to Camaguey.

Things to do in Trinidad

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Sancti Spiritus, Topes de Collantes, San Luis Valley
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 8:
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Gio's Cuba Photo Tours ©
Gio's Cuba Photo Tours
Topes de Collantes ©
Topes de Collantes
Convento de San Francisco de Asis ©
Convento de San Francisco de Asis

5
nights
Camaguey

Camaguey ©
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 de Nuestra Senora de la Soledad. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Camaguey: Ciego de Avila (Parque Marti, Museo Provincial Simon Reyes, &more). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Plaza San Juan de Dios, see the interesting displays at Museo Provincial General Ignacio Agramonte, steep yourself in history at Iglesia Catedral de Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Camaguey Centro.

For more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Camaguey road trip planning tool.

You can drive from Trinidad to Camaguey in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Trinidad in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Camaguey, with lows of 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Holguin.

Things to do in Camaguey

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Ciego de Avila
Find places to stay Jan 8 — 13:
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Plaza San Juan de Dios ©
Plaza San Juan de Dios
Plaza del Carmen ©
Plaza del Carmen
Camaguey Centro ©
Camaguey Centro

6
nights
Holguin

Holguin ©
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Playa Esmeralda and Bahia de Naranjo Nature Park. Do some cultural sightseeing at Cementerio aborigen de Chorro de Maita and Casa Natal De Carlos Manuel De Cespedes. Get out of town with these interesting Holguin side-trips: Travel in the Eastern Cuba (in Bayamo), Guardalavaca Flea Market (in Guardalavaca) and Gibara (Museo de Historia Natural, Playa Caletones, &more). And it doesn't end there: step off the mainland to explore Cayo Saetia Island, stop by Fabrica de Organos, don't miss a visit to Conjunto Historico de Biran, and stroll around Parque Calixto Garcia.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Holguin trip planner.

Getting from Camaguey to Holguin by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. January in Holguin sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Santiago de Cuba.

Things to do in Holguin

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Gibara, Bayamo, Cementerio aborigen de Chorro de Maita, Fabrica de Organos, Guardalavaca Flea Market
Find places to stay Jan 13 — 19:
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Playa Esmeralda ©
Playa Esmeralda
Bahia de Naranjo Nature Park ©
Bahia de Naranjo Nature Park
Cayo Saetia Island ©
Cayo Saetia Island

8
nights
Santiago de Cuba

Santiago de Cuba ©
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 Castillo de San Pedro de la Roca and El Cobre Basilica. Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption and Catedral de Santa Catalina de Ricci will appeal to history buffs. Explore Santiago de Cuba's surroundings by going to Palacio Salcines (in Guantanamo) and Basilica de la Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre (in El Cobre). The adventure continues: take a memorable drive along La Gran Piedra (The Big Rock), examine the collection at La Isabelica Museum, enjoy the sand and surf at Siboney Beach, and brush up on your military savvy at Museo del Carnaval.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Santiago de Cuba online travel planner.

Traveling by car from Holguin to Santiago de Cuba takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. January in Santiago de Cuba sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Havana.

Things to do in Santiago de Cuba

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Guantanamo, El Cobre, La Isabelica Museum, First Coffee Plantations in the Southeast of Cuba
Find places to stay Jan 19 — 27:
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Castillo de San Pedro de la Roca ©
Castillo de San Pedro de la Roca
El Cobre Basilica ©
El Cobre Basilica
Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption ©
Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption

16
nights
Havana

Havana ©
Cuba's capital and major commercial center, Havana manages to be very old and very modern at the same time.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Museo Napoleonico. Head to Fototeca de Cuba and El Ojo del Ciclonfor some retail therapy. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Havana: Playa de Jibacoa (in Santa Cruz del Norte), Las Terrazas (Banos del San Juan, Las Terrazas Complex, &more) and Soroa (Salto de Sorao & Soroa Orchid Botanical Garden). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Palacio De Los Capitanes Generales, see the interesting displays at Museo del Chocolate, make a trip to Camera Obscura, and take a stroll through Central Havana.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Havana day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Santiago de Cuba to Havana takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Santiago de Cuba in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Havana, with lows of 19°C. 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

Side Trips

Las Terrazas, Soroa, Playa de Jibacoa, Jardines de Hershey, San Francisco de Paula Church (Antigua Iglesia De San Francisco De Paula)
Find places to stay Jan 27 — Feb 12:
Highlights from your plan
Museo Napoleonico ©
Museo Napoleonico
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Palacio De Los Capitanes Generales ©
Palacio De Los Capitanes Generales

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