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The best time to go to Cuba is during the summer.

Cuba is known as the no-Winter island because it is warm to hot in the summer. Cuba has beautiful beaches and a warm climate.

It's best to check the weather forecasts before booking a trip during the June to November hurricanes. This is a busy time of year for local tourism in Cuba. Live music and cultural festivals can be found all year long.

Cuba is the largest island in the Caribbean.

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The November to March high season brings crowds and costly accommodations

Cuba is invaded by tourists from the north during the winter months. The island is used by more than 260 species of birds at this time of year. The prices of hotels and homestays go up around Christmas and New Years. Between December and February, weather fronts from the north can bring cold weather.

July and August are the hottest times to visit Cuba

The hottest time of the year to visit Cuba is in the summer months of July and August. Local schools are closed so expect busy hotels and beaches in popular tourist destinations such as Varadero. Booking accommodations and activities in advance is important.

April and October are best for fewer crowds

The weather in Cuba is warm by April and rainy in the summer. During Semana de la Victoria, when Cubans celebrate the island's victory over anti-Castro forces, beaches are less crowded. There is a surge in foreign visitors during Easter week.

This month is the best time to get a good deal because October is still hot but not as humid as the summer. There is a chance of a severe tropical storm before the season ends.

The low season months of May, June and September are best for budget travelers

The best time to go to Cuba is during the low season, when hotels and private homes are cheaper. If you want to reduce the risk of sunburn, lie in the sun between 11 am and 4 pm.

There's always a chance of a strong storm in June to November, so make sure to check the weather forecast. Music fans can go to Holgun in May and theater lovers can go to Havana in May.

Performers on stage play to a crowd in front of a Cuban flag
Look out for performances in January as Cuba celebrates the jazz festival © Julio-FotoVideo / Shutterstock

January draws music fans to the cities

There are cold fronts in January. jam sessions in cities such as Havana and Santiago de Cuba draw musicians and fans from all over the world. Hotels, transfers and tours are more expensive during peak season.

The festival is about jazz.

Diving conditions are ideal in February

February is the best time to scuba dive and snorkel on Cuba's south coast because of clear waters and sunny days. The peak tourist season is still going strong, so it's important to make reservations.

The Festival de la Salsa is one of the key events.

Birds migrate through Cuba in March

The best time to birdwatching in Cuba is in March when migratory birds fly through the country. The dry season is a great time to hike and ride a bike.

The Festival de la Trova "Pepe Snchez" is a key event.

April is usually a dry month

April has low season prices and almost empty beaches. One of the driest months of the year is perfect for outdoor activities and there are some big events.

The key events are Semana de la Cultura Baracoesa.

Marchers carry the Gay Pride rainbow-colored flag down a street
Join the Pride celebrations in May © PhotosByByron / Getty Images

The LGBTIQ+ community is celebrated in May

The best month for budget travelers coincides with the Conga Cubana contra la Homofobia y la Transfobia, a three-week celebration of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and queer community. There will be educational workshops, concerts, and conferences. Casas particulares have lower prices.

Da InternacionalContra la Homofobia is one of the key events.

June marks the start of hurricane season

June is the low season and the start of hurricanes, but you can still enjoy warm days on the beach with few other people. It's a good time to go to provincial festivals.

The key events are Festival Nacional de Chang, Jornada Cucalambeana, and Festival Internacional "Boleros de Oro".

July is school break and when Cuban families take their vacations

As Cuban families head to the coast on school breaks, there are going to be a lot of people sunbathing. One of the most popular festivals in Cuba is Santiago de Cuba.

The key events are Festival del Caribe and Fiesta del Fuego.

August is filled with music and festivals

Varadero hosts a fantastic music festival that combines the best of both worlds: jazz and soncubano, a Cuban music genre considered to be the foundation of modern salsa. The hotel rates go down after August 25.

The festival Varadero Josone Jazz and Son is one of the key events.

African American woman dancing on a white sand beach in Cuba
With warm year-round weather, there's no bad time to hit the beach in Cuba © AleksandarGeorgiev / Getty Images

The weather is usually stormy in September

Hurricane season in Cuba starts in September with a chance of storms even if there isn't a storm. Budget travelers can take advantage of cheaper prices on the beaches.

The Fiesta de Nuestra Seora de la Caridad del Cobre is a key event.

It's starting to cool down in October

The threat of tropical storms keeps people away from the heat. Ballet buffs and students pack Havana's theaters at the end of the month.

Fiesta de la Cultura Iberoamericana is one of the key events.

Visitor numbers increase again in November

The end of the year brings cooler days and a rise in the cost of lodging. Visitor numbers are increasing making it harder to book a rental car. The Marabana Marathon is held around the time of Havana's anniversary celebrations.

Fiesta de los Bandos Rojo y Azul is one of the key events.

December is the most expensive time to stay in Cuba

December is the most expensive month of the year at resorts and homes. There is a film festival in Havana and fireworks in Parrandas and Charangas. Usually the weather is dry and sunny.

The main events are Festival Internacional del Nuevo Cine Latinoamericano, Las Parrandas de Remedios, and Procesin de San Lzaro.

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