A destination too often overlooked when chartering in the Caribbean. Historic charm, fantastic sailing and deserted islands make a yacht charter in Cuba a lifetime experience. Suited to more experienced bareboaters, as facilities for the yachtsman are still relatively sparse. Planning ahead is essential, but well worth it!
Located on the south west coast of Cuba, Cienfuegos is an inland town and harbour, with access to the sea by a 2nm channel. From here you can head out west to explore the beautiful Canarreos Archipelago - some 350 islands stretching some 75nm. Cienfuegos has ample facilities for the yachtsman and itself is a very interesting and beautifully restored colonial town.
The climate is tropical and has two seasons, dry season (winter) from November to May with average temperatures of 25°, and a wet season (summer) from May to November with average temperatures of 28 °. The wet season is characterized by heavy rains of short duration and usually late in the day. Winds are predominantly northeast in winter with variations southeast 15 to 25 knots. The summer winds are highly variable depending on the tropical depressions in the Gulf of Mexico and the Bahamas, they vary from 5 to 15 knots and 35 knots can be reached in a storm.
Cienfuegos is one of Cuba’s largest and most prosperous cities, which is where the yacht base is located. Filled with entertainment venues and eateries, the city is a hub of activity for shopping and soaking up Cuban culture. From the base at Cienfuegos, there are two main island groups to explore along the southern shore of Cuba.
After 50 years of closure to the world, this country has remarkable assets and incomparable diversity. The Cuban Archipelago is composed of a principal island, and multiples “Cayos” and rocky islets, resulting in a wide variety of landscapes including mountains, agricultural valleys and endless sandy beaches. The hospitality, kindness and pride in its traditions, folklore and its “salsa” all await you.
From the UK there are direct flights from Gatwick to Havana with Virgin Atlantic. Various airlines (Air France, KLM, Iberia) across mainland Europe, and also Air Canada from Toronto. Transfers can be arranged to the base (approx 2.5 hours, there are also regular air conditioned coaches (around $25 each way).
Most overseas visitors will require a visa. Please consult your local consulate. For UK visitors, visit http://cuba.embassyhomepage.com/
A tax of 25 Cuban Convertible Pesos (CUC) must be paid back at the airport before boarding.
Since 1 May 2010, medical insurance is required by the Cuban authorities for all travelers.
Since 1 October 2011, visas are issued for a period of three months, renewable once.
A passport valid for at least 6 months after the date of return is required.
The import to the island of devices such as satellite phones, GPS and DVD players is strictly regulated.
Phone: Call Cuba from abroad: There are special call centres for international calls.
Internet: The Internet in Cuba is quite slow and expensive, very few internet cafes except in large hotels.
Credit cards: Eurocard, MasterCard and Visa are accepted.
The following are refused: American Express cards and all cards issued by U.S. banks
The national currency is the Cuban peso. Another currency is the peso convertible.
It is recommended to leave with notes in small denominations and change on arrival at the airport against the convertible peso
Banks are open daily (except Sunday) between 07:30 and 15:30.
Public health is one of the achievements of socialism.
The doctors are really competent, but lack of medicine because there is no pharmaceutical industry in Cuba.
The percentage of hospitals per capita is higher than the European countries.
Medical expenses are paid for foreigners, but reimbursed by social insurance.
Cuba is undoubtedly one of the regions of the Caribbean healthiest after the West Indies.
No vaccinations are mandatory.
It is not advisable to drink tap water.
All fruits and vegetables may be considered organic by the absence of pesticides and fertilizers.
It is best to eat well-cooked meat.
The seafood is safe, but ciguatera does exist in the Caribbean.
Planning your shopping is a must. We will send you a comprehensive list pror to your charter to complete and return.