Cuba charts are available from Blue Water
Charts and on the internet
. You should be able to buy them in Canada
without any difficulty. The nautical charts put out by the Cuban government
- - There are no "up-to-date" charts for the Dominican Republic
- guide books
are about the only way to get specific harbor/bay information. The old "DMA charts exist for the "big picture" and not much has changed. Wavey line Charts makes the only "new" charts of the D.R. and you can find them in most chart stores.
- - All the Puerto Rico
Charts are free from NOAA if you are using an electronic charting system. You can get free charting systems like Sea Clear II or the newest OpenCPN
and run them on your notebook computer.
- - Assuming you are going to run the Cuban coastline west and around to the south side of Cuba - you would then might stop in Port Antonio, Jamaica
or just cross the southern end of the Windward Passage
and track along the south side of Haiti
and the Dominican Republic
. See the DR Cruising Guide for an excellent treatment of the South Coast of the D.R. As with all Cruising Guides
things are always changing between the publication date and the current
time, so be wary of possible different ways things are now from they way there are described in any Cruising Guide.
- - If you are intending to take the hard way eastwards along the Cuban north coast to the northern side of the D.R. - good luck! That is both upwind and up current
- - If you are in a hurry to get to Venezuela
, then from the eastern end of the D.R. you could beat south to the A.B.C. Islands (Aruba, Curacao
, Bonaire) and then truck east along the Venezuelan Islands to whatever your destination
there is located.
- - Also from Puerto Rico
and the Virgin Islands
you can also head
directly south to Venezuela. The other route
(long one) involves following all the Leeward Islands
to the Windward Islands
south to Grenada
and then heading west to Venezuela.