I have sailed to Cuba from Sarasota
6 times, a few times single
handed on a Pearson
Triton, I have a 501-c3 and go to help kids
at a orphanage. I can not say enough about the wonderful Cuban people.
Once it was to ruff to enter Marina Hemingway Marina and I was given permission to enter Havana Harbor, alone on the Triton I surfed the large swells into Havana, Castle Morrow on my left and Havana on my right, it was a bucket list moment I will never forget.
I was told to dock
at the cruse ship pier, OK I thought. The next day the official said I needed to pay 65 per day dock
fee, I went ballistic and said I would return to the sea and perish, rather then pay the crazy fee.
They marched the Admiral of the Cuban Navy
, the Police and of course undercover Cuban men
with beady eyes on to my boat
, I explained I was alone and the 12 bags of toys and cloths were for the Cuban Orphans.
They smiled and said as soon as the weather
cleared I was free to go on to Marina Hemingway.
If your going feel free to contact me, and take a few things to the kids
at the Orphanage.
Never felt in danger
, rented a car, rented a motorcycle no problems ever,
just use common sense, don't get blind drunk and walk home alone from the bar, hell I don't do that here in Sarasota
My big and I mean big warning is watch your weather
, Gulf Stream
, winter time with cold front coming down it can get nasty quick, summer time squalls are a pain but pass quickly. The entrance to Marina Hemingway is ok but only during the day in my opinion.
Just go before Starbucks and Taco Bell are on every corner,
Just My 2 cents, have fun,