Cuba is built on myths and metaphors. In the 50’s Cuba was the Monte Carlo of the Caribbean where stars like Errol Flynn or authors like Hemmingway sipped their rum cocktail. Then in the 60’s came the radical revolution and it was followed by the regime of Castro during the last three decades. These are only little episodes in the long history of the Cuban people. Columbus was the first european to discover the island in 1492 and he described it in the following way: "The exceptional beauty beats everything with its magic and grace just as the day surpasses the night with its brilliance."
There are thus good reasons for Cuba’s reputation as the pearl of the Antilles. Cuba is located at the entry of the Gulf of Mexico and just below the Northern Tropic. To the west of Cuba lies the Yucatan Peninsula, to the east there is Haiti, to the south there lies Jamaica and to the north at a distance of around 80 nautical miles you will find Florida.
4195 smaller islands and sandbanks are part of the archipelago. Every sailor can trust the north-eastern trade winds. 10 to 25 knots are the norm. There is besides that something noteworthy about Cuba. It has the lowest rate of hurricane appearances in the Antilles.
The waters around Cuba
Due to the geographical size of Cuba you have to decide in which waters you want to sail. At your disposal are Varadero, which is appealing with its good international flight connections, comfortable hotels and what are probably the island’s most beautiful beaches or Cayo Largo, the Caribbean alternative on the fresher Atlantic coast or even La Habana where you can find one of the world’s most beautiful diving paradises.
This is a program of contrasts you can't experience in only one sailing trip. Cuba’s natural surroundings, its Creole cuisine and the impressions of its ancient architecture are impressive in any case.
In the middle of Mangroves and king size palm trees you'll get to know the real cuba far away from the regular tourist buzz.
Fishing is prohibited
distance airports to base:
Havanna (HAV) - Trinidad: ca 350km
Varadero (VRA) - Trinidad: ca 155km
(due to difficult street conditions, Transfer may take longer than usual)
Havanna (HAV) - Cienfuegos: ca 250km
Varadero (VRA) - Cienfuegos: ca 200km
Havana, Puerto Vita, Santiago de Cuba, Cayo Blanco, Trinidad, Varadero, Nueva Gerona, Cienfuegos
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CORONA / Covid-19 info on sailing & yacht charter in Cuba
Although there are currently no compulsory registration or restrictions for travellers to Cuba,
please note the latest developments on the website of your local Foreign Office.