Cuba in two weeks: suggested itinerary

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I would like to start saying that Cuba was never part of my bucket list, it is one of these destinations that I never thought “I have to go”. I was having a chat with one of my friends, Veronica, you may have seen me mentioning her quite a few times by now, and she ask me if I wanted to go to Cuba.

“Cuba? It is not in my bucket list” I thought first but sometimes you just have to say yes. So I did. I started to feel so excited and now I can say that it didn´t dissapoint me. It is just beautiful. I didn´t expect Cuba to be like it actually is: full of contrast, full of colours, full of life.

So I embraced it with all my heart and all my soul.

Are you planning to go to Cuba but you are not sure where to go? Here you can find a suggested itinerary for two weeks:

1. La Havana (3 nights)

Note: Initially we where going to stay 2 nights but we had a problem with the rental car company, Cubacar, and we couldn´t pick our car up til the evening and it was too dark to drive.

2. Viñales (3 nights) and day trip to Cayo Levisa

3. Cienfuegos (1 night)

4. Trinidad (3 nights)

5. Cayo Coco (2 nights)

6. Santa Clara and back to La Havana (1 night)

If you ask me about the itinerary…

What I liked the most?

  • Viñales and Cayo Levisa
  • Trinidad
  • La Havana

What I liked the least?

  • Cienfuegos
  • Cayo Coco

What would I have done differently?

  • Rethinking the itinerary or considering a different mode of transport: I have to recognise that the itinerary was perhaps too tight for the time we had and I had the impression that we spent too much time driving rather than enjoying. The truth is that we were five people so the car was a very convenient way to move around and buses don´t give you the flexibility and freedom you can have with a rental car and the group was too big for a taxi colectivo, it would´ve had an impact on our budget.
  • Check the sunset time: we didn´t take that into account and it is a point to seriously consider if you are thinking of renting a car. The roads are not straight forward so you have to drive during the day when it´s not dark.
  • Skipped Cienfuegos: there is no much you can do there. It is true that it´s very characteristic and deserves a visit, but it´s not a must. You can instead spend one additional day at Trinidad and do a day trip or half a day trip to Cienfuegos. It´s was convenient because we needed to rest because it is a long trip from Viñales but it´s just 1 hour and 20 minutes drive to Trinidad, the next stop. It´s not that is half way from Viñales to Trinidad.
  • Skipped Cayo Coco: and spend more time around Viñales and visit Cayo Jutias instead or Maria La Gorda or both, I really loved this region and wouldn´t have minded to spend more time in there whilst Cayo Coco is just, from my point of view, a resort area. Cayo Coco is very far from Trinidad and even further to La Havana. We arrived very late and we had to leave very early on the day, meaning that we stayed there for a day and a couple of hours, it wasn´t worth the effort.

Overall, I really loved this trip: it was full of surprises, encountered feelings and fun, we had loads of fun and that´s for sure!

Have you ever been in Cuba? What did you do or would have done differently? What did you like the most and the least about your itinerary?

Stay around witties!

 

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17 comments

  1. I’ve always wanted to visit Trinidad. What would you say was your favorite part there? I wish I could say that was a bucket list item for me to go to Cuba, but truthfully, I haven’t ever thought about it.

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    • Trinidad is a must. There is something in there, just wander and look around. There is nothing to do but loads to discover. It´s so peaceful during the day and so vivid during the night. If I would go back definitely would stay at Trinidad again. I never thought about it and it has been one of my favourite trips.

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  2. What an amazing post! I love that you included what you would have skipped and why – so informative. We haven’t yet made it down to Cuba but it is on our list! We are traveling with children so any advice you have in that area would be so welcome.

    All the best!

    Kam Smith
    ourfamilypassport.com

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    • Thank you Kam! I travelled with a group of friends but I can say that we didn´t feel concerned or scared. I would say that you have to follow more or less the same rules as everywhere and be sensitive at night. La Havana can look doggy at night but we didn´t have any trouble there as well as anywhere else

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  3. Thanks for sharing this. I really needed it. My buddies and I are planning to travel somewhere new and we are stumped to find any place. Cuba will definitely appease them and the itenary will definitely convince them too.

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  4. How cool, I especially love the map you’ve provided for visual reference! You’re so right, when you spend all the time driving, it’s easy to get drained and lose sight of …. well, the sights! Thanks for the tips!

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  5. These are some great ideas! I would love to go to Cuba but may have to wait awhile until my kids are older. I enjoyed hearing about your trip – sounds like good advice!

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