Discovered for the Europeans by Christopher Columbus in 1492, Cuba is an island with a rich and diverse culture and history. With influence from native peoples, Spaniards, and African nations through the importation of slaves, Cuba has grown into a culturally varied island with amazing art and entertainment to go along with its astounding beauty. The many different groups and backgrounds have also contributed to a delicious cuisine that may end up being just as memorable as your time at sea.
With the Caribbean Sea, Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Ocean all within reach, Cuba is an ideal location for a sailor to have a holiday. Sail from Cienfuegos or Casilda on the southern coast of central Cuba in any direction to experience at sea. With its central location among Caribbean islands, you can’t go wrong sailing from Cuba, and with the many activities and adventures available on the mainland you can have an extended holiday both on land and at sea. Cuba is an exciting place to visit, but even more wonderful to sail around. At 780 miles (1250 km) long, it provides plenty of breathtaking views you can experience from the deck of your catamaran or sailboat.
Before heading out on your boat, take some time in Cienfuegos for some unforgettable attractions. El Nicho waterfalls are a wonderful place to swim in a natural rock pool under leafy trees and a sapphire blue sky. Visit Zapata Peninsula to experience a unique inland area covered in swampland and wooded areas full of wildlife and making up the largest ecosystem on the island. After your fun on land, head back to the water before you board your boat again for some of the best scuba diving in the country. However, since the country is an island, there will be amazing scuba diving wherever you choose to do it. And with the stunning blue waters and brightly colored sea life of the Caribbean, diving will likely be a highlight of your vacation in Cuba.
After your time Zapata, sail around the western tip of the country on to Havana, the capital. Experience the rich culture of the Old City, which includes architecture that dates back to the 1500s, and be fascinated by the vibrant street life in the old part of the town. You can even stick around for some dancing in the street.
Continue your journey around Cuba by anchoring in Santiago de Cuba. This is the country’s second biggest city, the one with the largest African population and culture, and the most musical area of the country. Located on the southeastern coast of Cuba, the city has an impressive history, beautiful beaches, a fortress atop a hill, and a colorful and exciting celebration of Carnaval each July.
With exciting, unique experiences all over the island nation, sailing around Cuba is a great way to see all the country has to offer. The time spent seeing sights on land and the freedom of being out at sea can be combined by circumnavigating the island and setting anchor to see the amazing features the country has to offer both on it shores and within the sea around it.
Cuba is an archipelago of islands in the Caribbean Sea south of Florida. With the Bahamas to the north, Haiti to the east, Mexico to the west and Jamaica to the south, Cuba is a destination among many other desirable vacation spots. Besides circumnavigating the island itself, which would allow you to see and experience the Cuban culture to the fullest, you can very easily sail to a different country instead, and get more of a variety.
Start your journey in Cienfuegos or Casilda and sail southeast on the Caribbean to Montego Bay, Jamaica. Stop at the Cayman Islands on the way for a relaxing break from sailing, or enjoy the solitude of the open water on your way down to Jamaica. Take in some delicious Jamaican food, listen to live music, and go for a romantic ride on horseback on some of Jamaica’s breathtaking beaches. You can then sail east along the coast of the island before heading north up to Santiago de Cuba for a visit to the former capital of Cuba, or continue east to Haiti or the Dominican Republic.
Depending on how long you wish your vacation to be, the sailing opportunities from Cuba are numerous. All the countries of the Caribbean, plus the United States all the way down to Venezuela, are possible sailing destinations if you charter a yacht in Cuba. However, with the amount of beauty, culture and relaxation available in Cuba itself, you may just want to sail around that island for the duration of your holiday.
Cuba’s location primarily south of the Tropic of Cancer gives the country a tropical climate. The average temperature for the month of July is a comfortable 80.6ºF (27ºC) and for January is a mild 69.8ºF (21ºC). This makes Cuba an ideal sailing destination throughout the year. The climate is due in part to the consistently warm Caribbean waters that bring warm water north from the Equator.
Cuba enjoys northeasterly trade winds throughout the year, which not only help keep the island warm, but also will keep your sails working. For those looking to charter a sailboat and use only wind power, Cuba is a lovely, consistently windy place perfectly suited for a sailing yacht.
Because the island is warm throughout the year, it is probably best to visit between the months of November and April. The island enjoys a drier season in the winter and spring months, which means calmer waters for you to sail on and more hours of sunshine for you to enjoy. The rainy season begins in May, but possibly the worst time to charter a yacht in Cuba is when the waters of the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea combine, and can make hurricanes form. The peak of hurricane season is September and October, so it is best to avoid the area during those months.
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With sailboats and catamarans in Cuba, Yachtico is confident that you will be able to find the right yacht for your vacation. The prices of the boats ranges from 1600 Euros to 4500 Euros per week, meaning you can choose a moderately priced boat or go all out with one on the luxurious side. Whichever you choose, you’ll surely be happy with it once you’re on the lapis-colored waters of the Caribbean Sea.
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Inspiration, article and insider tips: Steffen Bruenn
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