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Old 26-11-2016, 08:27   #1
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Castro dead at 90

In the news this morning reported the passing of Fidel Castro at the age of 90. The US has been moving towards better relations with the Caribbean Island nation. I always thought Raul Castro was eager for that to happen. Some changes could be on the horizon for cruisers if the 50 year long situation improves.
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Does anyone know how many marinas are in Cuba?
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Does anyone know how many marinas are in Cuba?
Short answer is, not enough. I read an article after the visit by Obama reestablishing diplomatic relations with Cuba that the Cubans were concerned with a lack of facilities for U.S. boats visiting the island. Wish I could remember where I saw the article but it was quite interesting.
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Marinas of Cuba

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Ps. Take the information given with a grain of salt. Marina in Santigo de Cuba they say 100 moorings when they actually had about 20 places by the pier, zero moorings but lot of place to anchor thou don't know if it's allowed becouse never seen any cruiser anchored there.
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Re: Castro dead at 90

as the hands of govt are not changing, i doubt many changes are imminent.
it is merely the official names-- raul has been head of govt since fidel became ill, if you recall.
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Ps. Take the information given with a grain of salt. Marina in Santigo de Cuba they say 100 moorings when they actually had about 20 places by the pier, zero moorings but lot of place to anchor thou don't know if it's allowed becouse never seen any cruiser anchored there.
Thanks for the link and I've learned the "grain of salt" practice in Mexico.
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Re: Castro dead at 90

Another question is can you anchor out, or travel anywhere without going directly to one marina from another, or is that even allowed?
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Raul has been in charge for quite a few years now. I doubt that anything is going to change.
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Well, I guess Fidel is finally a "good communist".
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Another question is can you anchor out, or travel anywhere without going directly to one marina from another, or is that even allowed?
Yup. Dunno if there's been any change but before it was like checking in and out Havana at Hemmingway marina and a couple of other ports. Then free to sail and anchor in most of Cuba..

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Re: Castro dead at 90

United Airlines starts flights to Havana on Dec 1. With that kind of accessibility things overall will start to change fast. Likely the same once boats start heading over...
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It was interesting to watch the explosion of joy in Miami and the tears and wailing in Havana.

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End of a very interesting era. While many on both sides, USA and Cuba, didnt like Castro or his politics, he was historically an interesting character.
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Excellent food, lovely women, great cigars, terrific original music, tropical paradise. I hope they stick to their guns and keep the revolution alive while allowing necessary material goods to enter. They should be able with patience to prevent profiteering and keep nearly 100% of the wealth for their own use. Here's to a bright future for the Cuban people.
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Raul has demanded the citizenry fly their hotplates at half mast.....
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