The Ultimate Cuba Itinerary: How to Spend 10 Days in Cuba

By Anna

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When people mention visiting Cuba, old-fashioned cars and cigars might be the first thing that comes to mind. However, little do people realize that Cuba has so much more to offer than just that. If you’re thinking about jetting off to Cuba in the near future, then you’ve come to the right place as we’re going to be sharing with you a 10-day Cuba itinerary so you can see for yourselves what a Cuba trip can truly offer you.

You’ll get to discover more about Cuban history, the best bars, restaurants, beaches and so much more in this jam-packed article, so we wouldn’t be surprised if by the end you’ve booked your tickets and are heading out there by the end of the week.

But, before we get into all the exciting places to visit in our Cuba itinerary, let’s just remind ourselves exactly where Cuba sits to on the map.c

Where Is Cuba?

Cuba is an island nation located in the northern Caribbean where the Caribbean Sea, Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean meet. It’s situated near to the Bahamas, Jamaica, and the Cayman Islands, so you’ll be glad to know that they have an average yearly temperature of 26 degrees. That said, it can also reach higher than this.

So, now you know where Cuba is situated, let’s take a look at what your almost 2 weeks in Cuba will look like!

Day 1 – Fly into Jose Marti International Airport:

There’s nothing more exciting than setting your alarm clock for 3am, having a shot of espresso to wake you up in the morning, popping your suitcases in the car and heading off to the airport. Depending on where you fly from in the U.K, it will take you around 10 hours to fly into Cuba’s main airport, Jose Marti which is just outside of the Cuban capital, Havana.

Unfortunately, most flights from the U.K are indirect meaning that you will most likely have to transfer from Madrid-but hey, it’s all part of that holiday experience! But when your flight finally does touch down in Cuba, you’ll forget about all the travelling as you’ll step out of the aeroplane and the heat will hit you right in the face – that’s when you know your holiday has just begun.

Cuba has a different time zone to the U.K so when you step off the plane, don’t forget to switch your watch back five hours. When you get into the airport, you’ll have staff to guide you to security check-ins as well as where to pick your luggage up from, so you don’t need to worry about getting lost before you’ve even stepped out of Jose Marti.

When you’ve gone through security and picked up your suitcases, then it’s time for yet more travelling to get to your hotel, hostel or wherever you’ve decided to stay. But what transport options are available for you to take from the airport? Let’s have a look.

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Transport Options from Jose Marti:

  • Taxi: Taxis are always a popular choice for tourists when wanting to get from the airport to their hotel as quickly as possible. The good news is that there’s always a taxi waiting for you in any of Cuba’s airports and tourist attractions. You also have a choice of two taxis – one is metered and the other is unmetered. Both taxi rates are considered fair. Metered taxis are recommended for long journeys or all-day travelling. It is also expected of you to tip the driver 10% of the taxi fare.
  • Airport Busses: These buses are popular with locals, so depending on what time your flight gets in, these buses can get very crowded! If you do decide to take the bus to your hotel then have your purse at the ready because these busses only accept payment in their local currency which is the Cuban Peso. If you try to find a bus timetable outside, then we’re afraid you won’t be able to as these busses don’t have a structured timetable.

Arriving at the Hotel:

Once you arrive at your hotel, we suggest having some dinner, looking around the hotel and then getting a good night’s rest so you can sleep off all of your travelling and not be jet lagged in the morning and wake up feeling fresh as a daisy.

So, that’s day one of your Cuba itinerary, shall we see what day two has to offer?

Day 2 – Visit Playa Varadero Beach:

It’s best to not do anything too tiring on your first full day in Cuba as you don’t want to make yourself tired like previous day of travelling that you had to do. So, day 2 of your Cuba itinerary and you’re off to the beach, this beach looks so amazing it’s like it’s come straight out of Photoshop!

If you’re wondering what heaven looks like, then look no further. Varadero beach could be considered one of the best beaches in the Caribbean as it’s surrounded by palm trees, crystal-clear blue luscious water, sand as soft as icing sugar and warm air that breezes through your hair – this really is the perfect place to relax.

Playa Varadero Beach
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Kayaking and Snorkelling in the Caribbean Sea:

There’s plenty of sun beds on this beach which have your name written all over it, so get your coconut sun cream out of your beach bag, put your earphones in and let the sun work its magic! If you decide that you’re getting a bit hot and sweaty from the sweltering heat and want to cool off then we have some bad news for you as the sea can get very warm, especially in the summer months which are June-August.

If you can handle the warm sea, then we suggest going snorkelling or kayaking. You can rent out a kayak from one of the beach kiosks for a reasonable price. Usually the water is very calm so you’re able to drift along the Caribbean Sea at a nice pace whilst taking in the beautiful surroundings.

We suggest before you leave to pack a snorkelling kit with you which will save you money as snorkelling at this beach isn’t to go a miss! By not going out too far you’ll get to see some cute tropical fish but if you want to see more aquatic animals then a catamaran trip will help you do just that as you’ll be able to jump straight off the boat into the middle of the sea and look at other amazing aquatic animals and plants.

With all of that swimming and sunbathing sure to bring up an appetite, let’s have a look at what you could be munching on for lunch.

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What’s for Lunch?

With many restaurants being just a 5-minute walk from Varadero beach, there’s no reason not to get stuck into the Cuban cuisine and with that in mind, we’ve whittled down two of the best restaurants near the beach for you to try out.

  • La Panchita: If you’re travelling with fussy eaters then La Panchita is the restaurant for you, although you will have to walk 15-minutes down the beach to reach it. When you arrive, you’ll be seated by friendly staff who will take your order. They serve a different variety of cuisines and dishes ranging from traditional Cuban, Italian, Japanese and Caribbean which is served as a buffet style so you can get stuck in.
  • La Cofradia Del Pescado: If you like seafood and beer then you’re in for a treat! La Cofradia Del Pescado is just a 5-minute walk away from the beach and once you’re seated, you’ll be able to smell the fresh fish straight away. This restaurant serves every type of fish imaginable, shrimps, prawns and lobster are on the menu to name a few. As well as enjoying the food, you’ll also get to enjoy the views of the Caribbean Sea.

Apologies if we’ve made you hungry whilst reading this! So, with day 2 sorted, what’s happening on day 3?

But before that, time for a one of our special Cuba travel tips.

Pro Tip – When visiting Cuba, make sure to have some Cuban currency on hand. This will prove to be very useful, should you choose to take tourist buses. FYI – 1 US Dollar = 24 Cuban Peso (approximately)

Day 3 – Visiting Old Havana

You can find Old Havana (Habana VIeja) in the city center as it’s one of the 15 municipalities that forms Havana. You’ll get to discover the real Cuba when you visit this city and you won’t be stuck on things to do and see when you get here.

Old Havana attracts many tourists each year due to the hustle and bustle, so if you’re not a crowds person, be warned as it does get very busy. When you arrive in Old Havana you’ll instantly be immersed in the culture as you’ll see Cuban people outside playing music, bars, restaurants, shops and museums. So, in more detail, let’s see what you can get up to here in amazing Old Havana ooh na na – sorry, we couldn’t resist!


When people mention museums you might be transported back to when you were on a boring school trip and all you wanted to do was leave, well with the museums that we’ve picked out for you, we promise that you’ll have a more enjoyable experience. As there’s a lot of history to Old Havana, there’s also lots of museums, so you can visit the museum, give yourself a history lesson and walk around the city thinking you know everything about Cuba.

  • Museo de la Revolucion: Museo de la Revolucionor Museum of the Revolution if you don’t speak Spanish tells you everything you’ve ever wanted to know about the 1959 Cuban Revolution. The building housed both the Government and the Council of Ministers and in 1965 and in 1974, it became a museum which was dedicated the Cuban Revolution. If you’re a bit squeamish then we wouldn’t recommend some of the exhibits as they are quite vivid! Exhibits can include like blood-stained and bullet-riddled uniforms.
  • Granma Memorial: If you’ve just visited the Museo de la Revolucion then we would recommend this one straight after as it’s situated directly behind in a glass enclosure. The Granma Memorial is the yacht that was used to transport 82 fighters of the Cuban Revolution from Mexico to Cuba in November 1956 for the purpose of overthrowing the regime of Fulgencio Batista. In this outdoor museum you’ll get to see the yacht, tanks, planes and much more.
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Where to Eat and Drink?

From soaking in all of that history information we understand that it must be time for an alcoholic beverage and a bite to eat and in Old Havana, you’re most certainly in the right place! If you want to visit some of Cuba’s best bars and restaurants then we suggest finding somewhere in plaza vieja (old square), but there’s no need to start searching, that’s why we’re here! So, let’s have a look at where you could be sipping on daiquiris to.

  • Azúcar Lounge: If you want to get stuck into a Cuban or international cuisine then Azúcar Lounge has got you covered, with a reasonable price to pay for food drinks. This restaurant has great views overlooking the plaza vieja. You can order any type of drink here from soft drinks, beer, wine and cocktails – make ours a piña colada.
  • Restaurant Van Van: A Caribbean, Latin and Cuban cuisine, Restaurant Van Van offers you a taste of the country so you can really get stuck in to embracing the Cuban culture. Live music is played as you sip and eat making it a fun atmosphere. They also offer a range of vegetarian, gluten free and vegan options and the cocktails here are delicious! This restaurant is on the more expensive side, but you’ve got to treat yourself, it’s only day two on your Cuba itinerary!

Let’s Go Shopping:

One of the best things about going on holiday is the fact that you can treat yourself to anything and not feel guilty about buying it. Of course this is Old Havana so there isn’t a H&M or Urban Outfitters around here, instead you get something better which is traditional old Cuban shops and we’re here to tell you the ones you must visit on your holidays.

  • Palacio de la Artesania Casa Del Habano: This souvenir store in a former 18th-century mansion features handicrafts, rums & cigars. If this shop doesn’t scream Cuba to you, then we don’t know what does.
  • Clandestina: This shop sells T-shirts, tote bags & posters made by the namesake brand of Havana-based artists.
  • Habana 1791: This is a perfume store & laboratory in an 18th-century mansion with custom fragrances & historical artefacts.

So, with day two on your Cuba itinerary completed, what does day 3 have in store for you?

Day 4 – Classic Car Tour

On the 4th day of your Cuba two week itinerary, you get to experience one of the most exciting aspects of your trip – a classic car tour!

We’re not sure about you but the first thing that pops into our head when someone mentions Cuba is that you can ride in a classic car. But before we go into more detail about how you’re able to ride in one, it’s time for a history lesson. So, you’re probably wondering why classic cars are such a thing in Cuba? The answer to that question is because Cuba has never had a car manufacturing industry, they relied heavily on imports from America to populate the roads which is why today there are so many classic cars on the road.

Pro Tip

On your vintage car tour, make sure you get a glimpse of the Plaza de la Revolucion, which is otherwise rather tricky to reach.

So, with that history lesson over with, let’s get day 5 of your Cuba itinerary started!

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Where do I Get the Car From?

If you want to ride in a classic Cuban car and explore the beautiful city then the tours for this day trip means you will have to make your way to Havana.

Cuba is a pretty easy island to make your way around so to get to Havana, you can take a taxi from your hotel and if you make some friends along the way who are visiting the same place as you, you’ll be able to get a shared taxi and split the fare! You can also catch the train to Havana Central railway station, although this can get quite busy.

You can either pre-book this day trip or just turn up on the day. If you’ve pre-booked, then the driver will pick you up in your preferred location. The price of this varies depending on what package you choose. You can either choose a Havana city tour which takes around two hours. or a day tour which will last ten hours where you’ll be taken all over the place including Las Terrazas, viñales and Varadero. It’s also slightly more expensive if you decide you want a tour guide in the car with you too – we recommend that you opt for a tour guide as you’ll get a better understanding about the city and the history.

If you would prefer to drive the car yourself then as of 2019, you’re now able to hire out the car for the day!

Now, for the most important information you’ve been waiting for, what cars are available to ride in?

What Car Can You Choose?

You’ll be glad to know that there is a massive variety of different cars you’re able to choose including hardtops, convertibles and minibuses – although not the conventional minibus you may be thinking of.

  • Hardtops: You can choose from Chevrolet, Cadillac, Pontiac and Oldsmobile.
  • Convertibles: Ride in style choosing from Ford, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, Mercury, Plymouth, Oldsmobile and Pontiac.
  • Minibuses: Choose from Cadillac, Chevrolet, Ford or VW.

Taking a ride in a classic car really is the best way to see the city sat in comfort and without having to walk for miles on end and not getting lost. Once your car journey is over with you won’t be far from a restaurant in central Havana so you can get a spot of lunch and have a wonder around before making your way back to the hotel.

That’s day 4 complete, so that means that we’re nearly halfway through telling you about your 10-day Cuba itinerary. So, what is day 5 going to be?

Day 5 – Visit a Tobacco Farm

Now, when we’ve put a tobacco farm on our Cuba itinerary, we’re by no means encouraging you to start smoking! We’ve added this to our list because Cuban cigars is what Cuba is recognised for, so why wouldn’t you want to have a little day trip there?

One of the best tobacco farms we could find for you is located in Viñales, a two-hour drive west of Havana. This may seem like a long journey, especially if you don’t even smoke, but trust us when we say, you’re in for a treat! You won’t just get to learn more about how the cigars are made, you’ll also get to experience the stunning scenery that viñales valley has to offer.

The Viñales tobacco farm produces a lot of premium tobacco that’s sold in the some of the world’s best quality cigars. When you visit the farm on your tour, the farmers will tell you all about the world-famous tobacco that’s grown in Viñales. The tours run all year round and you get to understand more about how they grow and tend to the crops, before they store and dry them.

So, you know what you can do at the tobacco farm but since this was a four-hour roundtrip, let’s have a look at some of other things to do in Viñales.

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What Else Can You do in Viñales?

So, you’ve visited the tobacco farm, the tours ended, and you’ve got some free time to go off and explore a bit more of Viñales, but you’re unsure of what to do? Well we’ve put together a small list of things to do.

  • Explore Viñales: As we previously touched on, Viñales has some stunning scenery so you’d be crazy not to go and explore, which is probably why it’s been named a world heritage site by UNESCO since 1999. You’ll be surrounded by peace and quiet, luscious green grass and trees – a slow walk will make you feel closer to nature as well as calm and relaxed.
  • Visit the town: Viñales town isn’t the biggest of places so you needn’t worry about getting lost. When you step into the town, you’ll see locals sat outside on chairs trying to sell you food drinks, however nice that may sound, we would suggest lunching in a restaurant. You’ll find a few traditional Cuban restaurants that are filled with friendly Cuban people, making you feel welcome from the moment you step in.

So, with day 5 meaning that we’ve now passed the halfway mark, it’s time to see what’s on the Cuba itinerary for day 6.

Day 6 – Visit the Hemingway Museum:

We were pretty surprised to find out that the American novelist and journalist Ernest Hemingway used to live in Cuba, so it was a no brainer to add this to the Cuba itinerary so you’re able to find out more about his life and time there. Hemingway lived in the San Francisco de Paula district in Havana, about 15 miles outside of the city.

The museum known as Finca La Vigia or Hemingway House was occupied by Hemingway from mid-1939 to 1960. When he bought the house, he paid $12,000 which was considered a huge amount back then. The house was originally built in 1886 and has stunning views overlooking Havana. In 1951, Hemingway composed one of his most famous novels here, ‘The Old Man and the Sea.’

What Can You do in The Museum?

When you visit this museum unfortunately you’re actually unable to have a look inside every room, inside you have to peer through the windows that are on display for you but you’re still able to see everything – it might not be as good as actually going in and getting a feel for the room though.

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What Can You See?

There’s a lot of rooms to peer through with a lot of history too!

  • The guesthouse: Obviously whenever Hemingway had guests over to visit, that’s where they would stay. From time-to-time his children would also live there.
  • The terrace: Hemingway would often be outies playing with his three children, Jack, Gregory and Patrick and also his beloved dog and cat.
  • Living room: This was used for social events and Hemingway spent many evenings in this room.
  • Dining room: Hemingway was a passionate hunter, and, on most walls, you will find trophies he had won.
  • Study: As a successful novelist you’ve got to expect books in his house. Hemingway loved reading and in almost every room including the study, there would book bookshelves filled with books.
  • Desk: Nearly all of his bestsellers were written at this desk.
  • Bathroom: You’ll get to see all of the original items left in the bathroom including a toothbrush, a comb and aftershave. Hemingway also had a habit of weighing himself every morning so he would write down his weight on the wall with a pencil.
  • Bedroom: This room is filled with books and hunting trophies.
  • Swimming pool: Hemingway swam every morning and also liked to bathe in the pool at night.
  • Tower with writing room: Ernest’s wife, Mary had the tower built for him to write his books in, however he rarely used it and continued to write in his study.
  • The Pilar-Hemingway’s yacht: This boat and his friend were the inspiration for Hemingway’s most famous book ‘The Old Man and the Sea.’

So, now you now you know a little bit more about the Hemingway museum, once you arrive there, you’ll be one step ahead of everybody else. Let’s see what’s happening on day 7 in the Cuba itinerary, shall we?

Day 7 – Visit Trinidad:

Before you get confused, we’re not talking about Trinidad and Tobago – that might be slightly a bit too far to visit just for the day! No, we’re talking about Trinidad, a town in central Cuba known for its vibrant coloured buildings, cobblestone streets and old colonial town. If you’re travelling from the capital, Havana then this is an 8-hour roundtrip! So waking up early and making the most of the day is advised.

How do You Get to Trinidad?


  • Havana to Trinidad: 7:00, 10:45, 14:15 (6 hour & 50 min)
  • Viñales to Trinidad: 6:45 (9 hours & 30 min)
  • Varadero to Trinidad: 7:00 (6 hours & 25 min)
  • Cienfuegos to Trinidad: 12:15, 14:40, 15:15, 18:00 (1 hour & 35 min)

Taxi: This might be slightly more expensive than the bus, but if you’re sharing a taxi with others then the cost of the fare will be more affordable.

Car: If you don’t fancy waking up early to catch the bus or pay too much for taxi fare then a good option is to hire a rental car, if you split the cost even between two people, then this works out cheaper than the taxi and there’s no need to wait around once you’ve finished your day trip in Trinidad, just start your engine and off you go.

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What Can You do in Trinidad?

Just like Old Havana, there’s so much to do in Trinidad, so pack your bikini, water-bottle, Cuban Pesos and let’s get going with day 7 on our Cuba Itinerary!

  • Plaza Mayor: Plaza Mayor (main square) sits right in the historical centre of Trinidad and in 1988 the town was declared a UNESCO world heritage sight, a bit like Viñales. There are lots of buildings in the Plaza and if you love understanding more about historical buildings then you’ve come to the right place. The buildings include the Church of the Holy Trinity, House of the Conspirators, Brunet Palace, Church and Monastery of Saint Francis, Museum of Guamuhaya Archeology, House of the Sánchez Iznaga, House of Mayor Ortiz and Cantero Palace! So as you can see, there’s lots to visit and that’s just the first thing we have on our list!
  • Playa Ancon beach: The Playa Ancon beach is a 15-minute drive away from the centre of Trinidad so if you’ve finished your shopping and browsing around the centre, then why not unwind and relax at this breathtaking beach? Get your towel out, find a secluded area of the beach and dip your toes in the three toned Caribbean Sea, go on, we know you want to!
  • Shopping: You can find plenty of traditional shops in Trinidad as well as local markets which sell the likes of handicrafts, lace clothing items, woodcarvings, musical instruments, masks, and ceramic works, so there’s something to pick up for yourself or even to buy for people back home as gifts.
  • La Casa de la Musica: Make sure to visit the house of music at 7pm (any niht of the week) to revel in the vibrant and colourful Cuban dance show.

That’s day 7 of our Cuba itinerary complete, there’s only 2 more days left until we’ve completed our 10-day Cuba itinerary, so what will you be doing on the last two days?

Day 8 – Go to a Live Show

Nothing gives you the full Cuban experience like going to a live show and getting into the groove dancing with fellow tourists and Cuban people and the with the live show we’ve found for you, you can do just that!

What’s great about seeing a live show is that you have all day to relax and do whatever it is that you want to do! You could lounge by the hotel swimming pool all day or be at the beach before giving yourself time to get showered and glammed up ready for the show.

The live show that we’re taking you to is called Tropicana. Situated in Havana but perform in different venues which include Lounge Under the Stars, Living Room Glass Arches, Cafe Rodney and Los Jardines Restaurant. So, let’s find out more about what Tropicana is!

What Is Tropicana?

Tropicana is a famous open-air nightclub cabaret show in Havana. During the three-hour performance, you’ll get to sing and dance your way through songs that are reminisced by Cuba’s 50’s era. Even if clubs aren’t your thing, this definitely isn’t something that you’re going to want to miss!

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What Can You Expect to See?

Well, in the short the answer to that question is everything. You’ll get to witness 200 performers on stage (not all at the same time) all dressed in beautiful costumes ready for a night of glam and fun. The lights first set the atmosphere before trumpets and drums start having noise coming out of them and then the show begins.

This show runs all year round and offers different packages depending on your price limit. Some of the different packages include:

  • The show: This is just your standard ticket, but it includes 1 Welcome drink, 1/4 Bottle of Havana Club Special Old Rum, 1 Soft Drink and 1 snack.
  • Plus show: An upgrade from ‘The show’ in this package you’ll receive Preferential Table, 1 Welcome drink, 1/4 Bottle of Havana Club Special Old Rum, 1 Soft Drink and 1 snack.
  • Premium show: So, this is the best package that is on offer (and the most expensive) and in this package you’ll get Preferential table, 1 Welcome drink, 1/4 Bottle of Whisky or 7-years old Havana Club Rum, 1 Soft Drink and 1 snack.

So, there’s your 8th out of 10 days ticked off on your Cuba itinerary, so shall we take a look at what number 9 has in-store?

Day 9 – Visit Santa Clara

Now, before you get confused again, this is Santa Clara in Cuba, not San Fransisco! Santa Clara is a city and the capital of the central Cuban province of Villa Clara. The city is the fifth most populate in Cuba with around 250,000 inhabitants. If you’re planning on visiting Santa Clara from Havana then it’ll take you around 2 hours by car or taxi.

What Can You do in Santa Clara?

If you like historical buildings, books and museums then you’re going to love Santa Clara! So with that in mind, let’s have a look at some of the buildings and museums you could be visiting!

  • Che Guevara Mausoleum: For those of you that don’t know, Che Guevara was a Cuban communist figure who later went on to become a guerrilla leader before being executed by the Bolivian army in 1967. He has since been regarded as a martyred hero by generations of leftists worldwide. So that’s why today in Santa Clara there is a museum dedicated to him. His bronze statue stands tall across the city along with the memorial which contains the remains of Che and 29 other guerrilla who were killed in Bolivia.
  • Parque Vidal: Parque Vidal is a park in central Santa Clara which covers a large amount of the city and in 1998, the park was declared a National Monument. There’s lots of architecturally beautiful buildings to see in the park as well as a number of historic monuments including the Glorieta gazebo which sits in the middle of the park which serves as a venue for the city’s Philharmonic Band who play there weekly.
  • Catedral de Santa Clara de Asís: This is a Roman Catholic cathedral which is also located in the centre of Santa Clara, only two blocks away from Parque Vidal so you can visit the park and come straight to the cathedral! This is the most important religious building in Santa Clara. The cathedral was founded in 1692 and contains a lost and found statue of Virgin Mary.
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Shops in Santa Clara:

A bit like Trinidad, the streets in Santa Clara are cobbled and you’ll find a variety of different shops including (of course) a rum and cigar shop, boutiques, souvenirs, t-shirts, Cuban music and a whole range of book shops. The books are mainly written in Spanish but it’s always interesting to look into different stores and see what they have. If you are a book worm and fancy a browse, then we recommend Librería Pepe Medina Hostal Vista Park.

So there you have day 9 completed, we have just one place left to tell you about in our 10 day Cuba itinerary and we’ve saved the best till last, so let’s see what your final day has to bring.

Day 10 – El Nicho

So, as this is the final trip to visit on our Cuba itinerary, we thought we’d make it a good one and it doesn’t get any better than El Nicho! It is a four-hour trip from Havana, but it is so worth it once you’re there. But enough babbling on, we haven’t even told you what El Nicho is yet. El Nicho are stunning waterfalls that you’re able to swim in placed in the most tranquil of settings.

El Nicho is in Cienfuegos which is on Cuba’s south coast. We wouldn’t recommend driving to El Nicho as it sits in quite a difficult area to reach with a lot of steep hills and uneven road surfaces. If you go on a rainy day then this will make it even trickier. Instead we recommend a taxi as you’ll be in safe hands with the drivers. If you can get a shared taxi there then all the better, if not then agree on a price before you set off and put your haggling skills to good use.

What Can you do at El Nicho?

So, as we previously said, El Nicho is a beautiful cascading waterfall that you’re able to swim in surrounded by tropical trees and rocks. Make sure you’ve put your swimming gear on before you leave as there’s no discrete place for you to change, unless you do it behind a rock.

When you get to see the beauty of El Nicho you’ll have your breath taken away. You’ll get to swim in natural, fresh, clean, amazingly clear water. If you want to get out and have a little rest then you’re able to place yourself of a rock and enjoy the view. As the waterfall is surrounded by trees, you get enough shade to stop you from getting hot but enough sun to keep you at a nice temperature although bringing sun cream is a must!

You’ll get the spend the whole day here so you’ll be glad to know that there are a couple of restaurants on site. You can choose from either El Paladar which serves traditional authentic cuban cuisine or Paladar “El Carey.” Make sure you fill your bellies as you’ll have a long journey back to the hotel.

And there you have it, our 10-day Cuba itinerary has come to an end, but before you finish reading this article, let’s have a look at how many days you’ll actually need in Cuba.

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How Many Days do You Need in Cuba?

So, in this article we’ve told you what you can do in Cuba on a 10-day itinerary. As you’ve read, Cuba is a buzzing, vibrant city with plenty of things to see do but to get a full 10-days then we would suggest booking Cuba for 12 nights as you will lose two days travelling to and from Cuba.

Although we’ve suggested 12 nights, sometimes it works out cheaper to book 14 nights, so make sure you check when you’re doing your online research as we’d hate for you to miss out on extra days in Cuba.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Cuba Travel Itinerary

What makes Santiago de cuba with visiting?

In addition to being the second largest city in Cuba, the Santiago de cuba offers a plethora of tourist options, including great offers for sun and beach tourism.

Is there any UNESCO world heritage site in Cuba?

Yes, in fact, when you visit Cuba you can explore not one but as many as 9 UNESCO Words Heritage Sites, including

  • Old Havana and its Fortifications
  • Viñales Valley
  • Alejandro de Humboldt National Park
  • Desembarco del Granma National Park
  • Castillo de San Pedro de la Roca
  • Cienfuegos
  • Camaguey
  • Trinidad and the Valle de los Ingenios

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James Ardimento has spent the last 12 years journeying around the globe ! With its precious experiences and tips he gained around Asia, South America, Europe and the US he is a precious asset for this blog and for its readers