August is typically the hottest month to visit Cuba. As it’s also heading into hurricane season, there is a higher chance that you could face some adverse weather conditions. However, if you’re willing to chance the bad weather, you’ll be rewarded with cheap flights and low accommodation costs. Here’s everything you need to know about visiting Cuba in August.
August is right in the middle of the rainy season in Cuba. These warm, tropical downpours will typically be heavy but short-lived. So you needn’t worry about relentless rain during August. Once the rain has stopped and the sun comes out again, you can expect a spike in humidity. This sub-tropical climate is what makes the landscape lush and beautiful, so August is one of the best times of year to get out and explore the countryside.
If you can handle the higher temperatures and the soaring humidity, expect to find cheaper flights and holidays throughout August. As it’s the summer holidays, families are more likely to flock to the all-inclusive resorts. Independent travellers can enjoy
The midday heat in Cuba can be relentless, so you’ll want to plan most of your outdoor activities for the morning when the weather is more manageable. Pack a high factor sunscreen and keep your head and shoulders covered up when possible.
The rainy season in Cuba runs from May to mid-November. During this time, you can expect rainfall to be higher than it would be during the winter months or the dry season. However, don’t let this put you off. Rain in Cuba is not like anything you would experience in Europe or North America. As a sub-tropical region, you can expect tropical downpours which quickly clear up and make way for blue skies and sunshine. There is a higher risk of experiencing a hurricane during August, so you should take this into considering when booking your trip. Some outdoor excursions may be closed due to adverse weather conditions.
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Cuba is a sub-tropical country located between the Equator and the Tropic of Cancer. The weather in Cuba in August is likely to be hot, humid and rainy. Young children might struggle with the humidity so it would be best to plan outdoor activities for the cooler mornings and then plan to be inside during the hottest part of the day.
Temperatures in Cuba can often exceed 30°C in August. In Havana, the average temperature will be around 27°C but it could get as high as 32°C. Heading East, the temperature in Holguin will be between 23°C and 33°C. On the Southern coast of the island, the Cuba weather in August is likely to be around 24°C to 32°C. And finally, in Trinidad, expect temperatures between 24°C and 33°C. With humidity, these temperatures can feel much higher.
Many Cubans take their vacation in August, so you might find that more places are closed and excursions are limited. That said, there’s still plenty to keep you entertained around Havana in August.
The Festival Internacional de Rap “Habana Hip Hop” is an annual event that has been running since the 90s. It attracts rap and hip-hop artists from around the world and all over Cuba. Expect music, dance, graffiti exhibitions, film and discussions about controversial topics impacting Cuban life.
A favourite event in the Vamos Cuba calendar is the Cubadanza festival. This dance festival features workshops in contemporary dance from leading dancers. We recommend visiting in August if you plan to enjoy a dance course as you can combine it with workshops from Cubadanza.
You can also catch a Vamos Cuba group tour, or create your bespoke Cuban experience with a private tour. Here are our picks of the best things to do in Cuba in August with Vamos Cuba.
It’s too hot to just sit on the beach, so we recommend getting out and seeing the sights with an an 8-day private tour, taking in the sights of Havana, Cienfuegos, Trinidad and Vinales. Find out more.
Take advantage of the cooler weather to practice your salsa moves without working up too much of a sweat. Our solo salsa holiday is perfect for the summer months. Combine this holiday with the Cubadanza experience outlined above.