24 Apr - 6 May: Cienfuegos - Havana, Cuba: vibrant and exciting
Cuba has a rich cultural heritage and vibrant approach to life, deserted islands and fantastic sailing
Cienfuegos: First settled by the French and still having a Franco-Cuban feel, Cienfuegos has a rich architectural heritage from the 19th century. Fast becoming the nautical centre of Cuba due to its location on the beautiful Jagua Bay. Visit the famous Terry Theatre, the Jagua Castle and the spectacular Botanical garden. If you have time before you join Zenara take the short drive to visit the city of Trinidad, UNESCO World Heritage listed, with charming cobbled streets and colonial architecture restored to it’s 16th century glory.
Cayo Largo del Sur Marina, in Los Canarreos archipelago, we sail some 75nm to our first island Cayo Largo, with the possibility of a stop on the way at the coral reefs off Cayo Hijo de los Ballenatos anchoring off to explore glorious beaches and snorkeling. Cayo Largo has some spectacular beaches at the west end and south coast. Beautifully clear waters idea for snorkeling and fishing. Ashore there is a turtle and crocodile farm and lovely birdlife to be found on drying mudflats.
Cayo Rosario is a short sail from Cayo Largo, this Cayo is renowned for unspoilt sandy beaches and ashore there is a nature preserve and marked trail with the possibility of seeing some large iguanas. Then we continue some 85nm to Punta Frances, on the Isla de la Juventud.
Isla de la Juventud this island was discovered by Columbus and largely ignored for centuries. Since the revolution is has been developed as an agricultural region. It is worth renting a car for a day to simple explore this very picturesque island. Punta Frances has some lovely beaches and gorgeous coral. Further to west we will visit Bahia de Sa Pedro and Siguanea.
North coast to Havana From Siguanea we have a one to two day passage heading east around Cabo de San Antonio, the western tip of Cuba. This is a dramatic coast line with sheer sided mountains which give way to miles of wooded hills. Stopping off in several Cayos, Cayo Jutia and Cayo Paraiso, a lovely little crecent-shaped cay as we continue on our passage to Hemingway Marina, Havana.
Havana is the heart of Cuba’s busy political, scientific and cultural life. Old Havana, the city’s historic centre, was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site. Visit a cigar factory, sip cocktails at Floridita, Hemingway's favourite bar and dine in style at the Hotel National, immortalised in Graham Greene's ‘Our Man in Havana’. Every bar has live music and the city is alive both day and night. Don’t forget to allow time for a wonderful day trip by car to Pinal del Rio, enjoying the spectacular scenery and visiting Vinales a pretty colonial town and nearby caves.
This cruise is just under 500nm and combines some relaxed sailing, swimming, snorkeling with several overnight passages.
The price for an individual berth for this 12 day cruise is £1,950 and will include:
- Ocean Yachtmaster skipper
- All food and provisions whilst on board at sea
- All boat costs, including fuel, gas, berthing and safety equipment
You pay for flights, shoreside accommodation and your own personal insurance.
Contact us for more details.