In 2016, for the first time in more than 50 years, commercial flights from Miami, New York and other U.S. destinations became bookable to Cuba, opening up the island to a new generation of American travelers. As savvy travelers are already thinking of planning a trip in 2017, the big question might be: when is the best time to visit Cuba? Our staff at Cuba Travel Network is here to tell you.
To enjoy the warm weatherSome like it hot. For those who don’t, Helen Hernández, a Commercial Executive at Cuba Travel Network, tips us on when to visit for the weather-conscious: August is the hottest month of the year, while February is the coolest month of the year. Helen: “April is the best month to visit, because it’s not too hot, and it’s not too cold, and it falls outside hurricane season. Still, no matter what month you choose, my advice is to bring an umbrella!”
To avoid touristsLuis Orlando, Cuba Travel Network’s Reservations Manager, recommends booking “as early as possible!” And he’s not just saying that because reservations are his job. If you want to avoid tourists, consider visiting between May and October, keeping in mind that new airline routes mean the destination is seeing many tourists year-round. Luis: “While high season in Cuba is typically from November until April, Cuba is a popular destination right now, so we haven’t seen much of a ‘low season’ in recent years.”
To experience the cultureSenior Sales Agent Elio Sauri recommends visiting Cuba when something big is on. Here are some of his favorites:
- Romerías de Mayo in Holguín, an annual event in May put on by the Hermanos Saíz Association, a 30-year-old organization that hosts cultural events and oversees creative projects from visual arts to literature to music.
- Festival del Caribe in Santiago de Cuba, an annual event in July that brings thousands of artists and intellectuals from neighboring Caribbean nations to Cuba. All cultures are merged together with folk art, traditions and expressions of identity of indigenous Caribbean people and their roots.
- The Havana Biennial, which will take place next in November 2018 (because it’s never too early to plan ahead), focuses not on Western art, but rather on artists from the south, whose works represent concerns and conflicts that are common to their regions, but also universal in scope. Virtually every hotel room will be booked and every available car will be rented, so travelers should look into reserving as early as possible.