Best Time to Visit Cuba

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On this page, you will find information about the climate and the best time to visit Cuba. We created climate tables and charts for the locations of Havana, Holguin und Trinidad. These contain details about temperatures, precipitation and more.

Furthermore, we analyzed all climate data and provide a recommendation about which months are best to visit Cuba for your holiday.

Climate Overview

Thermometer Symbol 17 °C to 32 °C
Waves Symbol 24 °C to 30 °C
Rainy Cloud Symbol 0.718.19 in (2 – 14 Days of Rain)
Average Annual Temperature is between 24.5 °C (Cayo Santa Maria) and 25.2 °C (Trinidad)
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General & Geography

Cuba (Spanish: República de Cuba) is a Caribbean island state in the Greater Antilles and consists of an archipelago of over 4000 larger and smaller islands.

With over 65000 square miles, the main island of Cuba is the largest island in the entire Caribbean. The distance to the American mainland (Key West) is only 96 miles at the next point.

Nevertheless, there are still worlds between the former arch-enemies Cuba and the USA. It is only slowly that the embargo, which has lasted for decades, is being approximated and gradually lifted.

Cuba’s highest mountain is Pico Turquino with a height of 1974 metres. The largest city of the island state is the capital Havana with over 2 million inhabitants. Apart from Havana, the most important tourist regions are Varadero, the Cayo Coco, the Valle de Viñales and Holguin on the north coast of Cuba.

Climate in Cuba

Guapas Coloridas (Alex Schwab)  [flickr.com]  CC BY-ND 
License Information available under 'Proof of Image Sources' The climate in Cuba is typical for the Caribbean and can be described as tropical to subtropical. Consequently, there are no classical seasons in Cuba as we are used to in Europe. The temperatures are relatively constant, the difference between the coldest month and the warmest month is only about 5 °C.

Due to the influence of the north-east trade wind, two seasons in particular can be distinguished in Cuba. The dry season with comparatively low rainfall runs from November to April, the hotter and much wetter rainy season starts in May and ends slowly at the end of October.

This period of the rainy season also includes the hurricane season, which can cause tropical cyclones, some of which can cause severe devastation, especially between June and October. Statistically, July and August are the hottest months in Cuba, and they also have very high humidity levels.

In the course of climate change, shifts and irregularities have repeatedly occurred in recent years. Recently, for example, there were quite dry September and October weeks, while there was particularly heavy rain in November. The water temperature is suitable for swimming all year round.

Best Time to Visit Cuba: Overview

JanuaryJan
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MayMay
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JuneJun
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hot and rather wetmostly hot and wet
JulyJul
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very hot, rather wet (yet main season)very hot, high humidity
AugustAug
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very hot, rather wet (yet main season)very hot, high humidity
SeptemberSep
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hot, high humidityhot, high humidity
OctoberOct
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NovemberNov
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DecemberDec
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When is the best time to travel to Cuba?


Despite its rainy and hurricane season, Cuba is also a very popular destination during the summer months. With the restrictions and risks mentioned above, Cuba can therefore easily be described as a year-round destination, as many travellers do not let the rain spoil their holiday fun.

In addition, unstable weather conditions and rainy days can also occur during the dry season in winter. In general, however, the humidity outside the summer is much more pleasant and the temperatures are no longer perceived as oppressive.

We therefore recommend the period from November to April as the best travel season for Cuba. Above all the time around Christmas and New Year’s Eve as well as over the Easter holidays is on Cuba however absolute high season with accordingly high overnight accomodation prices and many visitors.

Especially in November and from mid-January to mid-March, those who are not dependent on school holidays will find an ideal travel season with a very good price-performance ratio.

Best Time to Visit the Regions

Find the best time to visit the regions (Cuba) in the following overview.

LocationBest Time to Travel
Havanaall except October
HolguinJanuary, February, March, April, November, and December
TrinidadJanuary, February, March, April, November, and December
VaraderoJanuary, February, March, April, November, and December
Cayo Santa MariaJanuary, February, March, April, November, and December

Climate Charts Cuba

In the following, you will find climate charts for the regions.

Furthermore, there are some charts you can use for quick comparison of climate between the regions.

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Havana

Climate Chart Havana
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Holguin

Climate Chart Holguin
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Trinidad

Climate Chart Trinidad
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Day Temperatures

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Night Temperatures

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Average Temperatures

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Water Temperatures

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Precipitation

Hours of Sunshine per Day

Source of Data: German Weather Service (Offenbach) and Wikipedia

Climate Tables Cuba

In the following, you will find some climate tables for Cuba, containing information about Temperatures, Precipitation, Water Temperatures, and Hours of Sunshine.
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Temperatures, Precipitation, Sunshine in Havana (Cuba)

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Day Temperature26°26°28°29°30°31°31°32°31°29°28°27°
Night Temperature19°19°20°21°22°23°24°24°24°23°21°20°
Water Temperature25°24°24°26°27°27°28°28°28°28°27°27°
Precipitation (inch)2.441.811.811.934.295.944.414.296.267.012.761.89
Hours of Sunshine779988988676
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Temperatures
The annual average temperature in Havana is 24.7 °C.

For comparison: London 11 °C, NYC 12 °C, LA 17.9 °C

Warmest month: August (27.4 °C)
Coldest month: January (21.6 °C)

The maximum water temperature in Havana is 28 °C. You can take a bath at these temperatures.

Months with water temperature of at least 21 °C (adequate for beach vacation):
all months

Precipitation
Overall annual precipitation: 44.84 inch

For comparison: London 24.06 in, NYC 41.57 in, LA 12.01 in

Rainy season (months with more than 6.9 in of precipitation): October
Overall precipitation in the rainy season: 7.01 in

You cannot expect snow in any month in Havana.

Sunshine
As our climate table shows, April is the sunniest month with an average of 9.1 hours of sunshine per day. Over the year, there are 7.8 hours of sunshine per day on average. For comparison: London has 4.1, NYC has 7 and LA has 8.9 hours of sunshine per day on average.

Temperatures, Precipitation, Sunshine in Holguin (Cuba)

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Day Temperature26°28°29°30°31°31°31°32°31°29°28°27°
Night Temperature18°18°19°20°21°22°23°23°22°21°20°19°
Water Temperature27°27°28°28°28°29°29°30°30°30°29°28°
Precipitation (inch)1.771.381.812.526.935.672.914.375.475.873.391.65
Rainy days445614111112131475
Hours of Sunshine8899991099887
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Temperatures
The annual average temperature in Holguin is 24.9 °C.

Warmest month: August (27.3 °C)
Coldest month: January (22 °C)

The maximum water temperature in Holguin is 30 °C. You can take a bath at these temperatures.

Months with water temperature of at least 21 °C (adequate for beach vacation):
all months

Precipitation
Overall annual precipitation: 43.74 inch on 106 rainy days

Rainy season (months with more than 6.9 in of precipitation): May
Overall precipitation in the rainy season: 6.93 in

You cannot expect snow in any month in Holguin.

Sunshine
As our climate table shows, July is the sunniest month with an average of 10 hours of sunshine per day. Over the year, there are 8.4 hours of sunshine per day on average.

Temperatures, Precipitation, Sunshine in Trinidad (Cuba)

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Day Temperature28°28°29°29°31°32°32°32°32°31°28°28°
Night Temperature17°18°18°20°21°22°23°23°22°22°19°19°
Water Temperature25°24°24°26°27°27°28°28°28°28°27°27°
Precipitation (inch)0.710.831.11.266.56.934.066.065.164.651.50.87
Rainy days23349121113131042
Hours of Sunshine899999998898
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Temperatures
The annual average temperature in Trinidad is 25.2 °C.

Warmest month: August (27.6 °C)
Coldest month: January (22.6 °C)

The maximum water temperature in Trinidad is 28 °C. You can take a bath at these temperatures.

Months with water temperature of at least 21 °C (adequate for beach vacation):
all months

Precipitation
Overall annual precipitation: 39.61 inch on 86 rainy days

Rainy season (months with more than 6.9 in of precipitation): June
Overall precipitation in the rainy season: 6.93 in

You cannot expect snow in any month in Trinidad.

Sunshine
As our climate table shows, July is the sunniest month with an average of 9.4 hours of sunshine per day. Over the year, there are 8.7 hours of sunshine per day on average.

Highlights and Sights


Even if the coasts of Cuba lure with great resorts and beaches, a pure hotel vacation is almost a bit a pity. The capital Havana alone captivates every traveller with its somewhat morbid charm. The old town of Habana Viejo as well as the Plaza de Catedral are a must!

In the old colonial city of Trinidad, the bear is literally stepping. Hardly a day goes by without a street festival with live music in the narrow alleys with the colourful houses. If you come to Varadero, don’t miss the cool caves of Saturno Cave.

Among the most beautiful beaches in Cuba are Guardalavaca Beach (Holguin), Santa Maria Beach, Cayo Guillermo, Sirena Beach and Playa Paraiso (Cayo Largo) as well as the world famous Varadero Beach.

More information about the best things to do: Cuba

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Current Weather and Forecast

Current Weather in Havana
few clouds     few clouds, 16 °C
Clouds: 20 %       Wind: 2 mph ONO
Air Pressure: 1016 hPa       Humidity: 93 %
Last updated: 19th Dec 2018, 12:55 pm
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20th Dec 201821st Dec 201822nd Dec 201823rd Dec 201824th Dec 201825th Dec 2018
moderate rain24 °C to 28 °Cfew clouds24 °C to 25 °Clight rain20 °C to 23 °Csky is clear19 °C to 27 °Clight rain24 °C to 26 °Clight rain23 °C to 29 °C
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Clouds: 56 %Clouds: 24 %Clouds: 31 %Clouds: 0 %Clouds: 9 %Clouds: 31 %
0.36 in of rainNo Precipitation0.07 in of rainNo Precipitation0.02 in of rain0.05 in of rain
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Important Regions and Cities

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Caribbean: Regions

Cuba is part of the holiday destination Caribbean. We analyzed the climate for additional regions, in order to provide you with information about the best time to visit and the expected holiday weather:

Cuba: Experiences of our Visitors

There are 10 reviews for Cuba holiday already. Average rating is 4.5 of 5 stars.
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    Maria, 31 years old was there in December

    It was nice and warm on almost every day and not so hot that it would have been difficult. On average it was 26 degrees in the shade, thus truly a pampering program for skin, soul and health. In Santiago de Cuba it was of course a bit hotter, but also there we fared very well. In fact, it rained heavily in both Havana and SdC on three days, but only on one evening it was so bad that it was impossible to go outside. I would repeat this holiday at any time, because it was many hours of sunshine every day and usually the air was fresh enough to be very active.

    Weather Rating: 5 stars – Excellent

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    Jennifer, 22 years old was there in January

    The weather was great every day! Although it rained only twice within 2 weeks the country was still very green. During the day it was very warm only the nights became occasionally somewhat fresh.

    Weather Rating: 5 stars – Excellent

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    Leonie, 20 years old was there in January

    it was mostly sunny with over 25 degrees, one day only rain and otherwise cloudy. Very pleasant climate for excursions.

    Weather Rating: 4 stars – Good

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    Bärbel, 62 years old was there in May

    A good travel season, before the rainy season. Day temperatures around 29 to 33 degrees Celsius, within two weeks 4-5 hours of rain. Ideal.

    Weather Rating: 4 stars – Good

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    Gabriele, 59 years old was there in February

    Sunny and warm throughout, water temperature approx. 25 degrees, air temperature approx. 28 degrees.

    Weather Rating: 5 stars – Excellent

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    Kirsten, 72 years old was there in April

    Predominantly sunny. The wind was pleasant. Rare showers. Very good for sightseeing and bathing holidays

    Weather Rating: 4 stars – Good

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    Sabine, 34 years old was there in December

    Great weather on our Cuba tour over Christmas. A truly unforgettable trip at pleasant temperatures, not too hot but pleasantly warm

    Weather Rating: 5 stars – Excellent

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    Renate, 55 years old was there in February

    Despite the forecast around 28 to 30 degrees we already had stormy, wet and cold 24 degrees on arrival, felt 15 degrees through the gusty wind. After 2 days it got better, so that we experienced 35 degrees and standing heat especially in the south of Cuba, the city of Trinidad. All in all a charming island with charming and charming people who live very modestly.
    I would like to win the voucher for the upcoming Buenos Aires holiday.

    Weather Rating: 3 stars – Mixed

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    Petra, 51 years old was there in February

    A dream of blue skies, warm as summer, but not too hot.

    Weather Rating: 5 stars – Excellent

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    Lisa, 29 years old was there in January

    were in havana and on the beach of the caya coco in november 2015 – the weather couldn’t have been better! you should only think of enough sun cream, otherwise your back will turn fiery red after a short time.

    Weather Rating: 5 stars – Excellent

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