The best time to visit Cuba

The weather in Cuba

Cuba is the largest island in the Caribbean, bordering both the Caribbean as well as the Atlantic Ocean. The north-easterly trade winds provide strong, constant breezes in this tropical climate. The weather in Cuba can be divided into a rainy season and a dry season. The rainy season lasts from May until October, while the dry season lasts from November until April. Another feature of the Cuban climate are the tropical storms that tend to develop in June until November. The average temperature is between 25°C – 30°C, and there aren’t really any fluctuations in temperature between seasons, or even during day and night. Take a look at the table below – it presents all the essential data in terms of temperatures, rainy days, sunshine hours and water temperature.

Climate data for Cuba

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Max. temperature in °C 26 27 28 30 31 32 32 32 31 30 28 27
Min. temperature in °C 17 17 18 19 21 23 23 23 23 22 19 18
Sunshine hours per day 7 7 7 8 9 9 9 8 7 6 7 6
Water temperature in °C 25 24 25 26 27 27 28 28 28 28 27 27
Rainy days per month 3 3 3 4 6 9 8 8 7 6 4 4

Overview

The best time to visit Cuba

The weather in Cuba features summer temperatures all year round. With around 200 sunshine hours in the year and an average temperature of 25 – 30°C, Cuba is a destination that can be visited no matter what time of year. However, many holidaymakers see the winter months as the best time to visit Cuba. The dry season takes place from November until April, and there’s either very little or no rain during this time – maybe only 3 to 4 days with rain as a maximum!

The best months to visit Cuba at a glance:

  • November: 28°C, 7 sunshine hours, 27°C  water temp., 4 rainy days, 80% humidity
  • December: 27°C, 6 sunshine hours, 27°C water temp., 4 rainy days, 81% humidity
  • January: 26°C, 7 sunshine hours, 25°C water temp., 3 rainy days, 77% humidity
  • February: 27°C, 7 sunshine hours, 24°C water temp., 3 rainy days, 77% humidity
  • March: 28°C, 7 sunshine hours, 25°C water temp., 3 rainy days, 72% humidity
  • April: 30°C, 7 sunshine hours, 26°C water temp., 4 rainy days, 72% humidity

With highs of 28°C during the dry season, you’ve got the perfect conditions for a beach holiday in Cuba. If temperatures drop, such as during the nights, for example, it’ll be only just under 20°C. And swimming in the sea is absolutely gorgeous too – water temperatures will be at the 25°C mark! During the winter months you’ve got around 6 – 7 sunshine hours, so use the opportunity to stock up on a bit of sun and feel energised! The dry season is ideal for a little city break to the capital, Havana – it’s a nice way to change things up from the beaches and get to know the country and its people a bit better. Temperatures aren’t too hot, so you can enjoy walks through the city and soak up those Cuban rhythms and beautiful music all around. Another advantage of the dry season in Cuba is the air humidity, where it’s lower in the winter than it is during the summer. During the rainy season, the average air humidity is at around 80%, which can be a bit too much for some people.

However, a holiday to Cuba during the dry season does come with the disadvantage of higher prices. From November and April, flights and hotels are considerably more expensive than other times of the year, since holidaymakers from all over the world will be coming here. But you can’t blame them really – wouldn’t you rather be spending your winter on the beaches of Cuba than stuck at home braving the cold? ;)

Even if the dry season is considered the best time to visit Cuba, the rainy season is also a great time to visit this wonderful island. If you don’t mind the humidity, you’ll be able to enjoy far more reasonable prices for your Cuba holiday. But if you think that a holiday during the rainy season is going to be nothing but downpours, then keep on reading – I’ll give you a little overview of what the rainy season means!

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The rainy season in Cuba

Many people associate the rainy seasons with days of endless downpours and showers. But in actual fact, you’ll find that it’s not really the case – and this applies not just to Cuba, but for many other tropical countries too. Sure, if you’re in Cuba you will have an increased chance of rain. But when it does rain, it’ll normally be for just a few minutes or even up to an hour or two. And it’s dead easy to spot when the rain is coming too since the clouds will darken the sky and give you a bit of warning to fetch your umbrella in time. So really, don’t be worried about being stranded beneath a parasol all day. You still have all the opportunity in the world to get a bit of sunbathing done during your holiday to Cuba during the rainy season.

So, if you don’t mind the high humidity or even a few extra mosquitos, then the months from May until October can be a good alternative. And the prices will be at their lowest during the time, so you can enjoy some fantastic value on your holiday while you’re at it! June is the wettest month with around 9 days with rain, and it also marks the beginning of the hurricane season.

The hurricane season in Cuba

The months of June to October are considered the hurricane season in Cuba. The risk of a tropical storm is higher during this time of the year, and there’s an early warning system in place to keep locals and tourists informed in good time. As soon as a hurricane forms over the Atlantic, there will be a warning issued, and you can expect precautions to be taken should the hurricane move towards the island. However, it’s very rare that the hurricane should make landfall in Cuba and cause heavy destruction or disruption. However, you should just keep this risk in mind while you’re there!

The weather in Cuba – regional differences

The climate across the island is pretty similar no matter where you go, though there are a few regions where the temperature can change somewhat. Take the highlands of Cuba for example – the mountains are often a lot cooler and see a lot more rain than in flatter regions. In fact, temperatures can drop down to 0°C, and you will be more likely to see rain showers that seem to just go on and on. The average yearly temperature up in the mountains is about 20°C. The coastal regions also show some small differences. The Guantanamo Bay area (the actual bay, not the prison!) is the driest area in Cuba, with possible temperatures of up to 40°C. Meanwhile, in the west of Cuba, cool winds from North America keep the area nice and fresh during the autumn and winter.

The best time to visit Cuba – my verdict

To sum it up nice and shortly, the best time to visit Cuba really can come down to personal preferences, budget and even factors like how well you deal with humidity. If you don’t mind high temperatures and humid air, then you could go on holiday to Cuba during our summer months, especially if you don’t mind the extra bit of rain or the higher chance of hurricanes. Holidays to Cuba from May until October are considerably cheaper. If you don’t want to leave any weather to chance and have a larger budget at your disposal, then the dry season from November until April will be the best time to visit Cuba for you. The humidity is a lot more bearable and temperatures are nice and tropical without being too hot. But of course this is the more popular time to visit Cuba, so expect higher prices! However, one thing is for sure – a holiday to Cuba is always worth it no matter what time of year you go!

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