Will Cuba become the next great yachting destination in the Caribbean?
Since we are well on the way to becoming “best-buddies” all over again with this beautiful island nation, and after 50 years of government imposed isolation, it may be worth taking a long look at the pros and cons of a yachting vacation to and around this relatively unspoiled vacation island.
For starters, Cuba is undeniably one of the most beautiful islands in the Caribbean. It offers crystal clear waters, unbelievable beaches, calm waters and nice friendly locals. Some words of wisdom: as of the writing of this page, the US trade embargo is still in force so certain formalities at both ends must be adhered to for US citizens visiting the island. We can help with these, so feel free to call 305-758-2500 or email us.
WHERE TO CRUISE?
The Southern Coast
The little islands (cayos) in the Gulf of Batabano which is part of Pinar del Rio are great stop-off destinations. The larger island (and province in its own right), of Isla de la Juventud is surrounded by small cayos like Cayo Largo, Cayo Cantiles, Cayos Boca de Alonso, and the Isle of Pines Reef that has to be at the top of the list.
East of the city of Trinidad in Camaguey province there is another group of islands called Jardines de la Reina which include the famous Cayos de las Doce Leguas and are truly remarkable.
The Northern Coast
WHERE TO START?
Some boats in the international charter fleet have announced plans to use Cuba as a base during the season, so it may be possible to fly into Havana and pick up your charter yacht in Cuba. There is a new marina in Key West that caters to larger yachts and this will make a difference since it’s only 90 miles from Key West to Hemingway marina in Cuba.
THE CUBAN CHARTER FLEET
WHAT TO EXPECT?
- Very friendly and relatively unspoiled locals that have not been overexposed to the tourist trade like the rest of the Caribbean.
- Unsophisticated shopping and facilities.
- Very reasonable prices (while they last).
- Limited and unsophisticated internal transportation.
- Increasing number of restaurants, especially in La Habana.
- Breathtaking beauty of the Cuban countryside and incredible uncrowded beaches away from the popular local tourist traffic.