9 days in Caribbean Itinerary

9 days in Caribbean Itinerary

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9 days in Caribbean Itinerary

Start: York, United Kingdom
Drive + Fly:  16​h 30​min
1
Havana, Cuba
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h
2
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  19​h 45​min
End: York, United Kingdom

4
nights
Havana, Cuba

Havana ©
Cuba's capital and major commercial center, Havana manages to be very old and very modern at the same time.
Explore hidden gems such as Fusterlandia and Cueva de Saturno. Venture out of the city with trips to Cayo Largo (Playa Paraiso & Sirena Beach). Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of El Malecon, don't miss a visit to Plaza de la Catedral, and steep yourself in history at El Morro.

For maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Havana route planner .

York, UK to Havana is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of car and flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Cuba Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -5 hour difference. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from York in May; daily highs in Havana reach 36°C and lows reach 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Punta Cana.

Things to do in Havana

Parks Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trips

Cayo Largo, Cueva de Saturno
Find places to stay May 20 — 24:
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Old Havana ©
Old Havana
Fusterlandia ©
Fusterlandia
El Malecon ©
El Malecon

3
nights
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Punta Cana ©
In an area boasting beaches that face both the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, vacations in Punta Cana have been popular with tourists since the early 1970s.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Altos de Chavon and Don Lucas Cigars. Get out of town with these interesting Punta Cana side-trips: Bayahibe (Scuba & Snorkeling & Speed Boats Tours). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Bavaro Beach, explore the activities along Hoyo Azul, and try to win big at Hard Rock Casino Punta Cana.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Punta Cana trip planner .

You can fly from Havana to Punta Cana in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Havana to Punta Cana due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Havana in May since evenings lows in Punta Cana dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Punta Cana

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Bayahibe, Altos de Chavon
Find places to stay May 24 — 27:
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Bavaro Beach ©
Bavaro Beach
Altos de Chavon ©
Altos de Chavon
Don Lucas Cigars ©
Don Lucas Cigars

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