Playa Ancon, Trinidad de Cuba Photo by neiljs via Flickr Creative Commons

Cuba’s subtropical climate means that it is generally hot and humid throughout the year. There are some variations in temperature and some areas see more rain than others, but in general, tourists can expect warm and sticky weather.

The Cuban summer spans the months of June to August and can be unbearably hot. Temperatures during this time can reach highs of 100°F while the humidity hovers between 75 and 95 percent. This is also the busiest time of the year as it coincides with many Cuban festivals.

May to October marks the rainy season with every day seeing at least one moderate shower. The real danger comes in October when hurricane season begins with November experiencing the most aggressive storms. Cuba’s winter runs from January to April, but temperatures don’t tend to drop below 50°F.

Best Time to Visit Cuba

Cuba can become quite packed around the summer in July and August mainly because of the festivities that take place during this period and because it coincides with European school holidays. Prices skyrocket and accommodation can be difficult to find. Temperatures during this time can become sweltering, as can the humidity.

The best time to visit Cuba is probably during the country’s winter from January to May. The weather is cooler, crowds dissipate (except for the rush around Easter) and the dangerous hurricane season has completely passed.

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