8 days in Cuba Itinerary

8 days in Cuba Itinerary

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8 days in Cuba Itinerary

Start: San Jose
Fly:  6 h
1
Havana
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
2
Cienfuegos
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
3
Varadero
— 2 nights
Bus:  3 h 30 min
4
Havana
— 1 night
Fly:  7 h
End: San Jose

2
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 Havana Cathedral, Fort San Salvador (Castillo De San Salvador De La Punta), Revolution Plaza, and other attractions you added. On the 25th (Mon), steep yourself in history at Fort San Salvador (Castillo De San Salvador De La Punta), make a trip to Paseo del Prado, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Havana Cathedral, and finally make a trip to Revolution Plaza. On the 26th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get to know the fascinating history of El Malecon, contemplate the long history of Castillo de San Carlos de la Cabana, take an in-depth tour of Museum of the Revolution (Museo de la Revolucion), then don't miss a visit to Plaza de Armas, then don't miss a visit to El Capitolio, and finally experience the emotional art of opera at Gran Teatro de La Habana.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Havana itinerary builder.

San Jose, Costa Rica to Havana is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from San Jose to Havana is 1 hour. In December in Havana, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Cienfuegos.

Things to do in Havana

Historic Sites Museums Nightlife
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Old Havana ©
Old Havana
Malecón of Havana ©
Malecón of Havana
Old Square (Plaza Vieja) ©
Old Square (Plaza Vieja)

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Parque Jose Marti. Start off your visit on the 27th (Wed): make a trip to Parque Jose Marti. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Thu): admire the sheer force of El Nicho Waterfalls, explore the activities along Guanaroca Lagoon, take a stroll through Punta Gorda, then admire the striking features of Palacio de Valle, and finally admire all the interesting features of Estadio 5 de Septiembre.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Cienfuegos vacation planner.

Getting from Havana to Cienfuegos by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. December in Cienfuegos sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Varadero.

Things to do in Cienfuegos

Parks Nature Beaches
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Rancho Luna Beach ©
Rancho Luna Beach
Parque Jose Marti ©
Parque Jose Marti
Punta Gorda ©
Punta Gorda

2
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.
Keep things going the next day: browse the eclectic array of goods at Varadero Street Market, examine the collection at House of Rum, kick back and relax at Varadero Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Josone Park, and finally steep yourself in history at Ambrosio Cave.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Varadero trip builder.

Getting from Cienfuegos to Varadero by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. December in Varadero sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) to allow time to drive to Havana.

Things to do in Varadero

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Cayos Blancos
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Varadero Beach ©
Varadero Beach
Cayos Blancos ©
Cayos Blancos
Coral Beach - Playa Coral ©
Coral Beach - Playa Coral

1
night
Havana

Havana ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Castillo de la Real Fuerza, Callejon de Hamel and Plaza de la Catedral. On the 31st (Sun), wander the streets of Callejon de Hamel and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Central Park.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Havana trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Varadero to Havana in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. On the 1st (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Havana

Parks Neighborhoods Historic Sites
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Plaza de la Catedral ©
Plaza de la Catedral
Castillo de la Real Fuerza ©
Castillo de la Real Fuerza
Callejon de Hamel ©
Callejon de Hamel

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