I am currently in contact with friends in Varadero. They were turned away from entering Marina Darsena and told to check in at Gaviota. Only after 30 days in Cuba can the boat go to Darsena which is a much preferred location. The government
directive for this is that Darsena cant deal with "International Garbage"... which is garbage. They dealt with it when we were all there last winter.
There are no renovations going on at Darsena unless they are fixing the showers which were in bad shape. All the new dock pedestal
mains were installed a few years ago and work very well. Docks in great shape, Nav installation
all working, security
Gaviota Marina at the far eastern tip of the Hicacos Peninsula is Cuba's newest marina (still under construction but has dockage). This marina is in such a lousy location for boaters that no one wants to go there. I know, as I was in there in varadero last spring to take a look at it. We were docked, with dozens of other boaters mainly Canadian true but many Europeans and several American vessels, at Darsena at the time.
In essence, Gaviota is Raul Castro's marina. We came to the conclusion last year whilst at Darsena, that he would shut Darsena down in order to drive traffic to Gaviota. This has now been done. Boaters can no longer check in at Darsena. Boats can only enter Darsena after being in Cuba for a month. I know this to be fact as as my friends are there now--they finally got permission to move to Darsena as the boat is now more than 30 days in Cuba. I need the information as I am in the Keys waiting to cross to Cuba. Boaters in Varadero now are not happy with the situation, as Gaviota is a lousy place to spend a month everyone is leaving and making for Marina Hemingway as weather
permits. But persistent westerlies are hampering their movements.
My reference to PoEs is that Coco Guillermo is now only a check out port. Maria la Gorda was closed as a PoE a few years ago. And anyone using old guides are shocked when they are turned away from Baracoa as it hasnt been a Port of Entry in years. With a coastline of over 2000 nm there are only seven PoEs.
It is a shame that Americans are being deprived of their constitutional right to travel...well some American anyway. I'd be happy to see more boaters in Cuba.