Kid Friendly Itinerary | CUBA

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Kid Friendly Itinerary



10 days/9 nights

 Medium Budget: $100/day

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What You’ll Like

Vintage Cars

Stylish Art, Music & Dance

UNESCO World Heritage Sites

What the Kid’ll Like

Farm Animals & Caves

Waterfalls & White Sand Beaches

About this itinerary:

Length of Stay: This itinerary can be shortened to 8 Days/7 Nights by leaving out Playa Jutias and Trinidad. Vinales and El Nicho are must-dos, and you should experience at least one Cuban beach.

Budget: $100/day (1 adult + 1 child) – $25/day of that goes towards food

*not including airfare.

**For sake of simplicity, all currency is reflected in USD.

Transportation: There are a few ways of getting around Cuba. My suggestions are based on the planned activities. Tailor your transportation according to your personal needs and budget.

Activities: My suggestions are based what we enjoy doing. Choose activities that align with your interests.

Food: I offer one food suggestion per day.

Lodging: My first preference is usually renting an entire house on AirBnb, but sometimes a private room or dorm bed in a nice hostel is perfect. We rarely stay in hotel rooms. In Cuba, we stayed in Casa Particulares. Read what a Casa Particular is here.


Pro Tips: Donating art supplies to the schools is a great way to support the people. Always have extra cash beyond the $100/day suggested here. Consider doing this trip with another single mom to split the cost of lodging and transportation. Learn how to find another single mom and start planning.


Day 1 Havana


Havana Cuba Capitol BuildingTransportation Arrive by plane in Havana – HAV – José Marti International Airport. Read about visa requirements here.

Take taxi from airport to Old Havana $30 – 20 mins

Activities Exchange money upon arrival.

Walk around the Capitol Building & nearby parks.

Ride in a vintage car. Tip: Hire a vintage taxi for $15 rather than pay for a high-priced 1-hr tour. Read about more transportation tips here.

Food Go wherever your dancing feet take you.

Lodging Casa Particular $30

Day 2 Havana to Viñales


Vinales-National-Park-signTransportation Travel Day – 3 hrs

Take bus $15/person or Hire a taxi from bus station $60/4 people. Book Bus tickets in advance – read why here.

Activities Explore the town and enjoy the park where you can connect to the internet. There are some cute stores for shopping right there on the main road. Tip:1-hr Internet cards can be bought at special kiosks for $3. Read more about the internet here.

Food Your choice. Tip: Listen for the Cuban music and go there.

Lodging Casa Particular $30

Day 3 Viñales


tobacco drying in the barn cuba with kids travelTransportation Hire personal taxi for entire day $25

Activities Tobacco Tour – Meet the farmers, and learn how to roll a cigar FREEminus the cigars you buy.

Horseback Riding Through Tobacco Fields to Coffee Plantation, Hidden Caves and Serene Lakes $25/horse for 4 hours.

Boat tour through Cueva del Indio $5/adult, kids FREE.

Food Palenque de los Cimarrones

Lodging Casa Particular $30


Day 4 Viñales



shopping-for-arts-and-crafts-cubaTransportation Go by Foot

Activities FREE DAY

Go shopping downtown for local arts and crafts.

Follow the sound of live Cuban bands.

Take a salsa class or check your emails at the park.

This is a good day to relax or plan an activity of your own.

Food Pizzaria

Lodging Casa Particular $30

Day 5 Viñales


Cayo-JutiasTransportation Hire personal taxi for entire day $25

Activities Enjoy the white sand beach at Playa Jutias.

Snorkel with marine life.

Kayak in the blue-green sea.

Relax in the shade.

Food Your choice

Lodging Casa Particular $30


Day 6 Viñales to Cienfuegos


casa-particular-vinalesTransportation TRAVEL DAY – 6hrs

Take a bus for $11/person or hire a taxi for $120/4 people

Activities Enjoy the scenery.

After arriving, go shopping at the local art district in the downtown.

Walk on the Malecón at sunset.


Eat on the road and bring fruit for snacks

Lodging Casa Particular $30

Day 7 Cienfuegos


playa-ranch-luna-cienfuegos-cubaTransportation Hire a one-way taxi to Playa Rancho Luna $15 – 20 mins from downtown Cienfuegos. You can hire one at the beach for your return $15

Activities Enjoy a day at the beach, Parasols (natural umbrellas featured in photo) FREE.

Snorkel in the warm and clear Caribbean Sea. You will need to bring your own mask and snorkel.

Go on a scavenger hunt for cool shells and coral.

Food Rancho Luna Restaurant

Lodging Casa Particular $30

Day 8 Cienfuegos to Trinidad


Waterfall-El-Nicho-CubaTransportation Hire personal taxi for entire day – Go to Trinidad via El Nicho Waterfalls – 3 hrs total driving time – 1.5 hr from Cienfuegos to El Nicho, 1.5 hrs from El Nicho to Trinidad $70

Activities Enjoy nature at the Waterfalls of El Nicho.

Hike the trails and rejuvenate yourself by swimming in the cool and clear spring water.

Explore Trinidad by foot at sunset.

Food El Nicho Restaurant

Lodging Casa Particular $30

Day 9 Trinidad to Havana


Che-Guevara-Memorial-Santa-ClaraTransportation Hire personal taxi for entire day – Go to Havana via Santa Clara – 3 hrs total driving time $80

Activities Explore Santa Clara & Visit the Che Guevara Memorial FREE.

Walk the Malecón in Havana at sunset.

Enjoy your last night in Cuba.

Listen to a live Cuban band and go salsa dancing.

Food Your choice

Lodging Casa Particular $30

Day 10 Havana


vintage blue car havana cubaTransportation Take taxi to HAV José Marti International Airport $30

– 20 minutes from Old Havana

Depart Havana by plane and fly to your next destination.

Activities Send Good Vibes to the island and the people.


Recommended Guide Book For Cuba: Lonely Planet Cuba (Guide)


Safe Travels!

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Beverly is single mom to Bella, traveling and living abroad. Native to Sweet Home Alabama, her southern roots run deep and she naturally spreads seeds of hospitality. Visiting over 14 countries since 2010, the idea of Single Moms Adventure grew when she realized the need for community for adventurous single moms like herself. In her blog, she discusses how to earn money while traveling and living abroad as a single mom, provides resources on how to get started, reviews travel destinations and compiles them into nifty Travel Guides & designs easy-to-read, kid-friendly itineraries. Ready to go?

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