Best time to visit Cuba

The best time to visit Cuba is during the winter dry season from mid-November through to mid-April when the climate is cooler, averaging a high of 27°C (81°F) with minimal rainfall.

For hot weather, visit Cuba during mid-March to late-May, or from late-October to early-December.

Cuba is a year-round destination, but during May through October the weather is hot and sultry, with the likelihood of thunderstorms in the afternoon and evening.

June to November is the official hurricane season – and best avoided.

Cuba weather

In Cuba, the climate is hot tropical with a cooler dry season from mid-November to mid-April, and a muggy, wet season from late-April to early-November.

The climate is fairly uniform throughout the country with some minor variations. The most rain falls in the mountainous regions, where it is also cooler than the coastal lowlands.

Winter is warmer in the south-east of Cuba, than in the north-west, especially along the south coast (including Marea del Portillo, Santiago de Cuba, Guantánamo Bay and San Antonio del Sur), where you can experience warm summer-like temperatures from December to February.

What is the best month to visit Cuba?
The months of December through March are the best months to visit Cuba, since this is the least rainy time of year, with warm, sunny weather, mainly clear skies and good conditions for swimming.

November and April are also acceptable months.

Which is the hottest month in Cuba?
The hottest month in Cuba is usually August, with an average daily high temperature of 32°C (89°F) with high heat and humidity, and a low of 24°C (75°F).

The hot season lasts from June through September, with an average daily high temperature above 31°C (87°F).

Which is the coldest month in Cuba?
The coldest month in Cuba is January, with an average high temperature of 26°C (78°F) and an average low temperature of 18°C (64°F).

The cool season lasts from early-December through February, with an average daily high temperature below 27°C (80°F).

Which is the sunniest month in Cuba?
The sunniest month of the year in Cuba is usually March, with nine hours of bright sunshine per day; that's an average of 75% of daylight hours.

What is the humidity in Cuba?
Cuba experience little seasonal variation in perceived humidity, with approximate average relative humidity calculated at between 72% – 80% over the course of the year.

The more humid time of year lasts from late-March through to mid-December, when you can expect the comfort level to be muggy at least 60% of the time.

The months with the most muggy days in Cuba are May through October, when almost every day in each month is muggy or worse.

We derive the humidity comfort level from the dew point temperature, which measures moisture content in the air. A higher dew point feels muggy and uncomfortable.

January through March is slightly more comfortable, with around 14 days in each month that are muggy.

When is the sea warmest in Cuba?
The sea is usually at its warmest in Cuba in August when the water temperature reaches 30°C (86°F), which is pleasant for swimming.

The sea water is warm enough for swimming year-round in Cuba.

Which month has the most rain in Cuba?
October is usually the wettest month in Cuba with 170mm (7in) of rainfall on average. There are normally 11 days in October with some rainfall.

The wet season lasts from mid-May through to late-October, with a greater than 20% chance of any given day being a wet day, although rainfall is often limited to periodic showers and thunderstorms in the late afternoon or evening.

Which is the windiest month in Cuba?
The windiest month of the year in Cuba is November, with an average hourly wind speed of 18 kilometres per hour (10 knots; 12mph).

The windy part of the year lasts from mid-October through to mid-May, with average wind speeds of more than 16 kilometres per hour (9 knots; 11mph).

The less-windy time of year lasts from mid-May through to mid-October. The calmest month of the year in Cuba is August, with an average hourly wind speed of 13 kilometres per hour (7 knots; 9mph).

The predominant average hourly wind direction in Cuba is from the east throughout the year.

Is there a risk of a tropical storm in Cuba?
The likelihood of a tropical storm in Cuba is greatest during the wet season, with a risk of around 3% in September and October.

From June to November, it's the hurricane season in Cuba and the Caribbean. Tropical storms and cyclones usually come from the east.

Cuba Weather Averages

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Average daily max (°C)
27 27 28 29 30 31 32 32 32 30 28 27
Average daily min (°C)
18 19 19 21 22 24 24 24 24 23 21 19
Average daily sunshine (hrs)
7 7 9 9 8 8 9 8 7 6 7 6
Average daily daylight (hrs)
11 11 12 13 13 13 13 13 12 11 11 11
Comfort level
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Average relative humidity (%)
75 74 73 72 75 77 78 78 79 80 77 75
UV Index (max)
6 8 10 11 11 11 11 11 11 9 7 6
Average days of rainfall (≥1mm)
6 4 4 4 7 10 9 10 11 11 7 6
Average monthly rainfall (mm)
70 45 45 60 120 165 125 135 150 170 80 60
Average wind speed (km/h)
17 17 18 17 16 14 13 13 14 16 18 17
Average sea temperature (°C)
25 25 25 26 27 29 29 30 30 28 27 26
Havana, Cuba

Holiday seasons

High Season: November to April; Low season: From May to October, with discounts on hotels, car rentals and tours.

Note: Meteorological data for Cuba is based on weather statistics gathered for the 30-year period 1991 to 2020, and is sourced from the closest weather station, José Martí International Airport (HAV), located 16km (10mi) south of the capital, Havana. Additional climate data is sourced from the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Advice on the best time to visit a particular destination is based on average local weather statistics, when the weather conditions are generally better than at other times of the year. We consider high and low temperatures, risk of rain (and thunderstorms, etc.), amount of sunshine and sea temperature. For general outdoor activities we favour clear, rainless days with a temperature range between 18°C (64°F) and 27°C (80°F); and for hot-weather activities we favour clear, rainless days with a temperature range between 24°C (75°F) and 32°C (89°F). Often, the best times to visit correspond to high season and therefore involve higher prices.

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Latest update: Best time to visit Cuba: 1 March, 2024

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