Havana Travel Guide

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Best Times to Visit Havana

The best time to visit Cuba is between January and February. The island's location in the Caribbean affords warm temperatures year-round, with the average lows in Havana dipping to 65 degrees. Because of its location, there are really only two seasons in Havana: wet and dry. The dry season runs through "winter" in Cuba, (November to April) while the wet season (May to October) overlaps with hurricane season, making the likelihood of precipitation very high. But hurricanes in Cuba aren't common and if a storm of any kind were to strike, it would likely happen during August or September. Festivals of all kinds occur year-round. If you want to see Havana at its most colorful, visit in August during Carnival. If you want to see the city at its most political, attend the International Workers' Day at Revolution Square in Havana in May, where a speech is made by the president annually.

Weather in Havana

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Average Temperature (°F)
78.4
65.5
79
65.5
81.7
67.5
83.5
69.6
85.6
72.3
86.9
74.1
88.3
74.8
88.9
75.4
87.8
74.8
84.6
73.4
81.9
70.3
79.7
67.1
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec
Average Precipitation (in)
2.54
2.7
1.82
2.11
3.86
7.18
4.16
3.92
5.69
7.11
3.48
2.27
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec

Data sourced from the National Climatic Data Center

January-February

The dead of winter is actually considered to be high season in Havana – and for good reason. This time of year welcomes some of the island's most comfortable temperatures. The lows rarely dip below 65 degrees and the highs reach 79 degrees come February. What's more, because this is the dry season, there's little precipitation. But great weather always comes with a price. If you're planning to visit during this time, book a few months in advance and expect to find little to no deals for accommodations.

Key Events:

  • Havana International Book Fair (February)
  • Habanos Festival (February-March)

March-June

Sharing time with both the dry and wet season, March through June can be a mixed bag. March is still technically part of the high season, so expect pleasant weather and higher room rates. April, May and June yield lower lodging costs but the chance of rain increases tenfold. Come May, when the wet season starts, rainfall starts to significantly increase. June sees the most precipitation, with more than 7 inches of rainfall hitting the city. Plus, high temperatures begin to reach the upper 80s. On the bright side, these muggy conditions draw fewer tourists, meaning the city will be less crowded.

Key Events:

  • International Workers' Day (May)

July-August

These two months are also considered a popular time for visitors. The chance of rain decreases and Carnival is in August, so expect the city to be at its liveliest, if not living in one big party. Temperatures, however, are at their hottest, with highs hanging in the high 80s and the lows in the mid-70s. Humidity is also prevalent; stay hydrated and wear plenty of sunscreen.

Key Events:

  • Carnival (August)

September-December

After the crowds and rates of the high season start to peter out, travelers are left with the low and shoulder season prices. In the latter half of hurricane season, rain comes back in buckets, with an expected 5 to 7 inches in September and October. November and December slow down both in terms of rain and temperatures, with lows falling from the mid-70s to the low 70s and upper 60s. Highs throughout these months tend to stay in the 80s.

Key Events:

  • Days of Cuban Culture (October-November)
  • Havana International Ballet Festival (October-November)
  • International Festival of New Latin American Film (December)
  • Havana International Jazz Festival (December)

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