Cuba has recently become one of the world’s most popular holiday destinations, with attractions such as classic Caribbean beaches and plentiful natural wildlife bringing in visitors throughout the year. The country’s cities offer culture, history and irresistible energy, and the whole island has a diverse range of things to see and experience.
Visiting Cuba in April will reward you with the combination of perfect weather and relatively low levels of tourists, as the peak holiday season ends the previous month. The rising temperatures are just right for spending your days swimming in the sea or lounging on the beach, and Easter celebrations at the end of the month offer a fascinating insight into the local culture.
Reasons to visit Cuba in April
- April is the last month of the dry season in Cuba, so is a great time to catch the last of the good weather before chances of storms are high
- The island gets less tourists in April, which means popular beaches and cities won’t be as busy
- Shoulder season in Cuba begins in April, so flights and accommodation are likely to be less expensive than at the start of the year
Weather in Cuba in April
April is the last month of the dry season in Cuba, and temperatures continue to climb into the high twenties and low thirties as the month progresses. Whilst humidity will be a little higher than previous months it is still very bearable, and the glorious Caribbean climate is perfect for an April beach holiday.
Whilst you might encounter some rain during your visit it is likely to only be a brief shower, and most days will remain warm, dry and sunny.
The average high temperature in April in Cuba is around 29ºC, the same as during March. You may experience higher temperatures in the east of the island, or when visiting sheltered beaches and bays that are protected from the wind.
In the evenings the temperature dips to an average low of 20ºC, which is still very pleasant but not too hot to disrupt your sleep, especially if your accommodation has air conditioning.
April is a fantastic time for swimming in the sea in Cuba, as the water is a lovely 26ºC which is perfect for spending long periods between the waves. There are many exciting watersport activities on offer in Cuba, and April is one of the best months for trying one of these.
Clouds and Rainfall
April is the end of Cuba’s dry season so chances of rainfall gradually increase as May approaches, but at the start of the month there is only a small chance of rain interrupting the sunshine. Days will also start to get slightly more overcast as April progresses, but there will still be a large amount of sunshine.
The high temperatures in Cuba in April come from the large amount of sunshine that the country receives; 9 hours every day to be precise. The sun usually rises around 7am and sets just before 8pm, so you can spend the start of your evening soaking up the last of the day’s sunshine.
Where to go in Cuba in April
Trinidad’s central location makes it a very popular place to stay and visit, and by April you are likely to be able to explore the town in peace and enjoy a more authentic local atmosphere. With impressive colonial architecture and brightly painted houses and buildings, Trinidad looks at its best when the sun is shining and you can happily spend a day just wandering the streets.
If you’re looking for more to do however then you can spend a day at the beach at nearby Playa Ancon, or go hiking through the Topes de Collantes National Park. Further afield you can find impressive waterfalls amongst the surrounding forests and take in miles of sugar fields at the Valle de los Ingenios, which was the heart of the sugar industry between the 1700s and 1800s.
Viñales is another part of Cuba that is usually very busy during tourist season, which makes April an excellent time to go and explore the town and surrounding
valley. Surprisingly, this area’s popularity has not led to a massive amount of tourism and you will mainly find simple bungalows, farms and tobacco fields amongst the beautiful greenery.
The valley is famous for its dramatic flat-topped rocks formations known as mogotes, and for its incredibly fertile soil which is still farmed using oxen. Viñales is a protected UNESCO World Heritage Site because of the uniquely beautiful landscape and preserved authentic settlements, and is a wonderful place to spend a few days hiking or cycling in the sunshine.
Península de Zapata
Two hours south of Havana is the Ciénaga de Zapata National Park within the Zapata Peninsula, home to a huge amount of wildlife across its marshes, wetland and coral reefs. The shade of the area’s forests provides welcome relief if the April sunshine starts feeling too strong, and there are many outdoor activities to keep you occupied during your visit.
The highlight of this part of Cuba is the snorkelling opportunities, particularly amongst the coral reefs of the famous Bay of Pigs. You can also catch a glimpse of flocks of flamingos or visit a crocodile farm if you have an interest in local wildlife, and there are many interesting museums and historical sites for tourists as well.
Things to do in Cuba in April
Take a Ride in a Classic Car
When many people think of Cuba they think of old cars, and wherever you travel in the country you will be met with the sight of vintage automobiles parked along the streets. Many locals are happy to transport visitors around in their vehicles for a fair price, or you can rent your own classic car and cruise between cities along the coast.
Try Your Hand at Fishing
The famous writer Ernest Hemmingway used to fish in the oceans surrounding Cuba, and April is the beginning of the best season for fishing on the island. Keen anglers will be able to fish in either the sea or one of Cuba’s many freshwater lakes, but even if you are a beginner it is a very fun activity to try.
Go Scuba Diving
Scuba diving is one of the most popular activities for tourists in Cuba, and the mild water temperatures in April are perfect for exploring the bays and coral reefs around the island. The diversity of the island’s underwater wildlife is immense, and you are likely to spot fish, turtles, manatees and even sharks.
Sip on a Daiquiri
Havana is the home of the daiquiri; the cocktail bar El Floridita in Old Havana was where the drink was invented. Even if you can’t get to the daiquiri’s birthplace, it is available in almost every bar around Cuba and an authentic taste of two of the country’s staple products; rum and sugar.
Crowds & costs
April is the start of the shoulder season in Cuba, and this is reflected in the prices of holidays and the number of people who come to visit the country. There are likely to be fewer crowds of visitors wherever you go, which makes April an ideal time for visiting the popular towns and cities of Havana and Viñales or staying at a luxury beach resort.
It is worth noting however that prices tend to spike in Easter Week when international visitors come to celebrate the religious festival, so if you are trying to save money then this is a more expensive time to visit Cuba.
April festivals & events
The Havana Biennial is an established art exhibition in Cuba’s capital city, and was originally dedicated to Caribbean and Latina American artists. The exhibition now also features artists from Africa, Asia and the Middle East, and is regarded as a celebration of ‘non-western’ art forms and styles that investigate the issues that these countries face.
‘El Callejero’ is the colloquial name for the Havana ‘City in Movement’ event that takes place in the Old Town, across parks, squares and museum spaces. International and local dancers flood these outdoor venues to perform traditional and contemporary dances in the UNESCO World Heritage sector of the city, creating a spectacular cultural gathering.
Easter usually falls in April, and the city of Trinidad holds an annual Good Friday procession known as Semana Santa where locals flood the streets as a cross is carried through them, to remember the steps Jesus took on the way to his crucifixion. Easter is one of the most important religious festivals in Cuba and if you are in Trinidad during Holy Week then this procession is not to be missed.
Frequently asked questions about Cuba in April
What is the weather like in Cuba in April?
Cuba has some of its best weather during April, with high temperatures that are not uncomfortable and relatively dry days with only a small chance of rain.
Do I need injections for Cuba?
There are no specific injections required for a trip to Cuba, but travellers may want to consider getting up to date boosters against cholera, hepatitis A and B, rabies and tetanus depending on their individual circumstances.
Is it safe to travel in Cuba?
Cuba is actually a remarkably safe place to travel, even on your own, and has a relatively low crime rate. You are likely to be approached by locals trying to sell things to tourists during your stay, but a polite refusal is enough to be left alone, and everyone is very friendly.
By visiting Cuba in April you make the most of the last month of guaranteed good weather on the island, as well as securing lower prices for travel, accommodation and activities. Whether you get out and about in the country’s forests and mountains or spend your time drinking rum on the beach, Cuba is a brilliant holiday destination that you will find yourself returning to time after time.