We have completed our 13th winter season cruising in Cuba.
From the Abacos you have 3 route
1. Through the Bahamas
to the Jumentos then across to Puerto Vita and westward along the north coast. During the mid-winter season, you must be very cautious about cold fronts.
2. Same as above to Vita or Santiago to clear customs
and immigration. Then along the south coast. It can be a slog to windward until you have rounded Cape Maisi for Santiago.
3. Back to Florida
, through the Keys and across to Havana (Marina Hemingway). The advantage of this route is that you can stock up in Florida
which is cheaper and easier than in the Bahamas
. It is important that you arrive in Cuba well-stocked with food
In previous years of cruising in Cuba we have been into every bay and port. This year the rules have changed (rules are constantly changing in Cuba) clamping down on cruising boaters and where they can go. Now, you will only be permitted into marinas
and tourist resort areas. You can anchor
locations provided there is no guarda frontera post. If you are in the vicinity of the guarda they will not let you ashore and will make you move on.
Though we got permission through Jose Esrich at Club Nautica in Havana, it made absolutely no difference, we were not permitted ashore anywhere except sanctions locations.