The best day trips from Havana

Havana is a fabulously vibrant city with much to see and do for the tourist, but what about outside the city? Where are the best day trips you can take from your Havana accommodation? Here are a few of the best which are easy to reach from the capital.

 

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Viñales Valley

Viñales is around a 2.5-hour drive from central Havana but well worth the trip. The natural beauty of the valley is simply magnificent, and with tobacco plantations, cave networks and charming towns along the way it’s the ideal place for a visit. There are options here to trek, hike, ride horses or even cycle along the dusty pathways among beautiful scenery.

The Hershey Train

This train line was established in the 20th century by the chocolate company Hershey, which is based in the United States. The main aim of the train line was to connect their sugar mill with the major cities on the island. However, after the Cuban revolution the factory was renamed and nationalised, but the train continued. The railways, carriages and signposts all remain the same, and the stops along the journey have barely been altered. It’s a wonderful day out from Havana which takes you through the Yumur valley to Matanzas.

 

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Varadero

This resort may scream all-inclusive to many, in fact this deters many independent travellers to Cuba who tend to avoid Varadero for this reason. However, look a little deeper and you will find that Varadero is worth a visit. The beaches are spectacular, the snorkelling and diving conditions are perfect and there are many shops, bars and restaurants. It’s also one of the easiest resorts to reach from Havana. 

Playas del Este

Located just 30 minutes from Havana is this Caribbean beach resort with no less than 50 km of palm-lined, white sandy beaches. It’s clean and underdeveloped, therefore relatively unspoilt, and due to the sheer length of the beach it rarely gets crowded.

All of these areas are relatively easy to access from your Havana holiday rental and are suitable for day trips or weekend retreats away from the city. The difficulty is deciding which to visit first!


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