Yacht charter in Cuba

Rent Boats in Cuba

The Republic of Cuba is an island country in the Caribbean, which is located on an archipelago in the Caribbean Sea. Cuba is a country world renowned for its stunning natural landscapes and the vast coastal areas that it possesses. A yacht charter in Cuba gives you the perfect opportunity to enjoy your next holiday. Its capital is Havana, the country's most populous city. It is surrounded by a large number small islands that you can visit on your chartered boat. To the north of Cuba is the United States, specifically Florida, the Bahamas are close and to the west and south you will find Mexico, the Cayman Islands and Jamaica respectively. Its official language is Spanish. It also has 3,735 kilometers of coastline, which makes Cuba an ideal destination for nautical tourism.



In Cuba generally high temperatures occur. The mean values ranging from 24 ° C to 34 ° C on the eastern coast.


Ports


As Cuba is an island, there is a large number of ports, but they don’t always have the capacity for larger boats. However, depending on the model you choose for your boat rental holiday, you can choose to dock other ports. Some of the most important ports are:


Marina Santiago de Cuba:

this marina is located in the province of Santiago de Cuba, and has a full range of services such as utilities, water sports and many activities. It has a capacity for 100 moorings for boats of 60 meters in length and a draft of up to 9 meters.


Marina Varadero:

located in the town of Varadero, one of the most important points for maritime tourism in the country, this marina has a moderate capacity, with 30 berths, but can accommodate large vessels up to 60 meters in length and a maximum draft of 3 meters. Here you can enjoy a multitude of water sports and exciting activities.


Marina Hemingway:

Located on the north coast of the city of Havana. In addition, it is the historical and traditional port of Cuba. In it you can perform various types of fishing. It also has a ship repair service. Officially it has 400 berths, but only 100 are available, support for large yachts and sailboats can accommodate vessels up to 70 meters in length and a draft of 12 meters. We recommend you try to visit here as there are coral formations that are worth your time.


Cayo Largo Yacht Club:

This port is located in La Coloma, in the province of Pinar del Río. It has 50 moorings with capacity for boats with a draft of up to 4 meters and 60 in length. It offers services such as restaurants, electricity and drinking water.


Sailing Routes


Because of the privileged position that has Cuba in the Caribbean, there are different routes that you can follow from its shores to other islands or countries on your boat rental holiday. You can let the captain of the ship take you to their recommended destinations, or you can choose for yourself where to sail if it’s safe to go!


You can travel to the coast of Florida, where you will enjoy a warm climate and will enjoy water sports such as surfing or windsurfing. Also visit the nearby Florida Keys, a set of paradise like islands that are famous for their unspoiled nature and crystal blue waters.


On the other hand, if you decide to make your journey southwards you can find the Cayman Islands, and enjoy its characteristic turquoise waters and gorgeous beaches. Also visit Jamaica, a renowned tourist destination, whose capital, Kingston, is known for being the birthplace of reggae and enjoy a few days of tranquility in this country.


What to do in Cuba


Cuba is a country of great natural beauty both as architectural. It is a destination with a large number of activities to offer.


On one hand, you could spend a few days relaxing on the beaches, which have transparent waters and white sands, visiting the keys that surround the island, these are small paradise-like islands that can only be accessed by boat. On these islands, it’s possible to experience different water sports such as diving which is fantastic due to the gorgeous underwater life in Cuba.


The capital of Cuba, Havana, is the prime tourist destination on the island. It’s known for its famous cigars and friendly character, enjoy the rhythm of this city and the welcoming locals. It also has a wide variety of fun nightlife and delicious restaurants. You can visit the Plaza de la Catedral, which was built in the eighteenth century and the Museum of Colonial Art, the oldest building in the city.


You can also visit the city of Holguin, where you will find spectacular beaches, like the Emerald beach, Pesquero and Guardalavaca. These add up to make this province on the northern coast of the island, Cuba's third most popular tourist destination.


The town of Varadero, where some say, has the most beautiful beaches in Cuba, due to its wild nature. Here you can perform many water sports and activities like golf or even swimming with dolphins. You can make a trip to Santiago de Cuba, the country's second largest city, it’s noted for its beautiful squares and its huge musical environment or also visit Trinidad, called the "city museum" and declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1988.


On the other hand, if you want to enjoy the nightlife in Cuba you have multiple options to choose from, like going in Havana's famous Tropicana cabaret, a musical show in which you will enjoy excellent live music performed by the best orchestras in the country.



What really stands out in Cuba are the beautiful natural landscapes. You can explore Holguin’s protected forests, which are home to more than a hundred different species of endemic plants, or admire the waterfall of Cienfuegos, a majestic waterfall surrounded by lush vegetation. Moreover, in Havana there are different places to visit, such as the Cathedral of San Cristobal, which is noted for its Baroque façade and is currently considered one of the most stunning American Baroque religious buildings.


The famous Revolution Square in Havana is well worth a visit. With more than 72 thousand square meters in size, the interior ministry and a large sculptural relief with the image of Che Guevara there, this square is very interesting.


Moreover, in Cuba there are over 250 museums, 120 art galleries open to the public which hold valuable Cuban and international works. For example, the Cuban Museum of Art, is in the historic center of Havana. There is also a wide theatrical tradition in the country, as more than 60 theaters operate continuously throughout the year that will give you a full cultural experience.


You can’t leave Cuba without visiting Old Havana, famous for the character of its people and its urban landscape. It’s also characterized by old buildings and the old own car models from the 50's that line the streets. There is also the evocative promenade in Havana which is about 8 kilometers in length.


Beaches and Coves.


In Cuba there are huge beaches and secluded coves that are of enormous beauty. Moreover, the water is clear and turquoise and the beaches are practically uninhabited, sometimes surrounded by mountains, which you can visit in your own rented boat. Some of these beaches are:


Esmeralda Beach:


Considered to be the most beautiful beach in Holguín, it is home to beautiful lagoons, lush vegetation and stunning marine landscapes that are due to the immense barrier reef.


Playa de Varadero:


Located in the Matanzos region, it has more than 20 kilometers of beautiful white sand, it is one of the main tourist destinations on the island. Here you can take part in activities such as diving, snorkelling or other watersports. There are many other sailboats and yachts here too.


Cayo Sabinal:


Located in Santa Lucia, to the north of the province of Camagüey, it is a beautiful coral cay bordered by mangroves and lagoons that make this a lush landscape.


Cayo Guillermo: It is 13 kilometers in length and has 6km of golden beaches where water sports and fishing are some of the many activities you can do. It is an area only accessible by boat, so it is advisable to visit it during your vacation in your rented boat.

Playa Ancón:

Known as the best beach on the southern coast of Cuba, it is surrounded by dazzling mountainous landscape and coves of fine sand surrounded by pine trees. It is also located just 13 kilometers from Trinidad.


Natural Parks


In Cuba there is a large number of natural parks to visit in the area during your boat rental holiday. It is a country in which vegetation and stunning landscapes thrive. Some examples of the best known are:


Viñales Valley:

Located in the province of Pinar del Río, west of Cuba, it is a mountainous area of unique beauty, called mogotes which is filled with numerous caves and caverns, making it one of the most visited natural wonders of the country. It is part of the Guaniguanico mountain range. In 1999 it was classified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and in 2001 the Cuban government granted it as a National Park.


El Nicho Waterfalls:

The waterfalls of El Nicho are located in the Guanayara Park, in the province of Cienfuegos. A paradise like place where the vegetation, the rivers and the waterfalls surround the local, traditional villages. In addition, it is the home of the national bird, the Tocororo.


Topes de Collantes:

This is an immense area that is protected by the Cuban government, located in the central part of the island, in the Sierra del Escambray. A short distance from the city of Trinidad, there are several tourist attractions to enjoy during your boat vacation, make sure to visit Salto del Caburní, a 62 metre waterfall and La batata, a system of caverns with natural pools.


Currency:


In Cuba there are two official currencies, the Cuban Peso 1 € = 150 pc and the Convertible Peso 1 € = 1,1cuc. The Cuban peso is usually used by Cubans for "national" expenses, and the convertible peso is used by the tourist and with it is paid the foreign expenses like taxis, restaurants etc.


Gastronomy


Cuban cuisine is a combination of culinary arts from Africa, Spain, and also from the indigenous area. A mixture of cultures that have created a vast array of flavors with abundance of fish, meats and varied vegetables such as legumes, rice and black beans.


Some of the typical dishes that you can try during your holiday is the Ropa Vieja, it consists of stewed vegetables, rice and fried bananas. Furthermore try los Moros y Cristianos, a plate of black beans served with white rice which can be ordered mixed or separately. Other popular dishes on the island are Yucca con Mojo, Yucca with a special sauce called Mojo, and the Cuban sandwich, a sandwich made with Cuban bread, cooked ham, pork meat, Cheese slices, pickles and a spicy mustard sauce.


In any case, making your next holiday a boat rental break in Cuba will allow you to access places on the island that you wouldn’t be able to see by any other means. It will be an experience that you’ll never forget, due to its beautiful landscapes, the variety of vegetation, and the multitude of activities you can do in the country, in addition to all the vibrant and different places you can visit. Don’t wait any longer and know Cuba during your next boat trip, you will fall in love.

One of the great advantages of escaping to Cuba on holiday on a boat is the climate offered by the island. If you decide to sail here, you will enjoy a generally high temperature, which ranges between 24ºC and 30ºC, reaching its peak in the summer months. However, the months in which there are more tropical storms are September and October, in which it is spoken of "low season".


Average Temperatures:


In Cuba you can find an average annual temperature of 25.5ºC, and you can find the following average monthly temperatures in the months of high season:


May: min 22ºC, max 29ºC


June: min 23ºC, max 30ºC


July: min 23ºC, max 31ºC


August: min 24ºC, max 31ºC


September: min 23ºC, max 31ºC


Hours of Sun:


If you decide to rent a boat in Cuba, you need to know when the sun is out so you can sail during daylight. The average varies from 13.5 hours per day in June, to almost 12 hours in August, perfect for the busy summer months.

Plane:


It is the fastest way to get to Cuba make use of the rented boat. On the island there are 15 airports in total, of which 10 are international and serve more than 85 airlines in 73 countries, the main one being Jose Marti International Airport in Havana, which welcomes large numbers of tourists every year.


There are several companies that travel to Cuba from Spain and Europe on regular flights such as Iberia, Air Europa and Cubana de Aviación and many more European airlines. Most flights will go to the capital however there are some exceptions.


The flight lasts approximately 10 hours and the return flight lasts around 8 hours. Upon arrival, all travelers will be passed by a strict immigration control which includes a personal interview.


Boat:


You can reach the island by means of an external ferry and once there, take advantage of your rented boat. There are a large number of ports that accept international travelers on board, such as the Hemingway Marina, the Marina Varadero on the north coast or the International Diving Center María La Gorda on the south coast. There is a procedure for arrival by sea whereby the crew must communicate with the Cuban authorities before entering the country’s waters, which begin 12 miles from the shore, providing information such as the name of the vessel, the flag, the port of registry and the type of vessel, remaining on board until all legal formalities have been completed.


Taxi:


Taxis in Cuba are everywhere and are reasonably priced. It is easy to find a taxi during the day (not so much during the night) and the trips are relatively fast. The price is usually about 1 CUC per kilometer. Sometimes, some taxi drivers have the habit of turning off the taximeter and agreeing the price of the trip with the tourist, this is not legal, but the price is usually similar.


Bus:


Buses are often crowded, but they are quite practical in major Cuban cities.


These buses have a fixed itinerary with multiple stops, where there is usually a long queue, so it is advisable to get in line in good time.


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