Surfing in Cuba

Overview

South of Florida and between the open Atlantic and the Gulf of México lays Cuba, the largest island of the Greater Antilles. Cuba consists of 1600 islands; the two largest ones are the Isla de la Juventud and Cayo Largo.

This wonderful country offers its visitors far more than just hand rolled cigars; with tropical rainforest, exotic flora and fauna as well as beautiful reefs to dive with many underwater caves to discover. The waters around Cuba are well known for their fantastic diving areas with historic shipwrecks telling of former battles and the colourful corals making every diving trip unforgettable.

But the island is not just an incredible place for divers; all visitors here will have an enjoyable and memorable holiday. Its fascinating and eventful history and the historic places of interest found in Cuba give this country a special feel.

Cubans are happy, sincere and friendly people and they are an important aspect to the making of a visit here so special adding to the ease of diving into the vivid life that Cuba offers. Also Cuba is also very suitable for hikers and beach goers as the warm and dry climate promises lots of sunny days.

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Climate

Cuba is a country which can be visited all year long by the sun seeking tourist due to its warm climate. An average annual temperature of 27 degrees offers ideal conditions. It’s worth noting that the temperatures in the east tend to be higher than in the West. Also the weather in the region of Santiago de Cuba is more tropical than in the rest of the country. In contrast to that is the rather continental climate in the region of Havana.

Most rainfall can be found in the mountains and during the rainy season from May till October. In this time humidity can rise up to 80% making temperatures feel even warmer than they really are.

It’s also worth noting that the hurricane season is in the months from June till September.

Waves

Unfortunately the surf in Cuba cannot be compared with world-class surf spots elsewhere. However it is possible to spend some pleasant surfing hours here.

There are some spots around the islands but their quality is rather low as Cuba is located in the “wave shadow” of the Bahamas. Therefore no powerful groundswell can hit the Cuban coast. This also is the reason why the Island is not really discovered yet as a surfing destination.

The three best spots are Graveyard, Divine and La Setenta. Graveyard is a point break with a right and a left wave. The wave frequency is often very good but unfortunately most waves are relatively small and the two other spots (reef breaks and right/left waves) are also small wave breaks.

Travel information

Cuba is easily reached by charter airlines and the national „Air Cubana“. Other scheduled airlines rarely reach Cuba due to the US-Embargo. However a regular airline networks exist between many Caribbean islands; as well as between all Central and South American countries.

There is no official ferry network due to the blockade from the US. Sadly many cruise ships, which are cruising in the Caribbean, rarely anchor on the Cuban coast.