|It’s summer and the forums are dead. Very few new posts on here, and the other forums aren’t a whole lot better. Lack of interest because we vacation at home in this season? Or is everyone away at their favourite Cuban beach?The latest spring month I have been to Cuba is May. Getting too hot for me then. I have been in the fall, in September, October, November, December……but never in summer. So, do you go in summer and if so why? If not, why not?
Let’s see who has been lurking and not posting.
|I’ve been once in August and once at the end of May.It’s cheaper than spending 1 vacation week in Canada so why not! On top of that I get to refill my rum and cigars at a much more affordable price than if I did so here!
If it was only me, we would go once during the winter and once during summer. My daughter would be ok with that but my wife is a little harder to convince!
|I went once in November but other than that it’s always been Jan/Feb. Right now I can only do one trip a year, rarely twice, so I enjoy getting away from Canadian winter for a while. But as I get closer to retirement I now have more time but not necessarily more money (not until the kids are gone anyway) and so I can see myself taking more frequent trips when prices are lower. I look at prices and realize that I could be spending 2 weeks or more for the price of one week in January especially if I compromise on the hotel a bit. There may be several trips a year in my near future.
A similar thing happened with camping and canoe tripping. I always went in July/August but eventually realized that late September to early November is the BEST time.
I usually only go in the spring. Summer would be to hot for me and it’s nice at home. Did go in November 2014 and was very happy with the trip. Weather was perfect not as many around only down fall for me was the sandfleas . Never had an issue with them in April(first week) ever before. I was the only one in our group as well. I was in the sun and the others were in the shade. Was weird. I would certainly go again in November even though there are no direct flights from NS then. We went with West Jet via Toronto which was my first time doing that and have to say, it was great having WJ all in the same terminal for Domestic and International. It made for a smooth transition both coming and going.
|I voted "no freaking way."I’ve been in June twice and it was hell. Can’t even imagine July or August. Even a beach vacation (which I don’t do) is beyond my comprehension.Cheers,
|I hesitate to say "never", but May was hot enough for me! I get heat and humidity in Ontario in summer (well, not every summer) but I understand those who figure it is a very cheap week at the beach. I’ve been tempted by extremely low prices, but so far it has suited me to wait until fall. Actually, I have had some excellent trips in September and October. It’s usually calm enough for good snorkelling, which keeps me happy. The winter months are better for sailing. Of course, the challenge in January can be getting to the airport to depart. I have had some pretty white knuckle driving to catch early morning flights! At least in summer you don’t have to worry about snow!
(glad to see there are people out there monitoring the forum)
I’ve been a few times in the first half of June again (and I suspect the weather would be similar to September), but I can’t do that now because I have a child in school. I’ve been in late June a couple of times and in August once, and would only do that again for a very low price (and I would definitely make sure the resort’s buffet was air conditioned!).
Have only been in Jan., Feb. & March. Like to get a break from the winter and we usually get enough heat and humidity here in Ont. during the summer. Would like to have two trips south each winter but with the cost and a reluctant wife that hasn’t happened – yet.
Lived in Florida a looooooong time ago and moved back in July as I just couldn’t handle it anymore . Thoughts of Cuba stop when I open up at the lake here in Ontario and return again at the end of Oct .
|I cant even imagine going south in the summer. The latest we ever went was in March, and that was almost too hot.We actually like late January and early February. As i have mentioned before, January in Cuba is warmer than July in Calgary, but that may not be the case this year. Yeatersay was the warmest day we had so far this year, and we nearly died.
Now, I’m not the kind of person that goes out in my shorts and muscle shirt as soon as the temperature gets above freezing. We have some of those people in Calgary. But I’m not one of them. But I must be more cold tolerant (or heat intolerant) than a lot of people. I just couldn’t take a week of temperatures above 30.
|I have been to Cuba (Havana) in late May, and frankly … thanks but no thanks for the summer months. I don’t like feeling sweaty a few minutes after a shower, and want or want not … I turn into a complete frump in hot, humid weather.
Besides, there is so-o-o much to enjoy in Nova Scotia in the summer that I don’t want to miss any of it! Come on down!
|I love hot weather. I personally traveled to Cuba last few years in the summer time July, August and I loved it. On the beach is so nice under the shade and some coco loco next to me. Yes it is very hot but I like it. Its hot and humid here in GTA as well. I like to go to Cuba any time of the year but once kids do not go to school we have more freedom to go and stay in Cuba!
P.S. I would agree that in Canada is beautiful as well in summer and its better to go to Cuba during winter time but I do not mind in summer too
|I voted never, but I am going this year, through no choice of my own.
It will be a test to see if I ever consider it again. It is true, that is cheaper than a weeks vacation in Canada for me. So it will come down to just how hot it really is down there!!
I voted never also. Have been in mid-April…I am booking this week for April 2-16 next year at Breezes Varadero. My brother went in May once and found it much too hot.
We once went to Cayo Guillermo in last 2 weeks of August because it was CHEAPO. It was stinking hot and a few torrential rain storms. But we have also gone to the same location in mid-December and it was freakin’ cold (9 Celsius). That was before we started going to the south. Now we go SOUTH for first two weeks in December and 2 weeks that cover the last week of March & first week of April. And for sure I wouldn’t go back to Cuba in summer months. I keep looking at travel prices dreaming of our December trip but so far, no deals to be found. But even if I did find a good price for the summer months, I wouldn’t book it. Our summer weather for the last couple of years has been iffy but keep hoping that Mother Nature will be good to us from May to October this year. Still waiting to hear back from her!!
|It’s vacation in either Canada or Europe in the summer due to family commitments for me. Summer and fall are my favourite seasons in Ontario. I think the earliest I will be going down to Cuba is very late October to Mid December and February to Mid April in the spring. It was way too hot for me in September, October and after mid April so I would hate to endure the summer months in Cuba. I also try to avoid all school holidays unless I decide to take a Christmas vacation down south.
I too have found that the prices for the summer seem to jump up quite a bit during the school summer break.
It’s so nice here from May to November, it’s hard to think of going to Cuba in those months. I think we get Cuban, High Season weather without the summer humidity or the fall storms, usually.
I go Nov or April but have been to Holguin in June. Hot,but i am in the water,
| I’ve been in late June a couple of times and in August once, and would only do that again for a very low price (and I would definitely make sure the resort’s buffet was air conditioned!).
Haha Anne… that’s for sure, eh? The first time we spent a summer in Cuba, we went to Royal Hideaway Ensenachos… which had a buffet that was air conditioned.The next five summers, we went to the Sol Cayo Largo… which (for breakfast) didn’t… but at least had a small air conditioned dining room at the back of the buffet… Thank Goodness! Vacationing in the south (we’ve also done Myrtle Beach and Florida) at the end of July, beginning of August made sense (cents) for us:1) total disconnect(!) from work ~ a definite lifeline decision for us2) total relaxation for me ~ no cooking, cleaning or anything compared to renting a cottage3) much better weather, beaches and water temperatures 4) unbelievable savings $$$… flight, accomodation, food & drinks… much cheaper than renting a cottage for a week in the Muskoka/Haliburton areaYes, it is "Hot, hot, hot"… but we love it!
Air Canada Vacations posted a bunch of good deals for this summer today, $99 plus tax about $550 total for some 4 stars in Cuba (Veradero, Holguin). I’ve paid that for a weekend in the Laurentians. Maybe summer is the time to go.
Truly if you spend time on the beach and in the water its great. Going in the city where is asphalt and cement walking around is not so great.
|Okay, I’ve got next week off work and no plans. Started poking around Tripcentral.ca this morning and realized there’s plenty of time to book something and leave Sunday. Now I’m on the fence deciding whether I’d be uncomfortably hot and cranky there or chill and relaxed with a drink in my hand by the beach. Besides, there is so-o-o much to enjoy in Nova Scotia in the summer that I don’t want to miss any of it! Come on down!
I’d love to. Lived in Truro for a few years in the early 80’s and have never been back. It was on our to-do list. However, cheapest flights for next week is $645 return each. Then add car rental, hotels, meals, etc.
All inclusive to Cuba is coming in at the same price.
|Almost always cheaper to vacation anywhere but Canada once you add up the expense.Kinda sad but reality.
I would say in the last 6 years I have taken vacation about 25 times outside of Canada, and only done one or two trips in Canada…can’t justify the expense!!
| Okay, I’ve got next week off work and no plans. Started poking around Tripcentral.ca this morning and realized there’s plenty of time to book something and leave Sunday. Now I’m on the fence deciding whether I’d be uncomfortably hot and cranky there or chill and relaxed with a drink in my hand by the beach.
I would say go if you plan to spend time on the beach and you will love it. I wish you come back and write your experience here in this thread. Go and relax under palapa with cold drink in your hands. Than go to swimming pool or take dip in the sea and at night some nice dancing outside club with nice breeze..
Where do you look to go?
|Never been in the summer before, but are leaving for Cayo Coco on Sunday !! Had to work around my grandson’s school holidays. Planning on spending most of our time in the water, in the shade or someplace with good air conditioning. Have been in September quite a few times, and enjoyed it, and in Dec./Jan./ and Feb. when it has occasionally been a little bit too cool. This trip will be interesting !