8 days in Cuba Itinerary

8 days in Cuba Itinerary

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8 days in Cuba Itinerary

Start: Halifax
Fly:  15 h 30 min
1
Santiago de Cuba
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h 45 min
2
Havana
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
3
Varadero
— 3 nights
Fly + Bus:  8 h
End: Halifax

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.
On the 8th (Sun), step into the grandiose world of Castillo de San Pedro de la Roca, take an in-depth tour of Casa de Diego Velazquez, steep yourself in history at Moncada Barracks, make a trip to La Alameda, then stroll the grounds of Cementerio Santa Ifigenia, and finally stroll around Cespedes Park.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Santiago de Cuba day trip planning website.

Halifax, Canada to Santiago de Cuba is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Atlantic Standard Time to Cuba Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Halifax in March, with highs in Santiago de Cuba at 34°C and lows at 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Havana.

Things to do in Santiago de Cuba

Parks Historic Sites Museums
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Cespedes Park ©
Cespedes Park
Cementerio Santa Ifigenia ©
Cementerio Santa Ifigenia
Castillo de San Pedro de la Roca ©
Castillo de San Pedro de la Roca

2
nights
Havana

Havana ©
Cuba's capital and major commercial center, Havana manages to be very old and very modern at the same time.
On the 9th (Mon), contemplate the long history of Old Square (Plaza Vieja), make a trip to Plaza de la Catedral, then make a trip to Plaza de Armas, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Malecón of Havana, and finally grab your bike and head to CicloCuba. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Tue): pause for some photo ops at Neptune Statue, then steep yourself in history at Plaza de San Francisco, then explore the world behind art at Museu Nacional de Belas Artes de Cuba, and finally make a trip to Old Havana.

To see other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Havana journey planning tool.

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 March, Havana is a bit cooler at night with lows of 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Varadero.

Things to do in Havana

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Plaza de la Catedral ©
Plaza de la Catedral
Malecón of Havana ©
Malecón of Havana
Old Havana ©
Old Havana

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.
Explore Varadero's surroundings by going to Matanzas (Valle Canimar, Pharmaceutical Museum, &more). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Varadero Beach, get advice or help at Convention Center Plaza America, Head underground at Cueva de Saturno, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Delfinario.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Varadero trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Havana to Varadero takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of train and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in March, and nighttime lows around 19°C. On the 14th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Varadero

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Matanzas
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Varadero Beach ©
Varadero Beach
Cueva de Saturno ©
Cueva de Saturno
Josone Park ©
Josone Park

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