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When to Come to Cuba

WHEN SHOULD I COME?

Cuba is always warm, but some times of the year are better to visit than others.

High season in Cuba is from November to March when skies are mainly clear and temperatures are pleasant; Christmas and New Year are particularly busy. There is also a spike from mid-July to late august when many Cubans are enjoying their summer holidays. During these peak periods hotel prices are 30% higher and casas particulares often charge a higher rate.

From May to September it’s hurricane season and you are more likely to experience rain and storms. April and October are the shoulder seasons and can be an excellent time to travel, as weather is pleasant and there are generally less visitors.

November-March: High tourist season, warm and dry. Accommodation prices higher than rest of the year and popular sites such as Havana, Viñales and Trinidad are busy.

April: Shoulder season, can be busy over Easter. Temperatures on the rise but still pleasant and dry. Fewer tourists.

May – September: Low/Hurricane season, rain and storms likely. The month of May can be very wet, though it’s considered good luck to get wet in the first May showers. July and August are particularly hot and humid and a popular time for Cubans to stay at beach resorts.

October: Shoulder season, mainly dry and pleasant, though there may be some rain leftover from hurricane season. Fewer tourists.

Visiting in low season

There are big benefits to visiting Cuba in low season (May, June, September), including lower prices and less tourists. Top resorts offer generous discounts, direct flight prices drop and excursions and activities are much cheaper. Popular destinations aren’t heaving with sightseers and beaches and natural sites like Topes de Collantes are strewn with visitors rather than stuffed.

The downside to low season is that these are very hot (32°C in western Cuba) and humid months, often with heavy rain showers and a higher risk of hurricanes. Some resorts close down altogether in low season and others reduce their services. Some popular sites and museums close early during low season and some excursions and activities have limited availability.