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When is the best time to visit Cuba?

The best time to visit Cuba is from December to May, during the dry season, when you can expect dry, sunny days and plenty of blue skies.

Cuba has a tropical climate with two distinct seasons. The dry season (December to May) sees warm, sunny days, with daytime temperatures of 26°C-31°C and 19°C-21°C at night.

The wet season begins in June. Previously, visitors to Cuba would have avoided travel entirely between August and October, when there is 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.

Visiting in the wet season will still be an atmospheric experience. Rainfall happens quickly and comes down hard, but it soon clears. The humidity is higher at this time of year, with temperatures around 28°C-33°C.

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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 11°C 217mm 13°C 170mm 13°C 173mm 15°C 89mm 17°C 50mm 19°C 19mm 21°C 5mm 21°C 15mm 21°C 30mm 18°C 95mm 14°C 215mm 11°C 226mm
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

Havana, 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
Callejon Hamel, Havana

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.
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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