Cuba in September: Exploring in Monsoon Weather


From touring the attractions of Havana, Baracoa, and Trinidad to hiking the summit of El Yunque, from exploring the canyon of the Río Yumurí on a boat to scuba diving with whale sharks in the Bahía de Corrientes, Cuba trip offers something for people of all tastes.

Cuba has a mystical charm that draws travelers and leaves them wanting more. Home to beautiful cities with their crumbling colonial buildings and bustling beach resorts and intriguing history, Cuba is nothing less than magical.

Cuba Weather in September

natural swimming pool in El Nicho waterfall, cuba in September
Natural swimming pools in the El Nicho waterfalls provide a way to cool off from the dry and humid conditions.

The brutally hot summer temperatures of Cuba begin to ease in September, with the daytime average of 30°C. However, the humidity is still extremely high and there is plenty of rain. Usually, the rain is short-lived with heavy afternoon thunderstorms that tend to come and go. There are also chances of tropical storms in Cuba in September, as it is the hurricane season. But do not let the weather deter you, for there are plenty of places to explore in Cuba.

For a seasonal overview of the weather in Cuba, visit our guide on the best time to visit Cuba.

Weather in Cuba in September - Rainfall and Temperatures

Avg Daily (°C)262728303132323231302827
Avg Nightly (°C)161718192122222222201918
Avg Daily (°F)78.880.682.48687.889.689.689.687.88682.480.6
Avg Nightly (°F)60.862.664.466.269.871.671.671.671.66866.264.4
Avg Rainfall (mm)201040307080507070804030

Why Visit Cuba in September

Quiet Street Of Old Havana, Cuba in September
Stroll around the cobblestone streets of the exquisitely preserved Cuban history in Old Havana.
Santiago de Cuba's Cathedral Cuba in October
Take in the spectacular sights of the ornate Roman Catholic cathedral in Santiago de Cuba

Despite being the rainiest time of the year, there are many amazing things to see, do, and enjoy in Cuba during September. Here are some reasons why you should visit Cuba in September:

  • CDR Anniversary: Join the locals to celebrate this special anniversary held on September 28 to commemorate the formation of the CDR (Comité de la Defensa de la Revolution) in 1960. There will be street parties, political speeches, and plenty of delicious food.
  • Explore Old Havana: Stroll around the cobblestone streets of this exquisitely preserved piece of Cuban history and marvel at the incredible architecture, a medley of Spanish Colonial, Art Deco, Baroque, Art Nouveau, and Neoclassical buildings.
  • Pay Homage to Cuban National Hero: Take a trip to Santa Clara to visit the Che Guevara Mausoleum to learn more about the famous revolutionary and national hero Ernesto "Che" Guevara.
  • Sierra Maestra Hike: Follow the footsteps of revolutionaries like Che Guevara and Fidel Castro who hid out in the hills of the Sierra Maestra in the deep southern reaches of Cuba. Enjoy short to multi-day hikes into these magnificent peaks with a trekking guide from the nearby city of Bayamo.
  • Castillo de San Pedro de la Roca del Morro: Wander around the Bay of Santiago as you take in the magnificent sights of Castillo de San Pedro de la Roca del Morro. Built in the 17th century, this impressive fortress and a Unesco World Heritage Site are perched high above the bay, commanding spectacular views of the surrounding area.

Where To Go and What to Do

Reflection of National Capitol Cuba in September
The iconic El Capitolio Nacional (National Capitol of Cuba) is one of the most symbolic architecture in Havana.

Lively, colorful, and full of character, Havana is the beating heart of Cuba. Wander through the maze of cobblestone streets and marvel at the crumbling colonial gems that stand shoulder-to-shoulder with stylish, modern hotels. Delve into the country’s tumultuous history with a visit to the Museo de la Revolución and take a drive in a beautifully preserved 1950s classic car along the famous Malecon.
Venture into the lush forest regions of María La Gorda and the Parque Nacional Guanahacabibes in the extreme west of Cuba to enjoy bird-watching and other eco-friendly activities. Do not miss the opportunity to swim or scuba dive with the majestic whale shark in the Bahía de Corrientes.

Step back in time with a trip to Baracoa. Founded in 1511, the historical city of Baracoa is the oldest in the country and well worth a visit for its enchanting colonial architecture, cozy sidewalk cafés, and lovely sandy beaches.

Go hiking in the Unesco Biosphere Reserve on the slopes of the towering El Yunque above Baracoa and take in the wealth of fauna and flora that call the region home.

Street musician in Cuba in September
The talented Cuban Streed musicians in Old Havana are licensed to perform in public.

Capture the delights of Cuba, its haunting beauty with plenty of throwback charms and architectural heritage. Enjoy its natural beauty such as the lush jungles of Gran Parque Natural Topes de Collantes and the white sandy beaches of Cayo Coco. Immerse yourself in the fascinating culture, arts, and history of Cuba, the land of romance and revolution.

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