By Mayté Solano Gómez
International Women’s Day is celebrated in Cuba and many other countries on March 8. While around the world the day is to help eliminate discrimination against women and is also focused on helping them gain full and equal participation in global development, in Cuba we celebrate all that we have won, culturally, socially and economically speaking.
Let’s find what will charm you if you visit Cuba in March, the month of the Women.
Cuba Weather in March
Between December and April, the temperature drops to 19-21 ° C / 66-69 ° F, and so does the humidity. It almost doesn’t rain. In Cuba in March the weather is still a little cold, but with more and more days with typical Cuban heat. Nights are commonly fresh. Without the risk of hurricanes, March is a great month to travel to Cuba.
Cuba Events in March
Culture Weeks in Cuba in March
Every month in Cuba some of the provinces or the municipalities celebrate Culture Week. In March, Havana, Ciego de Ávila, Granma and Guantánamo are the places where you can enjoy tradition and heritage on the island.
In the Plaza de la Revolución municipality in Havana, during Culture Week, you will find not only Cuban music played by the best popular music groups but also theatre performances, fashion parades and literary clubs meetings, everything for both kids and adults.
Many institutions in Vedado, the most popular neighbourhood in the Revolution Square municipality, welcome artists and general public. The Culture House, the Almendares Park, the Bertolt Brecht theatre and the Martí Sports Center are some of them.
Some places of interest to tourists in this municipality are the Revolution Square, the Christophus Columbus Cemetery, the John Lennon Park, the National Hotel and the famous icecream cathedral Coppelia.
In the Casa del Artesano (the Handicraftsman House) you will find real Cuban souvenirs, from small wooden dancers, domino games and jewellery made with bones to big fans and sculptures of Cuban Indians or black slaves’ faces. Nearby, from Casa Gertrudis Martorell, you will enjoy a great sea view from the quietness of your room.
Ciego de Ávila
Known as the City of Porches, Ciego de Ávila is the gateway to Cayo Coco, where there are some of the best beaches in Cuba. In this quiet and not very famous city in the centre of the island, Culture Week is mostly dedicated to childhood, women, theatre, movies and literature.
In this province ‘La Turbina’ is nowadays the most interesting sites, where many of the main activities take places. It is a small amusement park located to the north-west of the city, at the edge of a lake. Here you will find restaurants, thematic sculptures and you will enjoy boat rides and other nautical sports. There are also parks for children.
Bayamo is the capital of Granma, one of the easternmost provinces in Cuba and the second of the seven settlements founded by Spanish, in 1513. It was here were, in March 1851, the emblematic song La Bayamesa, a symbol of love and patriotism in our country, was sung for the first time.
This is one of the reasons to celebrate Culture Week this month. The event begins usually with a parade and includes also conferences, concerts, theatre festivals and contests and shows for children. Photography and literature are also present. In the Casa de la Trova you can hear traditional music and dance.
From Bayamo you can hike the Sierra Maestra mountain range and enjoy of the greatness and beauty of nature.
Finally, Culture Week in Baracoa, Guantánamo, exhibits the work of the artists of the town, supporting and promoting creativity within local communities. It is the most important event in the municipality and recreates the best of our cultural traditions through music, theatre and traditional foods. It begins with a parade and includes also conferences and trade fairs and other popular festivities.
Baracoa was the first settlement founded by Spanish. La Farola viaduct and the Alejandro de Humboldt National Park are some of the most interesting places in this region, where nature shows the best of its beauty.
The Havana World Music Festival is one of the most important events that take place in Cuba in March. It is a great musical and cultural festival which exposes the richness of diversity and miscegenation in the island. It gathers in Havana a great number of artists from all over the world and Cuba, of course.
The Fiesta del Tambor (Drums Festival) is an international contest held in Havana, in multiple venues such as Karl Marx Theater, Pink Room of La Tropical, Old Square (Old Havana), Karl Marx Theater Parking, among others. It is not only dedicated to percussion but ‘Casino’ and ‘Rumba’ dancers as well, two of the most traditional music genres in Cuba.
What to Do & See in Cuba in March
With such weather, a bath on the beach is not the best choice, although some international tourists will find water temperature in March just great for a dip in the sea. If you agree with that, then a sun and beach location will also be perfect for snorkeling, diving, fishing or just enjoying sunny, but not boiling hot, days and the calm and the views of the place. In Varadero or the keys, you will have the best vacations.
However, culture and heritage travels are the best options to enjoy Cuba in March. The famous, historic city centres of Havana and Trinidad will transport you to the XVII and XVIII centuries. Besides, the combination of ancient and contemporary will let you discover the roots and traditions of the Cuban people.
Music and other sorts of art will welcome you to these and other destinations in Cuba in March, during the Cultural Week that takes place in many of them. So you will have the opportunity to be part of the festivities on the streets, theatres and Music Houses.
Cuba Circuit for March
Culture and traditions
For a culture and heritage trip, we recommend the circuit Havana- Viñales- Trinidad- Havana.
The capital of the island offers multiple options for the lover of art. To start with, the historic centre’s buildings are masterpieces themselves. The architecture goes from the ArtDeco and Barroco styles to the neoclassical.
The buildings that surround the four main squares in this historic centre host nowadays museums and theatres which show the history of this side of the city. A little further away, at the edge of the historic centre, are the Capitolio and the Fine Arts Museum, both of which highlight the beauty that distinguishes the area from the rest of Havana.
The west Havana, you can visit Fusterland, an artistic project that represents the best of urban art in the country. Here you can see sculptures, paintings, murals, ceramic mosaics, all very colourful and showing countries from Latin America, Cuban personalities and the world and passages from the history of Cuba or nature, such as palm trees and animals.
The Alley of Hamel, at the limits of Vedado and Havana Centre, is a street expression of Afro-Cuban art and culture, where you can find works made from the remains of old bicycles or abandoned bathtubs and colourful murals that adorn the walls of the houses, on which the “Orishas” or deities of the island are represented, accompanied by legends, phrases and poems. There is also Afro-Cuban music and dance.
For Cuban traditional music and dances, we recommend in Havana you visit ‘El Guajirito’ or the Tropicana cabaret.
Tropicana is the most famous cabaret in Cuba and has worldwide recognition. It is also known as the Moulin Rouge of the Caribbean. Here you can enjoy a wonderful show, full of lights and colours.
The Guajirito is related to the best of traditional Cuban music, performed by musicians and singers from the Buena Vista Social Club, Afro-Cuban All-Stars, and the Tropicana and Parisién Cabarets.
In both of them, you will enjoy the best of Cuban popular and traditional music, dances and even foods. Contact the Cuba Casa team in Havana and they will help you book the places of your interest, as well as salsa classes.
Concerning Viñales and Trinidad, both declared World Heritage Sites, they will show the visitors the best of the Cuban countryside, through excursions to the coffee and cigar plantations. There are also waterfalls, National Parks and caves. So activities such as trekking, hiking and horse riding are among the best options.
As for music, in the Trova Houses and the Casas de la Musica, you will enjoy real Cuban traditions, including the drinks. In Viñales, the Guayabita del Pinar, and the Canchanchara in Trinidad, are genuine expressions of the distilling processes found in the countryside.
If you are a lover of adventure tourism, the canopy stations (zip line), which involve hurtling down a cable thanks to the force of gravity, add excitement to the contemplation of the beautiful landscape.
Finally, sun and beaches are also attractive to anyone who visits these destinations. From Viñales some of the most beautiful keys can be reached. In Trinidad, the Ancon beach awaits you, also among the most beautiful in the country.
Cuba in March in Summary
So… we recommend you visit Cuba in March. You will find nice weather, ideal for exploring and discovering our culture and traditions. Bathing at the beach is also possible, although the temperatures are quite mild compared to the sweltering summer heat.
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