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Cuba has consistent surf along the Habana seaside promenade.Its stretch lacks consistency but when the waves arrive they hit all manner of beaches, bays and rocky headlands. Fortunately, northern Cuba also has another source of surf, the big storms that reliably churn out of the Gulf of Mexico and send stormy swell marching towards the north western corner of the island, around Habana.

CUBAN SURF SPOTS

  • Santa fe
  • La Setenta
  • Playas del Este
  • Sun Beach
  • Windmills – Guantanamo
  • Cayo Coco
  • Gibara
  • Boca de Yumuri

TRAVEL INFORMATION

Weather

The Cuban climate is mild subtropical, the orientation from west to east means refreshing trade winds and marine breezes. During the short winter occasional cold air masses come from the north, but they are short duration. The average temperatures throughout the year oscillate between 20 and 35ºC (68-95ºF). The Eastern region enjoys warmer weather. From August to October, the main hurricane season can affect the island, with winds that reach 200 km/h and heavy storms. This occurs at the same time as the rainy season (May to October), before the dry season (November to April). Average rainfall is from 860mm (34in) in the east, to 1730mm (68in) in Habana and it falls mostly in summer and autumn, but there can be torrential rain at any time of year. Average water temps don’t drop below 25°C (77ºF) – a light vest in the winter will meet all needs.

Nature

Old Havana is easily the highlight of a visit to Cuba. It’s an open air art gallery that is fully deserving of UNESCO World Heritage Status. The town of Baracoa and the countryside surrounding it are a perfect place to relax under a palm tree and soak up the atmosphere. The diving throughout Cuba is superb.

Hazards

Escape the tourist resort bubble. Shallow reefs like Setenta can be ridiculously sharp. Cuba is a very safe and friendly country. Although touts in the tourist areas can be tiring, bear in mind that they are just trying to get by. Americans can expect hassle from their government for wanting to visit.

Hints

Take all surfing equipment and maybe some spares for the local surf community. The US embargo means that no surf equipment is available anywhere in the country. More importantly, there are also no medicines, imported foodstuffs, educational materials and all the other items most people take for granted.

 

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