|Most popular in||December||High demand for flights, 6% potential price rise|
|Cheapest in||October||Best time to find cheap flights, 3% potential price drop|
|Average price||C$ 544||Price for this month|
|Cheapest price||C$ 323||From Toronto to Havana|
486 - 964 CAD
26 - 32 °C
12 - 85 mm
When to fly to Cuba
Most travellers book cheap flights to Cuba between December and April. July and August are also popular with vacationers as are Christmas and New Year, Easter and July 26 (the anniversary of the revolution). In general Havana and Santiago de Cuba have peak seasons that extend all year long.
August to October is when hurricanes are most likely. Intrepid travellers can save money by visiting at this time.
Cuba, the Caribbean’s largest island, welcomes most of its tourists from Canada and Europe, the rest from South America. Drawn by its stunning beaches, rich heritage and culture, excellent diving and ecological wonders, more and more travellers seek cheap flights to Cuba with every passing year.
Havana is capital, an exotic city that has been the gateway to the Gulf of Mexico for hundreds of years. Its historic centre – Old Havana – was listed by Unesco in 1982 for its Baroque and neoclassical buildings. Its museums, theatres, galleries and concert halls stand side by side with the bars and night clubs that serve the world-famous mojitos.
The second city, Santiago de Cuba, is much more “Caribbean” than Havana, a place of stirring history, beautiful squares and rich musical tradition, known for its carnival in particular.
Cuba’s beaches are spectacular. Varadero beach is the pride of Cuba, wide and sandy and stretching out into Atlantic waters. On the Caribbean side are the Isle of Youth and Cayo Largo de Sur, both with soft-white beaches and wonderful dive sites.
Cuba is usually hot, but summer can be the wettest season. Visitors arriving between May and October will encounter a lot of rain and 80 percent humidity. Late October and early November can have hurricanes and other coastal storms. The drier season starts at the end of November and lasts until April. In winter months, from December to March, the weather is more comfortable, with sunny days, little rain and cooler evenings.
AeroCaribbean offer domestic Cuba flights, linking cities such as Havana with Holguin, Santiago and Cayo Coco.
Astro and Viazul offer bus services throughout the country. Viazul caters for tourists, linking the major attractions of the island.
Ferrocuba operates rail services, although the infrastructure is creaky. Havana to Santiago de Cuba is a popular link for tourists.
Cuba has an extensive road network and renting a car is an easy option.
(prices quoted are from London)