⛵ A guide to charter a yacht in Cuba

Cuba has everything that an explorer can dream about. Mountains for hiking, agricultural valleys with famous Cuban tobacco fields, sandy beaches, night clubs with proper Cuban rum, colorful cities, hidden bays, coves and caves. Ideal place for adventure, when you want to spend Christmas or cold European winter in the Caribbean.

For Cuba, we offer more than 30 charters yachts for rent, including some of the best sailing yacht and catamarans available in the market. Our vessels are all located in Cienfuegos in very well-equipped Marina Cienfuegos.

The climate in Cuba is tropical, with dry and cool season from late November to mid-April and a rainy, muggy season from April to November. Winter in Cuba is warm in the north and we can say hot in south. Daytime temperatures from December to February in capital city are around 26°C and even 28°C in the south. During this period of year, rains are not frequent but short cold outbreaks may bring some days with cool weather. During rainy season, there’s muggy heat everywhere. The hottest months are July and August with temperatures around 33/34°C . The rains are during this months are often intense.

From June to November it’s hurricane season in Cuba. Tropical storms affect especially the eastern part. The period when they are most likely runs from August to October. Hurricanes are not frequent, but sometimes they can be destructive, bringing torrential rains and gale-force winds, so this period is not recommended for those who want to be on the safe side.  

⛵ Top sailing destinations in Cuba

Old Havana, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is one of the best-preserved witnesses of Cuban history. Walking around the streets and gazing up at the grand Baroque and Neoclassical buildings, makes it easy to imagine how common life in Cuba looked like 200 years ago. The most well known attractions here include the Plaza de la Catedral, home to the Cuban Baroque Catedral de San Cristobal; the legendary restaurant and Hemingway hangout, Bodeguita del Medio; and the military fortress, Castillo de la Real Fuerza.

Rimmed by glittering beaches, Guardalavaca, in the Holguin province, is quieter and more remote than sometimes overpopulated Varadero. Lush foliage fringes the sweeping strand of beach here, providing plenty of shady patches for those seeking respite from the tropical sun. Divers and snorkelers can explore a plethora of sea life along the coral reefs. Playa Paraíso (Paradise Beach), on the island of Cayo Largo del Sur, is one of Cuba's best. This sublime strand of powdery white sand and baby blue sea skirts the sheltered western edge of the island and merges with the equally ravishing Playa Sirena. 

The island of Cayo Largo del Sur is truly a sun seeker's destination with a typically dry, sunny climate. The Parque Nacional Viñales, a UNESCO World Heritage Site is a beautiful, verdant valley in the Sierra de los Organos, north of Pinar del Rio. Steep limestone hills, called mogotes, slice through the valleys, creating a dramatic landscape. The valley floors in the Parque Nacional Viñales are agricultural areas where tobacco, fruit, and vegetables are grown. For outdoor enthusiasts, the park offers fantastic hiking and horseback riding in the hills.

⛵ How to get there

There are several international airports, located in Cuba. The most used one is in the capital city Havana. Regular flights to Cuba depart from Belgium, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, Russia, Spain, Switzerland and the UK. Canada has a good connection as well and since 2016 there are also several connections from the USA.

If you fly to Havana, the most convenient means of transportation to Cienfuegos is by shuttle  which costs 12-21€ and takes around 2h 50min. Another option is to travel by bus, which costs 14-23€ and takes around 5h.

 

🔹 Tips

  • Cuba has two official currencies: the Cuban Peso (CUP) and the Cuban Convertible Peso (CUC). The CUC will cover most of you purchases as a tourist (restaurants, tourist attractions etc.), however when you would like to buy something from street vendors, food stalls, make purchases at flea market or buy bus tickets, you will need CUP (it is mostly used by locals).

  • We do not recommend drinking tap water

  • Eat at the recommended restaurants, buying food from a street stall or local vendor can make you sick

  • Cuba does have internet, but access is limited, and service isn’t available everywhere

  • In Cuba the power plugs and sockets are of type A, B, C and L.

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