19 days in Cuba Itinerary

19 days in Cuba Itinerary

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19 days in Cuba Itinerary

Start: Mexico City
Fly:  3 h 45 min
1
Havana
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
2
Vinales
— 2 nights
Drive:  5 h 15 min
3
Cienfuegos
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
4
Trinidad
— 3 nights
Taxi + Train:  8 h 30 min
5
Santiago de Cuba
— 2 nights
Train + Taxi:  8 h 30 min
6
Cayo Coco
— 3 nights
Drive:  6 h 45 min
7
Havana
— 2 nights
Fly:  14 h 15 min
End: Amsterdam

3
nights
Havana

Havana ©
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: Playa de Jibacoa and Santa Maria del Mar (Santa Maria Beach). Museum-lovers will get to explore Pharmaceutical Museum and Church and Convent of St. Francis of Asisi. Change things up with a short trip to Puente de Bacunayagua in Matanzas (about 1h 30 min away). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Palacio De Los Capitanes Generales, examine the collection at Taquechel Pharmacy Museum, take a stroll through Miramar, and stroll through Central Park.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Havana travel itinerary creator.

Mexico City, Mexico to Havana is an approximately 4-hour flight. Traveling from Mexico City to Havana, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Mexico City in December: high temperatures in Havana hover around 32°C and lows are around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to drive to Vinales.

Things to do in Havana

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Matanzas, Playa de Jibacoa
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Palacio De Los Capitanes Generales ©
Palacio De Los Capitanes Generales
Taquechel Pharmacy Museum ©
Taquechel Pharmacy Museum

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Vinales

Vinales ©
Offering a taste of authentic rural life, Vinales remains a small agricultural town, dominated by surrounding low mountain ranges.
On the 12th (Tue), appreciate the views at Valle de Vinales and then kick back and relax at Cayo Jutias. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Mural de la Prehistoria and then explore the fascinating underground world of Palenque de los Cimarrones.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Vinales trip builder.

Traveling by car from Havana to Vinales takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Cienfuegos.

Things to do in Vinales

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Cayo Jutias
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Cayo Jutias ©
Cayo Jutias
Palenque de los Cimarrones ©
Palenque de los Cimarrones
Mural de la Prehistoria ©
Mural de la Prehistoria

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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.
On the 14th (Thu), kick back and relax at Rancho Luna Beach, explore the activities along Guanaroca Lagoon, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de la Purisima Concepcion.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Cienfuegos travel itinerary creator.

Drive from Vinales to Cienfuegos in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to drive to Trinidad.

Things to do in Cienfuegos

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Rancho Luna Beach ©
Rancho Luna Beach
Guanaroca Lagoon ©
Guanaroca Lagoon
Catedral de la Purisima Concepcion ©
Catedral de la Purisima Concepcion

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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.
Visit Iglesia Parroquial Mayor del Espiritu Santo and Convento de San Francisco de Asis for their historical value. Let the collections at Romance Museum and Yudit Vidal Faife capture your imagination. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Trinidad Architecture Museum, don't miss a visit to Palenque de los Congos Reales, take in the exciting artwork at Galerie D'Art Calleyro, and kick back and relax at Ancon Beach.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Trinidad vacation builder.

Drive from Cienfuegos to Trinidad in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in December, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to travel to Santiago de Cuba.

Things to do in Trinidad

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

Sancti Spiritus
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Convento de San Francisco de Asis ©
Convento de San Francisco de Asis
Parque el Cubano ©
Parque el Cubano

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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.
Get a sense of the local culture at San Pedro de la Roca del Morro Castle and Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption. Step out of the city life by going to Granma Island (Cayo Granma) and Siboney Beach. The adventure continues: explore the different monuments and memorials at Cementerio Santa Ifigenia, don't miss a visit to Casa Museo Granjita de Siboney, contemplate the long history of Scalinata di Padre Pico, and learn about all things military at Museo de la Lucha Clandestina.

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

Traveling by combination of taxi and train from Trinidad to Santiago de Cuba takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. In December in Santiago de Cuba, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can travel to Cayo Coco.

Things to do in Santiago de Cuba

Parks Historic Sites Nature
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Castillo de San Pedro de la Roca ©
Castillo de San Pedro de la Roca
Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption ©
Cementerio Santa Ifigenia ©
Cementerio Santa Ifigenia

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Thu): head off the coast to Isla Media Luna and then stroll through Cayo Guillermo. On the next day, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then explore the activities along Laguna La Redonda.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Cayo Coco trip itinerary builder.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Santiago de Cuba to Cayo Coco in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. In December, daytime highs in Cayo Coco are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Havana.

Things to do in Cayo Coco

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Cayo Guillermo, Laguna La Redonda
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Cayo Media Luna ©
Cayo Media Luna
Cayo Guillermo ©
Cayo Guillermo

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Havana

Havana ©
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): stroll through Parque John Lennon and then take a stroll through Fusterlandia. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Museum of Decorative Arts, take a stroll through Vedado, then contemplate the long history of Fort San Salvador (Castillo De San Salvador De La Punta), and finally wander the streets of Calle Obispo.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Havana online itinerary creator.

Traveling by flight from Cayo Coco to Havana takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Traveling from Cayo Coco in December, expect little chillier with lows of 20°C in Havana. On the 25th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Havana

Neighborhoods Parks Historic Sites
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Fusterlandia ©
Fusterlandia
Vedado ©
Vedado

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