When to go to Cuba

by SmarterTravel Staff

Cuba's perpetual warm weather makes it pleasant to visit nearly year-round. However, the most popular tourism time is during the winter season from December through March, when the weather is dry. The rest of the year tends to see more rain. Flights are also more frequent during the winter. Note: Americans are not authorized to buy goods and services related to Cuban travel, such as airline tickets or hotel rooms, even from a third-party country such as Canada and Mexico.

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  • high season: December to March, July to August
  • low season: May to June, September to October
  • shoulder season: November, April

Weather Information

Cuba's climate is moderately subtropical and predominantly warm throughout the year. Temperatures average 78 degrees, with 78 percent relative humidity and an average of 330 days of sunshine per year. Cuba has two seasons: a dry season from November through April and a rainy season from May through October. Hurricane season occurs from June through November. Small hurricanes affect Cuba on average every four years, and a large one every 10 years.

Crowd Information

Cuba sees more crowds from December through March. Visitors also come for special events such as the Casa de las Américas literary contest in January, the Havana International Ballet Festival over the summer, the Festival of New Latin American Cinema in December, and the International Jazz Festival in December.

Closure Information

Hotel, shops, and other attractions remain open throughout the year. The island of Cayo Largo typically closes for the summer, but remained open in 2005.

When to Save

The low season is the most economical time to visit since there are fewer crowds and less demand.

When to Book

Book several months in advance to ensure availability. Last-minute deals are available, but it can be risky to wait if booking for a specific time. There are a greater number of flights during the winter season, so there's better availability and more price options then.

Information provided by the Cuba Tourist Board in Canada.

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