Best time to visit Cuba

The best time to visit Cuba is during the high season. The high season is from mid-December to mid-April, when there are more dry days, more sunshine and less humidity. The season for hurricanes and tropical storms begins in August and can go on until the end of November. A serious hurricane does not come every year by any means, but in the last few years there have been several storms that have caused flooding and damage to houses and crops. There are also variations in climate on the island: it is hotter and drier in Santiago than in Havana, and wetter and cooler in the mountains than in the lowlands.

Northeast trade winds temper the heat, but summer shade temperatures can rise to 33°C (91.4°F) in Havana, and higher elsewhere, particularly Santiago where it can be unbearably hot in July and August. In winter, day temperatures drop to 20°C (68°F) and there are a few cold days, 8-10°C (45° -50°F), with a north wind. Average rainfall is from 860 mm in Oriente, the east, to 1730 mm in Havana; it falls mostly in the summer and autumn, but there can be torrential rains at any time. Walking is uncomfortable in summer but most offices, hotels, leading restaurants and cinemas are air conditioned.

This is edited copy from Footprint Handbooks. For comprehensive details (incl address, tel no, directions, opening times and prices) please refer to book or individual chapter PDF
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