24 days in Cuba Itinerary

24 days in Cuba Itinerary

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24 days in Cuba Itinerary

Start: Calgary
Fly:  10​h
1
Varadero
— 3 nights
Drive:  7​h
2
Cayo Guillermo
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
3
Cayo Coco
— 1 night
taxi + train:  3​h
4
Camaguey
— 3 nights
5
Santiago de Cuba
— 2 nights
train + taxi:  3​h 30​min
6
Baracoa
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
7
Holguin
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
8
Santa Clara
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
9
Playa Larga
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
10
Havana
— 3 nights
Fly:  11​h
End: Calgary

3
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 day-by-day itinerary now includes La Cueva del Pirata, Saturno Cave and Sala de La Musica La Marina. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Taller de Ceramica Artistica and Mi Casa Beatles. Visit Varadero Beach and Coral Beach for some beach relaxation. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iglesia Santa Elvira, make a trip to Parque Central, get a taste of the local shopping with Artecru, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Cayo Blanco.

To find photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Varadero trip itinerary planner.

Calgary, Canada to Varadero is an approximately 10-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Calgary to Varadero is 2 hours. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Calgary in September: high temperatures in Varadero hover around 37°C and lows are around 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can go by car to Cayo Guillermo.

Things to do in Varadero

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Cayos Blancos
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Varadero Beach ©
Varadero Beach
Iglesia Santa Elvira ©
Iglesia Santa Elvira
Cayos Blancos ©
Cayos Blancos

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Cayo Guillermo.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Cayo Guillermo trip builder .

Traveling by car from Varadero to Cayo Guillermo takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. September in Cayo Guillermo sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can drive to Cayo Coco.

Things to do in Cayo Guillermo

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

1
night
Cayo Coco

Cayo Coco
White sand beaches and calm waters have led to booming tourism in Cayo Coco, one of the main islands of the Jardines Del Rey archipelago.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Acuavida Spa Talaso, La Cueva Del Jabali and Melia Cayo Coco Diving Center. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): see some colorful creatures with Melia Cayo Coco Diving Center and then hob nob with the locals at La Cueva Del Jabali. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna La Redonda and then indulge in some personalized pampering at Acuavida Spa Talaso.

To find photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Cayo Coco trip itinerary planning app .

Cayo Coco is just a short distance from Cayo Guillermo. September in Cayo Coco sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to travel to Camaguey.

Things to do in Cayo Coco

Nightlife Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Laguna La Redonda
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3
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.
Teatro Principal has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): make a trip to Plaza de los Trabajadores, then kick back and relax at Coco Beach, and then add some entertainment to your itinerary with Teatro Principal. On the next day, savor the flavors at Mercado Agropecuario El Rio, take in the history at Plaza del Carmen, and then view the masterpieces at Casa de Arte Jover.

To find where to stay and tourist information, refer to the Camaguey journey maker website .

You can do a combination of taxi and train from Cayo Coco to Camaguey in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in September, and nighttime lows around 26°C. You'll set off for Santiago de Cuba on the 14th (Sat).

Things to do in Camaguey

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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Coco Beach ©
Coco Beach
Plaza del Carmen ©
Plaza del Carmen

2
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Viajes Vintage. On the 14th (Sat), pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica de la Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Sun): kick back and relax at Playa El Verraco, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Cementerio Santa Ifigenia, and then join in the after-dark buzz at Viajes Vintage.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Santiago de Cuba online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Camaguey to Santiago de Cuba takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Santiago de Cuba are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel to Baracoa.

Things to do in Santiago de Cuba

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Basilica de la Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre
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Siboney Beach ©
Siboney Beach
Cementerio Santa Ifigenia ©
Cementerio Santa Ifigenia

2
nights
Baracoa

Baracoa ©
Baracoa is a municipality and city in Guantánamo Province near the eastern tip of Cuba. Casa de la Trova has been added to your itinerary. On the 17th (Tue), see the interesting displays at Museo Arqueologico la Cueva Del Paraiso, then kick back and relax at Maguana Beach, and then add some entertainment to your itinerary with Casa de la Trova.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Baracoa trip itinerary builder tool .

Getting from Santiago de Cuba to Baracoa by combination of train and taxi takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Santiago de Cuba in September, plan for little chillier days in Baracoa, with highs around 30°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Holguin.

Things to do in Baracoa

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Maguana Beach ©
Maguana Beach
Museo Arqueologico la Cueva Del Paraiso ©

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Cabaret Nocturno, Guayabo Falls and Playa Esmeralda. On the 18th (Wed), don't miss a visit to Plaza de La Marqueta. On the next day, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Esmeralda, then hunt for treasures at Guardalavaca Flea Market, then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Blanca, and finally catch an entertaining show at Cabaret Nocturno.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Holguin trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Baracoa to Holguin takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Baracoa in September, you will find days in Holguin are a bit warmer (38°C), and nights are a bit cooler (26°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Santa Clara.

Things to do in Holguin

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Playa Blanca, Guardalavaca Flea Market
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Playa Esmeralda ©
Playa Esmeralda
Cabaret Nocturno ©
Cabaret Nocturno
Plaza de La Marqueta ©
Plaza de La Marqueta

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nights
Santa Clara

Santa Clara ©
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.
You've added Parque Leoncio Vidal, Bar Cafe 4k, Punta Gorda, and other attractions to your itinerary. On the 21st (Sat), tour the pleasant surroundings at Rancho Luna Beach, wander the streets of Punta Gorda, then stroll around Parque Leoncio Vidal, and finally raise your glass at Bar Cafe 4k.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Santa Clara planning website .

Traveling by flight from Holguin to Santa Clara takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in September, and nighttime lows around 25°C. You will leave for Playa Larga on the 22nd (Sun).

Things to do in Santa Clara

Parks Nightlife Beaches

Side Trip

Cienfuegos
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Rancho Luna Beach ©
Rancho Luna Beach
Punta Gorda ©
Punta Gorda
Bar Cafe 4k ©
Bar Cafe 4k

1
night
Playa Larga

Playa Larga ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Bay of Pigs as well as Criadero De Cocodrilos. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Criadero De Cocodrilos and then steep yourself in history at Bay of Pigs. On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Larga and then stroll around Cueva de los Peces.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Playa Larga trip tool .

Traveling by car from Santa Clara to Playa Larga takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In September in Playa Larga, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Havana.

Things to do in Playa Larga

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Bay of Pigs
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Bay of Pigs ©
Bay of Pigs
Cueva de los Peces ©
Cueva de los Peces
Criadero De Cocodrilos ©
Criadero De Cocodrilos

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nights
Havana

Havana ©
Cuba's capital and major commercial center, Havana manages to be very old and very modern at the same time.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Playas de Este as well as Strawberry Tours. Visit El Malecon and Palacio De Los Capitanes Generales for their historical value. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Old Havana and Vedado. Step out of Havana with an excursion to Playa de Jibacoa in Santa Cruz del Norte--about 1h 15 min away. There's much more to do: make a trip to Old Square (Plaza Vieja), wander the streets of Central Havana, and take in the exciting artwork at Yuniel Delgado Studio.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Havana itinerary planning website .

Traveling by car from Playa Larga to Havana takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September in Havana, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Havana

Historic Sites Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Playa de Jibacoa
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Old Havana ©
Old Havana
El Malecon ©
El Malecon
Palacio De Los Capitanes Generales ©
Palacio De Los Capitanes Generales

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