If you want to get the most out of your trip to Havana, consider takings these day trips from Havana, Cuba. Whether you want to lounge on the beach or get to know the locals, there’s something for every type of traveler.
Day Trips from Havana #1 – Viñales
Viñales is not to be missed. Less than a two-hour drive outside Havana, Cuba you’ll find this city of rolling hills surrounding a valley of lush tobacco and sugar plantations.
Meet the locals who live and work on the land. Be sure to make nice with their farm animals, including pigs you can easily confuse for pups. Farmers and plantation owners will treat you to lessons in growing tobacco, as well as some plantation-made cigars. Because, Cuba. Heads up, you’ll be expected to tip your farmers for their hospitality, so have a few cucs ready to spare. You may even have to pay for the homemade rum drinks they treat you to, but it’s worth it for a tasty organic toast. There’s also 1 to 4-hour horseback tours available for a reasonable prices (CUC$10-CUC$25).
Viñales is also home to Cueva del Indio – Indian Caves. They’re a quick taxi ride from the city center, a must-see for those nature-loving travelers. And don’t sleep on the town itself. For a tiny little puebla, it has a metropolitan feel with decent restaurants, local shopping, and the beloved wifi park. Really everything you’d want in a town.
Day Trips from Havana #2 – Habana Vieja (Old Havana)
Located near the city center, Habana Vieja is a must-see for anyone visiting Cuba. Reminiscent of Las Ramblas in Barcelona, Habana Vieja is a perfect place to spend the day getting lost, popping in and out of colonial-style buildings. Many of the buildings contain inner second-patios, true hidden gems that fill the insides with the absolute best lighting one would need for a social-media-worthy Cuba post.
Day Trips from Havana #3 – Varadero
Cuba is an island, but many who visit are disappointed to learn that the city of Havana doesn’t really have any beaches for lounging. If you want to spend a day getting even more beautifully brown, travel to Varadero. Located about two hours east of Havana by car (three hours by bus), Varadero has endless beaches that meet warm and clear-blue Caribbean waters. It’s also a major resort town, so there are hotels with the typical amenities if you want to get a little fancier than your Casa Particular for a day or two.
Written by N. Simone Wilson-Millaud