Cycling holidays in Cuba travel guide

As oil became harder to obtain in this communist nation in the 1990s, the “bicycle revolution” saw bikes shipped in from China; even today, cycling is the main means of transport for many. So if you book a cycling holiday in Cuba, you really will be travelling like a local – albeit on a rather more comfortable bike.
Forget the idea of visiting Cuba “before it changes”. Instead, cycle round this enigmatic island to discover a culture and landscape that are impervious to the passing of time and shifting of politics.
Cuba may be famous for its classic cars, yet one of the most delightful things about cycling here is the absence of vehicles once you pedal beyond Havana. Along the way, you’ll stay in hotels and local homes – allowing you to spend time with Cuban families, sharing their homes, their meals and their stories. While other travellers bus between Havana and Trinidad and Santiago, you’ll discover the plantations, pueblos and music-filled plazas along the way, where the buses don’t pass. With tour leaders on hand to repair punctures, translate and offer encouragement, we really do think this is one of the best ways to explore Cuba.

Is a cuba cycling holiday for you?

Go on a cycling holiday in Cuba if…

… you’re not a hardcore cyclist. While some holidays are challenging, most are leisurely – more a way to admire the scenery and get from A to B than to really test your calves. … you’re not confident with bike maintenance. Expert tour leaders are with you to ensure everything’s in working order – you just need to be able to ride it! Support vehicles also follow you 100 percent of the way.… you want your teens to have a holiday with a difference. Family focused departures are suitable for anyone aged 14 and up – a great way to inspire a love of outdoor activities and new cultures.… you’re not keen on traffic. Cuba is as famous for its classic cars as its cigars, but outside of the main cities the refurbished Chevys are few and far between. You’re more likely to be sharing the road with other cyclists and donkey carts.

Don’t go on a cycling holiday in Cuba if…

… you’re not happy in tropical weather. Midwinter offers cooler, drier air, but this is still the Caribbean – and cycling is sure to keep you warm.
… you’re a diehard foodie. Cuban cuisine gets a bad rap - and it's certainly not a destination you'd choose because of its food. Hotel buffets score lowest for inedible cuisine, closely followed by state-owned restaurants. However, the homecooked casa meals are delicious - with fresh seafood, black beans and tropical fruit - as are the locally-owned paladar restaurants. All the more reason to keep it small, responsible and local!
… you’re racing to the finishing line. A Cuba cycling holiday is just as cultural as any other trip here – it’s just that you’re cycling from highlight to highlight instead of driving. So take your time, stop to chat, keep your camera close by and enjoy the ride.

Our top Cuba cycling Holiday

Classic Cuba cycle holiday

Classic Cuba cycle holiday

Cycle Cuba - Beaches, Mountains and Revolution!

From £1999 15 days ex flights
Small group travel:
2018: 13 Oct, 3 Nov, 17 Nov, 15 Dec
2019: 19 Jan, 16 Feb, 16 Mar, 13 Apr, 5 Oct, 2 Nov, 16 Nov, 14 Dec
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Hello. If you'd like to chat about Cuba cycling or need help finding a holiday to suit you we're very happy to help. Rosy & team.

Best time to go on a cycling holiday in Cuba

Escape the northern winter from late Nov-April and seek sunny cycling conditions in Cuba.
This is the best time to go on a cycling holiday to Cuba as temperatures are cooler (particularly Dec-Jan), humidity is low and it’s generally dry – just be sure to book well ahead if travelling in the peak Christmas or Easter holidays. May-October are characterised by rain, heat, humidity and the odd hurricane; this is not the ideal season for cycling unless you’re tied to the school holidays. The eastern regions are the warmest and wettest; waterproof bags and rain ponchos are highly recommended! Vibrant festivals and events take place year round, so you’re bound to stumble across music, dance, theatre and general celebrations whenever you travel.

Havana Weather Chart

 
MIN °C
MAX °C
RAIN (mm)
JAN
17
26
68
FEB
17
26
54
MAR
19
28
50
APR
20
29
63
MAY
22
30
130
JUN
23
31
194
JUL
23
32
149
AUG
23
32
157
SEP
23
31
174
OCT
22
30
164
NOV
20
28
75
DEC
18
27
55
Written by Vicki Brown
Photo credits: [Page banner: Nick Kenrick] [Go if box: Exodus] [Temp chart: Vicki Brown]
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