9 days in Cuba Itinerary

9 days in Cuba Itinerary

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9 days in Cuba Itinerary

Start: Dublin
Fly:  15 h
1
Havana
— 5 nights
Taxi + Fly:  1 h 15 min
2
Cayo Largo
— 1 night
Fly:  2 h 30 min
3
Varadero
— 1 night
Fly:  16 h
End: Dublin

5
nights
Havana

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 Museum of the Revolution (Museo de la Revolucion) and El Morro. Popular historic sites such as El Malecon and Christopher Columbus Cemetery (Cemetario de Colon) are in your itinerary. There's lots more to do: look for gifts at Almacenes San Jose, tour the pleasant surroundings at Santa Maria del Mar (Santa Maria Beach), make a trip to Plaza de Armas, and contemplate the long history of Castillo de San Carlos de la Cabana.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Havana vacation builder.

Dublin, Ireland to Havana is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Cuba Standard Time (CST) is minus 5 hours. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Dublin in August: high temperatures in Havana hover around 38°C and lows are around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Cayo Largo.

Things to do in Havana

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

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 3rd (Sun): stroll through Sirena Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Paraiso.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Cayo Largo sightseeing planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Havana to Cayo Largo takes 1.5 hours. In September in Cayo Largo, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Varadero.

Things to do in Cayo Largo

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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Playa Paraiso ©
Playa Paraiso
Sirena Beach ©
Sirena Beach

1
night
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.
On the 4th (Mon), admire nature's wide array of creatures at Delfinario, kick back and relax at Cayo Blanco, and then contemplate the long history of Ambrosio Cave. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Tue): hunt for treasures at Varadero Street Market, enjoy the sand and surf at Coral Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Varadero Beach.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Varadero itinerary planner.

Getting from Cayo Largo to Varadero by flight takes about 2.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

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

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