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Cuba has a warm tropical climate with two distinct seasons. The best time to visit is from December to May, when you can expect dry, sunny days and plenty of blue skies. The wet season begins in June and, previously, visitors to Cuba would have avoided travel entirely between August and October, when there is also a risk of hurricanes. However, as interest in visiting Cuba has increased, the subsequent pressure on hotel availability means many are now prepared to run the risk of unpredictable weather to see the country sooner rather than later, and visiting in low season will still be an atmospheric experience.

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Cuba has an intoxicating atmosphere whenever you choose to travel, but I particularly recommend March. The dry, sunny days are ideal for exploring before the mercury really begins to rise. Although you still need to plan far in advance, late March and the month of April (providing you avoid Easter) are not quite as crowded as January and February.

Chris, Latin America Specialist

Cuba Climate Guide

Destination Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Baracoa 28°C 218mm 28°C 144mm 29°C 143mm 30°C 150mm 30°C 289mm 32°C 173mm 32°C 192mm 32°C 200mm 32°C 191mm 31°C 359mm 29°C 331mm 28°C 340mm
Guardalavaca 27°C 70mm 27°C 44mm 29°C 46mm 29°C 50mm 30°C 113mm 31°C 86mm 32°C 44mm 32°C 68mm 32°C 95mm 31°C 160mm 29°C 154mm 28°C 77mm
Havana 26°C 64mm 26°C 54mm 28°C 44mm 29°C 59mm 30°C 117mm 31°C 177mm 32°C 123mm 32°C 131mm 31°C 165mm 30°C 174mm 28°C 77mm 27°C 54mm
Santiago de Cuba 29°C 51mm 30°C 34mm 30°C 48mm 31°C 69mm 32°C 163mm 32°C 117mm 33°C 77mm 33°C 99mm 33°C 123mm 32°C 219mm 31°C 92mm 30°C 51mm
Trinidad 28°C 22mm 28°C 33mm 30°C 31mm 31°C 45mm 32°C 146mm 32°C 220mm 33°C 145mm 33°C 180mm 32°C 213mm 31°C 163mm 29°C 48mm 28°C 17mm
Varadero 27°C 53mm 27°C 47mm 29°C 27mm 30°C 39mm 31°C 164mm 32°C 231mm 33°C 121mm 33°C 130mm 32°C 180mm 31°C 196mm 29°C 53mm 27°C 41mm
Viñales 26°C 61mm 26°C 62mm 28°C 57mm 30°C 84mm 31°C 175mm 31°C 230mm 32°C 185mm 32°C 210mm 31°C 218mm 30°C 152mm 28°C 73mm 27°C 50mm

Month-by-month guide to travelling in Cuba

Trinidad, Cuba

Visiting Cuba in August - October

While this is the wettest time of year in Cuba, it is unusual to experience consecutive days of persistent heavy rain. Temperatures will be at their most humid however, and there is a higher risk of hurricanes or tropical storms. More people than ever are visiting Cuba at this time, particularly if they cannot find hotel availability in the drier months and still wish to experience the country’s beauty and unique culture before any changes come into place.

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