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Trinidad, Cuba
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Best Time to Cruise to Cuba

Know when is the best to go on a cruise to Cuba.

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Cuba, the largest Caribbean island is a fascinating country that charms tourists with its perfect winter weather, hundreds of white sandy beaches, and turquoise seas. The cobblestone streets of its capital Havana, dramatic landscapes of Viñales Valley, and colonial charm of Trinidad are the highlights of this least expensive country that wins the hearts of tourists.

Cuba experiences warm temperature year-round, making it comfortable for tourists, but there are certain seasons which are considered ideal to enjoy the beauty of Cuba.

The Best Time to Take a Cruise to Cuba

Peak Season

January and February are recognized as the best time to visit Cuba. Temperatures are comfortable ranging between a high of around 79 degrees Fahrenheit and lows that normally stay above 65. This is one of the driest times of the year for Cuba and the precipitation is low. Another spectacular highlight of traveling to Cuba during December is the Havana Jazz Festival which is celebrated in December. This is a big event and several formal concerts are held over many venues.

If you are planning to book a cruise to Cuba during this time of the year, it is recommended that you make your bookings at least 12 months in advance.

Low Season

The shoulder season in Cuba is between May and June. At this time of the year, the rain is approaching however, sunshine can still be enjoyed. The weather in July and August is not that comfortable as these are the hottest months of the year for Cuba. The temperature hovers around 80 degrees Fahrenheit on the upper side and 75 degrees Fahrenheit on the lower side. September and October are the wettest part of the year in Cuba with approximately 6 inches of rainfall being experienced in September and over 7 inches in October. The heat and humidity, therefore, make it an unpleasant environment for the tourists. If you sail to Cuba between August and October, there is also a risk of experiencing hurricanes. However, many tourists still visit Cuba at this time of the year to experience a different climate and to enjoy the cost benefits of visiting in the low season.

Festivals in Cuba

Cuba remains a magical country to visit any time of the year because of its celebratory culture. Festivals are celebrated around the year and you can plan your cruise to Cuba around the festivals that best suit your interest. If music fascinates you, plan your visit around January and participate in the Festival de la Trova Longina. And, if you are a cigar lover, you must book your cruise to Cuba during February/March so that you can be a part of Festival del Habano, which is Cuba's most important festival for cigars. Cigar lovers from all over the world yearn to be a part of this very famous festival. Havana World Music Festival and the Caribbean Dance Biennial are other popular festivals organized in the month of March.


Going on a cruise to Cuba is a dream vacation for many and if it's on your bucket list too, it is high time you make your booking. While anytime is a gala time to be in Cuba, it is particularly exciting to be in Cuba during January and February. Other times of the year too, the weather is warm and fairly comfortable and there are plenty of engaging highlights to make your vacation worth it. Key West and the Bahamas are the warm island destination you must include in your itinerary.

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