When to visit Cuba

Cuba basically has only two seasons, rainy and dry. The dry season lasts from November to April when temperatures are generally between 24 and 27 degrees C. The rainy season lasts from May to October and is overall a slightly warmer period in Cuba.

Cuba also has its annual hurricane season, which lasts from June to the end of October with generally September and October being the peak months. Although there is a lot more rain during these months, hurricanes in Cuba are rarely a serious problem – they may affect your travel plans, but it’s highly unusual for them to cause a risk to life. Cuba is aware of the risk of hurricanes and is well prepared and organised to deal with them should one occur, with excellent evacuation procedures, in which tourists are given the highest priority.

Speaking of tourists, the season in Cuba runs from December through to March, with considerable price spikes over Christmas and Easter as well as more crowded beaches and resorts.

Here’s a breakdown of Cuba month by month to better help plan your trip.

January and February

In Cuba this is peak tourist season, which means a high demand for accommodation, car hire and other activities which need to be booked well in advance. On the other hand, this is the perfect time for ocean lovers, with clear and calm seas that are perfect for snorkelling and diving.

March and April

March is the ideal month for those who like wildlife and nature, especially birdwatching. The weather is perfect for cycling, hiking and other outdoor activities during these months and, with the exception of Easter, both months are also good value for money.

May

Perhaps the ideal month for those looking for special deals and discounts, as the weather is great, the Cubans are yet to start their holidays and the tourists have finished their Easter retreat and left the island.

June

The start of the hurricane season- but prices are still low. During this month the heat and humidity starts to rise and many travellers stay away from the island.

July and August

Heat and humidity are now at their peak and Cubans start their holiday period – which means that both beaches and hotels are packed with local people.

September and October

This is peak hurricane season, so hotels and beaches are all but empty (with some places closed down completely) and prices are at their lowest.

November and December

As soon as the hurricane season ends in October, more and more tourists start coming to Cuba – and so, obviously, prices start to rise as well. Christmas is a peak time to visit, and hotels are booked solid during this period – so be sure to make your reservations well in advance.