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Hip, exotic and utterly unique, this is one Caribbean island where the spectacular beaches are by no means the main attraction. A cultural gem, Cuba entices travellers with its vintage charm, lively rum bars, tobacco plantations and monuments to revolution.
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On a sailing voyage we never use the word itinerary, as skippers will always be aiming for the best sailing and shore landings for the forecast and most idyllic or sheltered anchors and ports. They are as keen as you to include some of the highlights describe, but you have to go with Mother Nature, not fight her. The description below is based on what we think might be possible, based on past trips, or experience, but nothing is guaranteed on a sailing voyage.
Join us for this exciting sailing adventure. Take a dip in the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean, admire Cuba’s unique natural wonders and discover the beauty of this stunning Island.
Beginning in Cienfuegos, where you can spend a full day exploring the city’s musical heritage and historical streets. There is an option to sail to Trinidad, a colourful community of casas particulares and more museums than anywhere else on the Island. There is the possibility to travel to the 19th century sugar plantations of the Valley of Ingenios, a UNESCO world heritage site.
Further west, lies the Playa Giron (Bay of Pigs) which is an important site in modern Cuban history, a visit to the Zapata ecosystem may well be on the cards here. The Zapata swamp in the Montemar Great Natural Park is one of the most attractive options in Western Cuba in addition to being a paradise par excellence for ecologists.
Next, you will cross the turquoise waters of the Caribbean to Juventud Island, a remote paradise with shock-white beaches and colourful reeks. We may also visit the beautiful island of Bahia de Corrientes where the sublime beaches will take your breath away. Here there may be time for a trip to Guanahacabibes National Park to get up-close to the native wildlife and natural scenery.
The next few days will be spent sailing around the western coast of Cuba. The final destination before arriving in Havana is the Puerto Esperanza province. Here they may be the opportunity to travel inland to the mist-covered, jaw-droppingly beautiful valley of Vinales, with its dramatic limestone outcrops, hyper-green vegetation and timeless caves.
This voyage will finish at one of the marinas in Havana. Famous for its vintage cars and Spanish colonial architecture, where you will have the opportunity to explore this vibrant city.