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Best and Worst Months to Visit Havana

Cuban skies are mostly clear in the winter but often rainy in the summer. © Cuba Tourist Board
Cuban skies are mostly clear in the winter but often rainy in the summer. © Cuba Tourist Board
Despite political and economic issues that plague the nation, Cuba remains a popular tourist destination for Canadians, Europeans and a growing number of Americans.

Anyone planning a trip to Havana, the capital of Cuba, may be wondering when are the best and worst times to visit this Caribbean island nation.

Like many Caribbean destinations, Havana has a dry season during the winter and spring. But temperatures are sometimes a bit cool, especially at night and early mornings.

It also has a rainy season in the summer and fall during the annual Caribbean hurricane season. But temperatures are much warmer and ideal for beaches.

The best time to visit for a combination of warm temperatures and low risk of rain is spring. The worst time to visit is early fall.

Hot and Rainy Season


Like other Caribbean countries, Havana climate is tropical and mostly warm enough all year round. Still, the country is closer to the north and therefore may experience colder winters than its southern neighbors in the Caribbean.

Cuba is part of the traditional summer season in the northern hemisphere. This season lasts from May to October and has daytime temperatures in the upper 80s Fahrenheit or in the range of 25 to 30 degrees Celsius.

Throughout the hot season, humidity rarely falls below 70 percent and can often go much higher. There is often considerable rainfall during the summer. In fact, torrential rains aren’t uncommon, especially early in the season. The worst months for rain are June, September and October, according to the Cuban government’s Institute of Meteorology.

Cool and Dry Season


Havana monthly temperatures
Average monthly daytime temperatures for Havana. © 2019 Scott S. Bateman
The cool and dry season is the traditional winter and lasts from November to April.

Daytime temperatures cool to about 22-26 degrees Celsius or the upper 70s Fahrenheit. Nighttime temperatures often drop into the mid 60s Fahrenheit. Ocean temperatures are often too chilly for swimming, especially in the mornings. As expected, the air is often dry as rainfall is not common.

Hurricane Season


The annual Caribbean hurricane season lasts from June to November. It brings as many as a dozen or more tropical storms and hurricanes through the Caribbean region each year.

Havana averages six to seven inches of rain per month in September and October. They are the peak months of the hurricane season when hurricanes and tropical storms are most common. They rarely hit Havana or Cuba directly, but they bring heavy rains when they pass through the vicinity.

In the case of an impending hurricane, weather briefings are often giving in advance and travel agents notified so that visitors may delay their flights with early notice.

Hurricanes and tropical storms are usually more of a problem on the south coast of Cuba. Havana, which is on the north coast, is typically safe from the worst of them.

Anyone who is thinking about visiting Havana on vacation should consider avoiding it in September and October because they are the worst months to visit. Otherwise, they may want to take a last-minute vacation when the weather forecast looks clear.

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