30 days in Cuba Itinerary

30 days in Cuba Itinerary

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30 days in Cuba Itinerary

Start: Kotor
Fly:  21​h 15​min
1
Varadero
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Cienfuegos
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
3
Trinidad
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Cayo Santa Maria
— Few hours
Drive:  4​h
5
Cayo Guillermo
— 1 night
+3
taxi + train + taxi + Fly:  2​h
6
Havana
— 10 nights
taxi + Fly:  2​h
7
Cayo Largo
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
8
Holguin
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
9
Santiago de Cuba
— 3 nights
Fly:  20​h 45​min
End: Kotor

5
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like House of Rum and Ambrosio Cave. You'll get in some beach time at Varadero Beach and Cayo Blanco. Change things up with these side-trips from Varadero: Matanzas (Pharmaceutical Museum & Bellamar Caves). There's lots more to do: browse the eclectic array of goods at Varadero Street Market, stroll through Josone Park, Head underground at Saturno Cave, and kick back and relax at Coral Beach.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Varadero itinerary planner.

Kotor, Montenegro to Varadero is an approximately 23.5-hour combination of car and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Kotor to Varadero is minus 6 hours. Traveling from Kotor in December, things will get warmer in Varadero: highs are around 32°C and lows about 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can go by car to Cienfuegos.

Things to do in Varadero

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Matanzas
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Varadero Beach ©
Varadero Beach
Cayo Blanco ©
Cayo Blanco
Saturno Cave ©
Saturno Cave

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): take in the dramatic scenery at El Nicho Waterfalls, explore the different monuments and memorials at Tomas Acea Cemetery, and then don't miss a visit to Parque Jose Marti. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Rancho Luna Beach, take a stroll through Punta Gorda, and then steep yourself in history at Palacio de Valle.

For traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Cienfuegos online itinerary creator.

Getting from Varadero to Cienfuegos by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. December in Cienfuegos sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) to allow time to take a bus to Trinidad.

Things to do in Cienfuegos

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites
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El Nicho Waterfalls ©
El Nicho Waterfalls
Parque Jose Marti ©
Parque Jose Marti
Punta Gorda ©
Punta Gorda

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Valle de los Ingenios and then stroll through Ancon Beach. On the next day, see the interesting displays at Romance Museum, make a trip to Trinidad de Cuba, then don't miss a visit to Plaza Mayor, and finally see the interesting displays at Museo de Historia Municipal.

For photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Trinidad trip builder.

You can take a bus from Cienfuegos to Trinidad in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or drive. In December in Trinidad, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can drive to Cayo Santa Maria.

Things to do in Trinidad

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Trinidad de Cuba
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Valle de los Ingenios ©
Valle de los Ingenios
Ancon Beach ©
Ancon Beach
Plaza Mayor ©
Plaza Mayor

few
hours
Cayo Santa Maria

Cayo Santa Maria ©
An island off Cuba's north central coast, Cayo Santa Maria has become known for its long sandy beaches and all inclusive resorts.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): buy something for everyone on your list at Plaza La Estrella.

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Cayo Santa Maria travel itinerary creator.

Traveling by car from Trinidad to Cayo Santa Maria takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, daytime highs in Cayo Santa Maria are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Cayo Guillermo.

Things to do in Cayo Santa Maria

Shopping
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Plaza La Estrella ©
Plaza La Estrella

1
night
Cayo Guillermo

Cayo Guillermo
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 15th (Thu), kick back and relax at Cayo Guillermo and then kick back and relax at Playa Pilar.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Cayo Guillermo trip generator.

You can drive from Cayo Santa Maria to Cayo Guillermo in 4 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Cayo Santa Maria in December, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Cayo Guillermo, with lows around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to travel to Havana.

Things to do in Cayo Guillermo

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Playa Pilar
Playa Pilar
Cayo Guillermo ©
Cayo Guillermo

10
nights
Havana

Havana ©
Cuba's capital and major commercial center, Havana manages to be very old and very modern at the same time.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Museum of the Revolution (Museo de la Revolucion) and Museo del Ron Havana Club. You'll get in some beach time at Playas de Este and Santa Maria del Mar (Santa Maria Beach). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of El Morro, explore the different monuments and memorials at Christopher Columbus Cemetery (Cemetario de Colon), get to know the fascinating history of El Malecon, and don't miss a visit to Old Havana.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Havana trip itinerary maker.

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Cayo Guillermo to Havana in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Cayo Guillermo in December, plan for slightly colder nights in Havana, with lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Cayo Largo.

Things to do in Havana

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Old Havana ©
Old Havana
El Malecon ©
El Malecon
Old Square (Plaza Vieja) ©
Old Square (Plaza Vieja)

3
nights
Cayo Largo

Cayo Largo ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Guanahacabibes Peninsula and then enjoy the sand and surf at Cayo Jutias. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Hacienda Cortina and then step off the mainland to explore Cayo Levisa.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Cayo Largo trip builder.

Traveling by car from Havana to Cayo Largo takes 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Holguin.

Things to do in Cayo Largo

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Pinar del Rio Province, Hacienda Cortina, Cayo Jutias
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Cayo Jutias ©
Cayo Jutias
Cayo Levisa ©
Cayo Levisa
Guanahacabibes Peninsula ©
Guanahacabibes Peninsula

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Thu): browse the eclectic array of goods at Guardalavaca Flea Market, enjoy the sand and surf at Guardalavaca Beach, and then take an in-depth tour of Museo Provincial La Periquera. On the 30th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get great views at Hill of the Cross (Loma de la Cruz), look for all kinds of wild species at Bahia de Naranjo Nature Park, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Esmeralda.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Holguin trip planner.

Traveling by car from Cayo Largo to Holguin takes 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. December in Holguin sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Santiago de Cuba.

Things to do in Holguin

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Guardalavaca Flea Market
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Guardalavaca Beach ©
Guardalavaca Beach
Playa Esmeralda ©
Playa Esmeralda
Bahia de Naranjo Nature Park ©
Bahia de Naranjo Nature Park

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Sat): explore the different monuments and memorials at Cementerio Santa Ifigenia, contemplate the long history of Moncada Barracks, don't miss a visit to Casa Museo Granjita de Siboney, then step off the mainland to explore Granma Island (Cayo Granma), and finally take an in-depth tour of Casa de Diego Velazquez. On the next day, kick back and relax at Siboney Beach, pause for some serene contemplation at El Cobre Basilica, and then step into the grandiose world of San Pedro de la Roca del Morro Castle.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Santiago de Cuba trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Holguin to Santiago de Cuba takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Santiago de Cuba are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. On the 2nd (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Santiago de Cuba

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

El Cobre Basilica
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Siboney Beach ©
Siboney Beach
Cementerio Santa Ifigenia ©
Cementerio Santa Ifigenia
Castillo de San Pedro de la Roca ©

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