Cuba is a country with a diverse range of things to see and do, with attractions ranging from historic colonial towns to rural farming villages and luxurious beach resorts. Whether you are wanting to explore forests and mountains or just spend time sunbathing on the beach, holidays in Cuba are full of memorable sights and unforgettable experiences.
Visiting Cuba in August is popular with tourists from all over the world, despite the risk of bad weather during the month. However, many visitors enjoy the warm and sunny mornings that make way for stormy afternoons, providing the perfect excuse for a siesta and offering ideal beach conditions for lower prices than peak tourist season.
Reasons to visit Cuba in August
- The start of August has relatively low levels of rain every day, meaning you can enjoy many hours of scorching Caribbean sunshine
- August is one of the best times for snorkelling and scuba diving excursions in Cuba because the ocean is so warm
- Tourists flock to the beach resorts on Cuba’s coast in August, but the inland towns and cities will be quiet and cheap to stay in
Weather in Cuba in August
August is one of the wettest and hottest months in Cuba, with high temperatures and a high chance of rain guaranteed almost every day. Regions in the east of the island are likely to feel hotter as they receive less of a breeze, but humidity is very high across the country which can feel very uncomfortable if there is no wind.
You may get caught in a tropical storm is you are visiting Cuba in August, but there is a very low chance of a hurricane hitting the island during the month.
August temperatures in Cuba are hot and sticky, with an average high temperature of 32°C usually peaking in the middle of the afternoon. Evenings across the country stay relatively warm, with the temperature usually only dropping down to about 23°C.
The heat and bright sunlight you’ll experience visiting Cuba in August can be dangerous, and it is important to always wear adequate sun protection when outside. Ensuring that your accommodation has air conditioning is important, as this will make the steamy afternoons a lot more bearable.
The average sea temperature in Cuba in August reaches up to a very pleasant 30°C, which is perfect for swimming and watersports. The high air temperatures across the island mean that taking a dip in the sea is often a very cooling experience and a good way to cope with the humidity.
Clouds and Rainfall
August is a relatively overcast month in Cuba, but this does not affect the warm temperatures the island experiences throughout the month. Whilst the start of the month sees the same low levels of rainfall as July, the chances of rain increase rapidly as the month progresses, and heavy showers are likely most afternoons in August.
Daylight hours in Cuba start to decrease as August progresses, but there are still around eight hours of sunlight every day. Sunrise will be around 7 am and the sun will set just before or after 8 pm most evenings, although the air temperature will still be relatively high even when it gets dark.
Where to go in Cuba in August
Beach resort holidays are at their most popular in August in Cuba, and if you are wanting to go all out on a Caribbean holiday then Varadero is the ultimate beach destination. The resort town stretches out along 20km of coastline, with hotels, private beaches and a huge range of restaurants and bars that are perfect for a luxurious and relaxing holiday beside the sea.
The area is known as the ‘Blue Beach’ for a good reason; the sand is pristine and the water is crystal clear and perfect for swimming. From boating at Josone Park to exploring the Cueva de Ambrosio caves, Varadero is packed with things to do that make it more than just a simple resort area.
Cayo Largo del Sur
Another ideal Cuban beach destination is the small island of Cayo Largo del Sur, which is just off the south coast of the country and is part of the Canarreos Archipelago. The island is home to several beach resorts and offers a small slice of paradise that won’t be as busy in August as some of the bigger resorts on the mainland.
Cayo Largo is famous for its pristine white beaches, and the fact that the island tends to be cooler than mainland Cuba, which is ideal in the humid month of August. Also famous on the island is a turtle farm that is part of a conservation project, and which hatches hundreds of turtle eggs from a variety of species every year on the island’s shores.
A great location that offers the best of Cuba’s beach resorts alongside a good amount of culture and history is Guardalavaca on the north coast of the island, which retains an authentic feel despite the number of tourists that come to the area.
Guardalavaca has impressive coral reefs and marine life if you want to snorkel, but those seeking a break from the beach will easily be kept busy with the range of other sightseeing spots further inland. A popular activity when the weather is good is to hire a bike or moped and explore the beach’s surrounding countryside, or take part in a guided tour around the area on horseback.
Things to do in Cuba in August
Attend a Baseball Game
Beísbol season begins in August and is a very popular sport across Cuba, although your experience attending a game is likely to be quite different from any other country. Expect to be crammed into seating without much shade, surrounded by vendors offering a surprising range of food and drink, and gripped by the infectious atmosphere and passion that locals have for the game.
Try Scuba Diving
Scuba diving is a really popular activity in Cuba all year round because of the warm water temperatures and extensive marine life, and in August it is a great way to keep cool during the day’s heat. Incredible coral reefs surround the island that you can explore, and several professional diving centres will provide you with all the equipment and guidance you may need.
Try a Havana Club Rum Mojito
Cuba is famous for its rum, and a mojito is a classic Cuban cocktail that is best enjoyed with the signature Havana Club Rum as its star ingredient. You can enjoy a mojito at almost every bar or restaurant across the country, and they are particularly refreshing as an afternoon or early evening drink.
Go Swimming at Sunrise
Those who are visiting Cuba in August will find that temperatures climb throughout the day, and an early morning swim is a wonderfully refreshing experience that makes the most of the low temperatures before the sun rises. Watching the sun come up as you float in the warm, clear ocean is an incredible experience, and a perfect way to start the day.
Crowds & costs
Despite not being in the country’s dry season, August is considered a peak tourist month in Cuba because it is the school summer holidays, and many European and Canadian families come to the island for a break at one of the beach resorts. Prices are not as high as during the winter months however, and more central areas of Cuba will feel less crowded as the majority of tourists tend to stick to the coast.
August festivals & events
Whilst not quite on the same scale as the carnival that takes place in Santiago de Cuba the previous month, Havana’s carnival is still an impressive and colourful event that contains every exciting element of this classic celebration. The parade takes place along the Malécon promenade beside the sea in Cuba’s capital city, and is a very popular event with both tourists and locals.
You can expect music, dancing, congas, impressive costumes and fireworks from Havana’s carnival, as well as a lot of drinking and partying around the city’s streets. Some dancers in the parade will be wearing muñecones; huge and elaborate masks in the style of certain characters or figures, which are particularly impressive and a highlight of the carnival.
Havana Hip-Hop Festival
The Festival Internacional de Rap is a relatively new event in Havana, but one that is very well attended. Since the 1990s rap and hip-hop music have become increasingly popular in Cuba, and now the event is well respected and features both local and international artists.
What initially began as a collection of musical performances has now become a program of events that include dance, graffiti exhibitions, and screenings of relevant films as well as concerts and competitions.
Frequently asked questions about Cuba in August
What is the hurricane season in Cuba?
What is known as the hurricane season in Cuba runs from July to November, and is the time when the country is most likely to be hit by an extreme tropical storm. September and October are the months most likely to be affected by hurricanes, but the chances of this are still relatively small.
Is Cuba too hot in August?
August is the hottest and most humid month in Cuba with an average high temperature of 32°C during the day, and those who are not used to very high temperatures might find the climate uncomfortable. However, many places have air conditioning to help with the heat, and areas that are by the coast tend to be several degrees cooler than those in the middle of the country.
Can Americans go to Cuba?
Cuba and the U.S have a complicated political past, which has resulted in confusing travel restrictions for Americans wanting to travel to the country. It is still possible for people to travel from America to Cuba under a list of authorised categories which can be found online, and the process is not as complicated as you may think.
Cuba is a wonderful place to visit on holiday, and the risk of bad weather should not deter you from wanting to come to the island and experience all that it has to offer. As long as you pack both your swimsuit and a waterproof, you’ll be ready for anything that an adventure whilst visiting Cuba in August might throw at you.