Hey Guys, many thanks for the warm welcomes. Over the last few weeks I have been doing a ton of research
on the Cuba idea, talking to people who have been and sailors in general whom have heard stories. It is possible, but it's not without it's complications. Obviously Cuba is blacklisted by the US, so we cannot use their ATM's which means you have to travel with cash, which obviously carries risks.
I already know well that it's very simple getting to Cuba from anywhere else (Canada, Mexico
, etc), and technically the authorities threaten to bring the hammer down, but there are plenty of ways to avoid getting into any legal
troubles (asking customs
not to stamp, not carrying explicitly Cuban goods, etc).
Sailing, however, is my general interest. It's not that difficult to get into port there near Havana, and all it really takes is a photocopy of your passport and a slip anticipating your arrival to the port. However a popular story I've been hearing as of late is running into Cuban customs
before reaching land. If you're American, I've heard they have a habit of taking advantage of the political situation. They've been known to confiscate cash, goods, and even boats. However as long as you're traveling in groups of three or more boats, with plenty of witnesses and more for them to handle, then you're fine.
I'll be heading down to Islamorada next week after I catch the Dolphins- Pats game
and hopefully I can run into a foreigner with a boat willing to take a trip across the water
haha. If not, I'll probably just do the lionfish hunting certification
(I've been told it's practically free to encourage more help toward their eradication) and drink too many Cuba Libres.
But in the meantime, still always looking to sail! I'm available any time as long as I'm back home for meetings on Saturdays. Just trying to get on the water and learn!
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