October lies just outside Cuba’s main tourist period, at the end of the rainy season. But short of being a disastrous time to visit, Cuba in October offers a good balance between weather and lower price points. Here we provide all you need to know about Cuba in October – from typical climatic conditions, and things to do in Cuba in October, to special events you won’t want to miss.
Weather in Cuba in October
If you’re in search of some autumnal warmth, you need look no further than the Caribbean’s largest and most intriguing island. Cuba in October rarely sees the temperature drop below 21°C (71°F), the temperature you’ll experience overnight, and is able to boast average daily temperatures in the mid-twenties Celsius (around 77°F). Be warned though that even in October temperatures can peak to highs of 30°C (86°F) in the middle of the day due to the continued strength of the nation’s sub-tropical sun, so be sure to be prepared with sun screen and sun hats.
Sea temperatures are incredibly warm off the Cuban coast the whole year round, and the month of October is no exception to the rule. Anyone dipping into the sea, whether for a swim or to participate in some of the many water sports on offer can therefore expect delightful water temperatures of 29°C (84°F).
We’ve already hinted at the level of sunshine you will be able to experience in Cuba in October, and while the days are starting to shorten after the long summer months, you can still expect an average of eight hours of sunshine per day. On the other side of the coin, any day in October has a 60% chance of rain occurring at some point, although there are actually only 10 days in the month designated as wet, and rainfall only ever totals around 80 mm for the entire month.
Hurricane force winds are also a slim possibility in October, which potential visitors to the island should be aware of. The actual chance of encountering such a storm while you’re on the island are very low, but you should have the relevant travel insurance just in case. Far more likely are gentle winds of no more than 5 mph, which help keep Cuba’s relatively high humidity levels of around 85% at bay.
*Please note that the team here at Locally Sourced Cuba Tours can do a lot of things, but unfortunately we cannot predict the weather. We can only base our predictions about the weather in Cuba in October, on previous years and averages.
Things to do in Cuba in October
October is still a great month to head to Cuba’s many beaches, given the excellent temperatures both on land and sea. Close to the capital and Havana’s international airport, you’ll find a series of beautiful beaches with fine sands and turquoise waters together known as Playas del Este (Eastern Beaches). Their proximity to the capital, easily reached by bus or taxi, means they are popular with locals and tourists, and can be visited with even half a day spare.
The slight fall in temperatures in Cuba in October (although it remains humid away from the coastal breeze) makes the country’s hiking trails an attractive proposition once more. The countryside and farmland around the township of Vinales, where much of Cuba’s cigar tobacco is grown and dried, is very easily explored on foot, or by bicycle. For anyone looking to delve into the jungles of Cuba then Baracoa on the eastern tip of the island is at its lushest after the rainy season, and offers a fantastic mix of natural wonders and early colonial spirit – Baracoa being one of Spain’s first settlements on the island and where Christopher Columbus first landed.
This season also means Cuba’s waterfalls large and small are at their fullest and most beguiling. Just 20 km from Trinidad, another wonderful relic from Spain’s long colonisation of the island, is El Salto cascades. Situated within the stunning native landscapes of Topes de Collantes National Park, El Salto is Cuba’s highest waterfall, and is large enough that it’s possible to cool off in the pool at its base after the short walk there through the canopy of trees. But should the weather let you down, don’t forget that there are a huge number of worthwhile museums dotted about Cuba, from the Mausoleum of Che Guevara on the outskirts of Santa Clara, to the Museum of the Revolution in the centre of Havana.
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Cuba in October sees a number of important well-known and not-so-well-known festivals taking place. The first, starting roughly halfway through the month, is the Havana Theatre Festival. Although many of the theatre performances are in Spanish, groups of actors are invited to attend from around the world, and put on a huge variety of shows, for both adults and children. Keep an eye out for posters, with many of Havana’s indoor venues and other cultural spaces hosting events. Around the main shows, you’ll also find a programme of workshops, conferences, and even dance shows.
Following on from the Havana Theatre Festival is the capital’s biennial Ballet Festival. It surprises many that ballet has such a large following on the island, which has exported such greats as Carlos Acosta in recent years. Internationally renowned, this festival dates back to the first years of the communist revolution, in 1960, and uses the stage of the stylish Gran Teatro as one of its primary performance spaces, alongside the art deco edifice of the Teatro America. In addition to hosting ballet performances from groups from around the globe, you can also expect linked film screenings and exhibitions of art.
Skirting the end of October and the beginning of November, Santiago de Cuba’s Festival Internacional de Coros, or International Choir Festival, also dates back to the early 1960s. Performing in spaces as diverse as schools and hospitals, try and catch a performance in the city’s grand cathedral if it’s possible. While secular church music is incorporated, this festival is one for all types of choral music.
Our Tours in Cuba in October
October may not sit within Cuba’s peak season, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a fantastic trip. From its festivals to its history, culture, and beaches, there is plenty to keep the visitor entertained in Cuba in October, even on days when the sun disappears behind a momentary dark cloud.
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Visit the Che Guevara memorial, meeting the enthusiastic locals in Santa Clara and immerse yourself in Cuban music and dance in the beautiful Trinidad.