Situated midway between Santiago de Cuba and Santa Clara,Camagüey makes an ideal stopover for a day or two. Renowned for its colonial architecture, nature reserves, earthen pots and twisting streets, you’ll want to explore Camagüey for days on end. But even if you only have 24 hours, you can still get a taste of what the island’s third largest city has to offer.
Looking for an authentic Cuban experience devoid of tourist traps and big resorts? Head to the eastern city of San Isidoro de Holguin, where industrial meets tropical. Though Holguin is Cuba’s fourth largest city, a day is the perfect amount of time to explore its colonial-era buildings and open spaces that have inspired the nickname “City of Parks.”
Savannah is one of the oldest cities in the country, and it has a lot to offer on top of St. Patrick’s Day and Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. You’ll likely arrive later in the day on Friday, so hit the ground running to get as much out of your weekend as possible.
If it’s picturesque beaches and beautiful sprawling resorts you seek, the Dominican Republic is an ideal choice. As far as Caribbean destinations go, the DR is big—really big—so read on to learn more about each of the country’s main cities before you decide where to land.