12 days in Cuba Itinerary

12 days in Cuba Itinerary

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12 days in Cuba Itinerary

Start: Buffalo
Fly + Drive:  15 h 45 min
1
Cayo Largo
— 1 night
Fly:  2 h 45 min
2
Varadero
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h
3
Trinidad
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
4
Havana
— 4 nights
Fly:  9 h 30 min
End: Buffalo

1
night
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 13th (Fri): take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback and then admire the verdant scenery at Valle de Vinales. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Mal Tiempo, then look for all kinds of wild species at Sea Turtle Hatchery, then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Paraiso, and finally kick back and relax at Sirena Beach.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Cayo Largo trip builder website.

Buffalo, USA to Cayo Largo is an approximately 16-hour combination of flight and car. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Buffalo in March; daily highs in Cayo Largo reach 82°F and lows reach 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel to Varadero.

Things to do in Cayo Largo

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Vinales
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Sea Turtle Hatchery ©
Sea Turtle Hatchery
Valle de Vinales ©
Valle de Vinales
Horseback Riding Tours

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.
Get in touch with nature at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Cuevas de Bellamar. Do some cultural sightseeing at Mi Casa Beatles and Pharmaceutical Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Varadero side-trips: Matanzas (Ermita de Monserrate, Puente de Bacunayagua, &more). There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Varahicacos Ecological Reserve, tee off at Varadero Golf Club, kick back and relax at Coral Beach - Playa Coral, and stroll through Varadero Beach.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Varadero online attractions planner.

You can fly from Cayo Largo to Varadero in 3 hours. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Cayo Largo in March since evenings lows in Varadero dip to 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can drive to Trinidad.

Things to do in Varadero

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Matanzas
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Varadero Beach ©
Varadero Beach
Varahicacos Ecological Reserve ©
Varahicacos Ecological Reserve
Coral Beach - Playa Coral ©
Coral Beach - Playa Coral

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.
On the 18th (Wed), examine the collection at Museo de Historia Municipal, take in the awesome beauty at Topes de Collantes, then admire the sheer force of Salto del Caburni, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Convento de San Francisco de Asis, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Iznaga Tower. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Thu): make a trip to Ruinas de Ingenio San Isidro de los Destiladeros, make a trip to Trinidad de Cuba, enjoy the sand and surf at Ancon Beach, examine the collection at Colonial Architecture Museum, then see the interesting displays at Romance Museum, and finally make a trip to Plaza Mayor.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Trinidad holiday planner.

Drive from Varadero to Trinidad in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in March, and nighttime lows around 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can drive to Havana.

Things to do in Trinidad

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Trinidad de Cuba, Topes de Collantes
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Topes de Collantes ©
Topes de Collantes
Salto del Caburni ©
Salto del Caburni
Convento de San Francisco de Asis ©
Convento de San Francisco de Asis

4
nights
Havana

Cuba's capital and major commercial center, Havana manages to be very old and very modern at the same time.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Malecón of Havana and Church and Convent of St. Francis of Asisi. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Nature & Wildlife Tours and Central Havana. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Palacio De Los Capitanes Generales, see the interesting displays at Taquechel Pharmacy Museum, explore the world behind art at Museu Nacional de Belas Artes de Cuba, and take an in-depth tour of Museum of the Revolution (Museo de la Revolucion).

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Havana travel route builder site.

Getting from Trinidad to Havana by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Havana

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Palacio De Los Capitanes Generales ©
Palacio De Los Capitanes Generales

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