We are a UK registered boat but have spent a lot of time cruising Cuba - along with plenty of US boats.
For us it was the best cruising we have ever had. I should quantify this a bit - it really depends on what you are trying to get from your life afloat. Do you prefer the life and amenities of somewhere like Georgetown
, or do you prefer adventure, new sites, new people, different cultures etc. Either is fine but only one view is really suited to the Cuba experience. Dont kid yourself as to which you really prefer or you won't enjoy it.
For us, Cuba can be summed up very easily. Beautiful people, beautiful scenery, a different way of living. Oh, and great fishing
In reality, there are obstacles, but no worse than many other countries and 100 times more polite. Cubans are extremely proficient at breaking almost every rule
in the book, so despite the apparent burocracy, it is much the same as anywhere really.
Don't expect to be able to get everything you want, but do expect to be able to get lots of things you never knew you wanted. Don't go if you are in a hurry either - its a big country and deserves the right to be explored properly.
In our view its an absolute must on any cruise
. If you would like more info, then please feel free to mail or PM me.
Finally, don't believe any of the rumours about what happens to boats and cruisers over there. We were happily sat at anchor
in a deserted spot talking to a cruiser on SSB
in the US who told us quite emphatically that this wasn't possible.
PS Radonic - many of those points are simply not true. That said, sure it wont put off those who are truly keen to go but if its stopping you, then go and get out there, its fine!