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Cuba in December: Weather and Best Things to Do

Updated: Nov 13, 2023

Are you planning a visit to Cuba in December? If so, you have chosen a fantastic time of the year to go! December in Cuba offers a blend of warm temperatures, cultural festivities, and exciting adventures. From the historical charm of Santiago de Cuba to the vibrant streets of Old Havana, there is something for every traveler to experience on this beautiful Caribbean island. Let's explore the weather conditions and the top things to do to make the most of your December trip to Cuba.

Weather Conditions in December

Street in Cuba with a Cuban flag hanging from a building and a car in the bottom right corner

December is part of the dry season in Cuba, making it the best time to visit. Here is a breakdown of the weather you can expect:

Average Temperature

The average maximum temperature ranges from 70 to 81 degrees Fahrenheit (21 to 27 degrees Celsius), offering warm temperatures great for outdoor activities.

Rainy Days

December is one of the drier months in Cuba, with very little precipitation, allowing you to explore without worrying about rain.

Sunshine and Daylight Hours

Cuba experiences around 7 to 8 hours of sunshine and around 11 daylight hours per day in December, providing ample daylight for outdoor adventures and exploration.

Street in Cuba from a hallway with a car in the view

Average Sea Temperature

The average water temperature is around 79 to 81 degrees Fahrenheit (26 to 27 degrees Celsius), a nice temperature for swimming and water activities.

UV Index

Although the UV index in Cuba is at its lowest in the month of December, it is still a 6. As such, it is essential to use sunscreen to protect yourself from the UV rays when enjoying the sunny weather.

Best Things to Do in Cuba in December

Three gentleman playing instruments in the streets of Cuba

On top of submerging yourself in Cuba's cultural heritage by exploring its amazing cities, there are various exciting events in December, adding to the allure of your visit. The end of December sees the celebration of Christmas and New Year's Eve, making it a great month for experiencing the lively Cuban festivities. Live music, colorful parades, and traditional dances take over the streets, creating a lively atmosphere throughout the country. Here are a few of the things you can do in Cuba during your visit in December:

1. Explore Old Havana

El Capitolio, an architectural masterpiece resembling the U.S. Capitol in Havana, Cuba

Exploring Old Havana, one of the UNESCO Heritage Sites in Cuba immerses you in the rich tapestry of Cuban history and culture. From the iconic El Capitolio, an architectural masterpiece resembling the U.S. Capitol, to the majestic Castillo de la Real Fuerza, an ancient fort, every corner is steeped in history. One of the highlights of Old Havana is Plaza de la Catedral, where the grand Cathedral of Havana stands. The square is a charming mix of history and beauty, surrounded by elegant colonial buildings.

2. Visit Santiago de Cuba

City building in Santiago de Cuba

Explore the vibrant city of Santiago de Cuba in Eastern Cuba, known for its Afro-Cuban cultural influences, live music, iconic landmarks, and being the birthplace of the Revolution. From the lively music that infuses every street corner to the historical significance of landmarks like the Moncada Barracks, Santiago de Cuba immerses you in the island's diverse heritage.

3. Discover Cayo Coco

Bridge to a beach Cayo Coco, Cuba

Cayo Coco, a tropical gem, is all about beautiful beaches and a laid-back island experience. It is a great place to unwind and bask in Cuba's natural beauty with its pristine beaches and clear turquoise waters. The island invites you to relax on soft sands, stroll by the shore, or engage in water activities. Cayo Coco is the perfect place to escape the everyday hustle and find peace in the serene, sun-soaked ambiance of the Caribbean.

4. Participate in Las Parrandas de Remedios

A party/festival in the streets of Cuba

Las Parrandas de Remedios is a nightly celebration from December 19 - 24 filled with live music in the streets, dancing, parades, elaborate floats, and impressive fireworks shows!

5. Enjoy the Havana Film Festival (Festival Internacional del Nuevo Cine Latinoamericano de La Habana)

Hosted in Havana, Cuba, during the first two weeks of December, this festival promotes Latin American filmmakers and films with Latin American themes.

Travel Tips for Your Cuban Adventure

A beach in Cuba

Best Time To Visit

It is a good idea to plan your vacation to Cuba in the first half of December as there will be fewer visitors then, making it an ideal time to go before the holiday season crowds show up. The second half of December begins Cuba's high season, leading to higher prices and bigger crowds. This peak tourist season starts in mid-December and ends in mid-March - it picks up again at the beginning of July to the end of August.

Protective Clothing and Sunscreen

Pack protective clothing and sunscreen to shield yourself from the hot sun and UV rays while exploring the outdoors. Check out our blog post, The Ultimate Packing List for Your Summer Adventures to help you pack for your trip to Cuba!


Various denominations of Cuban pesos

The official currency in Cuba is the Cuban Peso (CUP). Ensure you have enough cash or know where to exchange your foreign currency. If using a credit card, verify that you will not get charged a foreign transaction fee before using it, or at minimum, inquire about how much it is. Also, be sure to notify your credit card company of your travel plans so you do not have any issues when making purchases.

Local Favorites

Ropa Vieja Jibarito (Tostone Sandwich)

Do not miss trying local delicacies like Ropa Vieja, Picadillo, Tostones, Pastelitos, and Cuban coffee for a taste of authentic Cuban flavors.

Best Place for Booking a Flight

Now that you are ready to explore Cuba this December, you can purchase your flight! To find the best flight deal for you, use Google Flights. Check out our blog to learn more about how to use Google Flights: Mastering Google Flights: A Step-by-Step Guide to Finding the Best Flights.

¡Viva Cuba!

Colorful colonial buildings in Cuba

December is a good time of the year to visit Cuba, offering temperate weather, sunny days, and an array of cultural and outdoor activities. Make the most of your December trip by exploring iconic landmarks, engaging in water sports, and immersing yourself in Cuba's vibrant culture. Whether you are captivated by historical sites or enticed by the lively festivities, Cuba in December promises an unforgettable experience. Plan your trip accordingly and savor the beauty of this tropical paradise.
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