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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Month-by-month guide to travelling in Cuba
Visiting Cuba in November - April
Cuba’s dry season brings the sunniest days and pleasant temperatures, making it a wonderful time to visit. Early planning for visiting Cuba is now essential year-round, but this becomes all the more important during the dry season. You should begin planning a minimum of nine months in advance for this period in general, but at least 12 months in advance if you wish to visit between December and February or over Easter.
Events & Festivals
- Havana’s Jazz Festival (December): This is a big event in the city, with formal concerts taking over many venues, but also the odd impromptu performances to be found. Read more »
Visiting Cuba in May - July
Although this is the official start of Cuba’s wet season, the heaviest rains do not usually arrive until August or late July. The main change during this time is a rapid increase in temperatures; particularly in Havana and Santiago.
Events & Festivals
- Labour Day (1st May): This is a big event in Cuba, marked by a national holiday, political rallies and processions in the streets of Havana.
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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Cuba Climate Guide
|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|
Trip ideas and travel guides to exploring Cuba
Chris, Latin America Specialist
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.