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Best time to go to Cuba

The best time to visit Cuba to maximise the sunny days (and avoid the hurricanes).

The largest country in the Caribbean, Cuba is a heady cocktail of sun, sea, music and art.

With something to offer year-round, here’s the lowdown on the best time of the year to kickstart your Cuban adventure.

When is the best time to go to Cuba?

The ultimate best time to visit Cuba is during the dry season from December to February where you’ll get sunny days and pleasant temperatures.

For cheap breaks, heading to Cuba in late April to early May at the start of the rainy season is a great way to avoid the crowds and get better deals on flight prices and accommodation.

Cheapest time to fly to Cuba (Havana)

Overview

Cuba’s hot and sunny tropical climate has two distinct seasons: dry and wet. The dry season from December to February falls right inside the peak tourist seasons, which is from mid-December to mid-March. July to August is also high season as this is when school holidays are underway.

During the dry season you can participate in the Havana Jazz Festival. This is held yearly in December.

The rainy season starts to arrive in late April and storms are more frequent.

It is advisable to avoid visiting in September and October when hurricanes are most likely to occur, especially along the coast.


Best time to go to Cuba for:

  • Beaches: Visit from March to mid-April for warm and sunny weather minus the summer’s humidity and storms.
  • Sightseeing: December to February offers sunny days and cooler temperatures, which is perfect for roaming and taking in all this art-loving island has to offer.
  • Festivals: Don’t miss visiting Santiago for Carnival in July where more than a week full of celebrations will keep you busy. Havana’s renowned Jazz Festival is held in December and features plenty of musical events across the city.
  • Hiking: We recommend hiking during the dry season of November to April.

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