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Weather Overview:

The weather in Cuba doesn't vary much, averaging around 75-80 degrees between November-April and 85-90 degrees between June-August. Be prepared for hot and humid weather with a chance of brief periods of rain. Bring a light jacket or sweater for cool evenings (and sometimes very cool air conditioned restaurants).

Rainy season typically last between May-October with the occasional (often refreshing) afternoon rainfall.


We suggest you pack light and comfortably. Cuba has no clothing taboos and is typically very casual (and colorful!)

  • Lightweight rain coat or umbrella
  • Short-sleeved shirts
  • One long-sleeved shirt (for cooler evenings)
  • Under garments, socks
  • Bathing suit
  • Shorts
  • Long pants (jeans are not recommended due to the heat)
  • Pajamas (comfortable enough for tropical weather)
  • Hat
  • One pair of flip flops / sandals
  • Comfortable shoes to walk in
  • bathing suit

Bath / Personal:

  • Personal medication (should be in original bottles -or- original prescription)
  • Glasses / contacts / contact solution
  • Personal toiletries
  • Shampoo
  • Sunscreen
  • Tissues

Must - Haves:

  • Photocopies of all travel documents (incl. Passport and flights)
  • Refillable water bottle (Gallon jugs of water available on the bus)
  • Passport. Must be valid for up to 6 months after your scheduled departure date from Cuba
  • Enough cash to last your entire trip. We recommend roughly $75 per day (This is for tips, souvenirs & snacks. You probably will not spend all of this but better safe than sorry). U.S.-issued debit cards, credit cards, ATM cards and travelers checks will not work in Cuba. We recommend bringing Euros for a better exchange rate.


  • Books and/or magazines
  • Spanish/English dictionary
  • Watch or small alarm clock
  • Light day bag or pack (small backpack would be ideal)
  • Sunglasses, particularly if you’re sensitive to sunlight
  • Insect repellent
  • Personal snacks that you may need or crave (such as granola bars or power bars).
  • Disposable camera, film camera or digital camera - and film or memory card(s) for digital camera
  • Download app Map of Cuba Offline
  • Noise canceling earplugs (for light sleepers)
  • washcloth (not all casas provide these)


  • Linens / blankets
  • Pillows
  • Hand soap
  • Bath towel (please feel free to bring an additional towel for bathing if you prefer, generally 1 is provided)
  • Electrical adapters are not needed*

  • Please Keep In Mind - Things are Different in Cuba:
  • Cuban septic systems often cannot handle toilet paper so you will need to dispose of this in trash cans at the casas
  • Water pressure can sometimes be weak and hot water may not always be as hot as you'd like
  • Please always let your guide know if you have any questions or need anything along the way

*In general, you should not have trouble using small electrical appliances brought from the U.S. (hairdryer, electric razor, etc.) as the standard electric current in Cuba is the same as in the U.S. with a two prong outlet.