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Old 03-07-2013, 14:22   #1
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Proposed Cruise to Cuba

Two and half years of graft restoring my Down East 45 is nearing an end, (okay, stop laughing, I know it’s a boat), and we can consider an extended cruise at the end of the hurricane season here in Florida, about December time.
She is British registered and all the crew will be British passport holders, so we think we would like to explore Cuba.
We would sail first to the keys, then the Dry Tortugas, then south to Cuba.
Could anyone who has been there recently enlighten me about—well, everything.
For instance: Are visiting yachts welcome? Where should we head first, for immigration and clearance? Do we need visas beforehand? What would be the best likely cruise, the North Eastern coast, or the South Western side? Also, what is the best up to date cruising guide.
Finally, would we encounter any problems returning to the US—we are permanent residents?
Any other information which would be relevant.
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Old 03-07-2013, 17:23   #2
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Have been there twice in my boat this year.
Have much information and will be happy to share although not on an open forum. I do not have the time or am I looking for political debates.
therefore email me privately and we will begin at your leisure.
I encourage you to go, but try and have lots of time because there is so much to see.
It is absolutely fantastic!
It may be a socialist country but there is definitely an underground economy!
There you will find sadness and despair, yet phenomenal beauty, adventure, friendship and yes hope.
You will be very safe!!!!
I wish you well and pleasant seas.
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Was there in 2009. US passports SSR registry. No problems, but IMO not worth it. If you want to party with young girls cheap or perhaps tour inland might be an interesting trip.

Sailed over 300 miles of the coast and there's really not much to see. Have a good look at Calders book. There are some pretty pics, but there is roughly 25 miles of nice cruising on the Eastern N shore and maybe that much on the south shore. Lots of check points, BS paperwork and Hobnail boots in between. Oh, also guys wanting bribes.

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well hopefully this will be my last post on this subject but there will be differences of opinion so I suggest strongly that you go despite the previous post.
Bribes? well welcome to the Caribbean!!!
how about all the boat guys and "government officials" in places like St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Dominica, Grenada and lets not forget about one of the worse I have personally come across is Venezuela. Also they will drive you crazy in Jamaica. There are lots more but I am more tolerant than most I guess. It has never kept me from visiting these fantastic countries.
I do however remember a female government customs official in Cuba as we were departing sheepishly asked me for an apple that was in view on my boat.
I gave her the whole bag and she stared crying.........
I do agree however that you need to get inland and experience the mountains above the charming old city of Trinidad. See the French settlement of Cienfuegos (both are World Heritage Sites) and please do not miss Havana. The archipelagos and islands such as Cayo Largo and Jardines de la Reina are not to be missed!
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well hopefully this will be my last post on this subject but there will be differences of opinion so I suggest strongly that you go despite the previous post.
Bribes? well welcome to the Caribbean!!!
how about all the boat guys and "government officials" in places like St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Dominica, Grenada and lets not forget about one of the worse I have personally come across is Venezuela. Also they will drive you crazy in Jamaica. There are lots more but I am more tolerant than most I guess. It has never kept me from visiting these fantastic countries.
Not just the Caribbean. You will run into the same around the world. Just learn how to deal with it.


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I do however remember a female government customs official in Cuba as we were departing sheepishly asked me for an apple that was in view on my boat.
I gave her the whole bag and she stared crying.........
That is a heartbreaking story. I've live in south FL and had many Cuban friends and in general they are lovely people. I have read many reports about how bad it is in Cuba; engineers and even doctors driving cabs and busing tables in hotels because they make more money in the tourism industry and can't live on what they make as a professional.


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I do agree however that you need to get inland and experience the mountains above the charming old city of Trinidad. See the French settlement of Cienfuegos (both are World Heritage Sites) and please do not miss Havana. The archipelagos and islands such as Cayo Largo and Jardines de la Reina are not to be missed!
I also have no desire to get into the politics, "travel restrictions", etc. Being a US citizen I don't have the cojones to go until travel is officially sanctioned. As soon as the idiots in Washington our wonderful representatives give their blessings I'm on the way.
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"Two and a half years of graft" You poor sucker. Hope it all works out better for you down in the third world. If you cannot manage your boat repairs well enough in the good old USA, you will really howl down there.
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A new upto date cruising guide to Cuba by Yachtpilot publishing. They have good info on a website . Can give latest info check it at CruisinginCuba.com
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Two and half years of graft restoring my ...
Heh. I thought he meant grief.


No matter. I'm on the way. I want to party with cheap pretty young girls.
I'm easy.

The south side sure looks good for my interests: diving and eating. No?
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While this information isn't current, it's still pertinent and might be of some use, The Trawler Beach House: Cruising the South Coast of Cuba – East to West . Chuck
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Good read guys. Thanks
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The main thing, to stay out of trouble when cruising Cuba, is to not do anything that makes the authorities think you might assist or help any of their citizens in attempting to escape this wonderful paradise.
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I'm with 'Blue Crab'..... I would love to pay a bribe just to 'party with young girls'...or even 'old girls' for that matter - cruising Cuba is a definite future goal.
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I'm another chicken who will go as soon as it's "legal"!
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I find it rather sad that some of the posts are "excited" about going to Cuba simply to "party with young girls".
As if these young girls are simply waiting to party with 30-60+ y/o men. And for some reason these girls are sexually aroused by their presence.
You guys need to get a life. Not that I am a prude or trying to stand in the way of the oldest profession in the world but one has to asks themselves why these types simply can't they find "love" in their own cities and towns. They have to go to a foreign country for it?
Not for once thinking that these young girls are dirt poor and probably already have a child (or two) and are only trying to survive in a repressed society. Living in a day to day situation when it difficult to decide whether today I am going to buy milk and not food to feed my family. Maybe tomorrow I can buy food.
Sex is pervasive in Cuba, from the "young girls" to the old men selling Viagra on the street corners.
I guess on a positive note maybe a few more children will get to eat because their mothers sell their bodies.
Also as far as the other posts having to do with waiting "until it is legal" to go to Cuba is also unfortunate. Now is when they need people to come. On the other hand when it does open up you will not have far to go to grab a "Big Mac" because like so many other places they will be available on every corner. Unfortunately the very essence that makes Cuba, Cuba will be gone forever.
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