Cuba: The Queen of the Antilles
Cuba, in the heart of the Caribbean, is an island republic of heavenly beauty. Rainforests, islands off the coast – called Cayos – as well as more than 200 bays, 300 sandy beaches, crystal clear water and a dazzling underwater world with over 500 species of fish and 50 species of coral await the visitor. For Christopher Columbus, Cuba is said to have been the most beautiful country he has ever seen.
The cities with their nostalgic charm, rich in architecture from the colonial era, should also be visited on a shore excursion. Trinidad and the capital Havana have been declared by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites. The revolutionary Cuba with its good health system is a relatively poor country 25 years after the collapse of the Soviet Union and decades of US embargoes. Nevertheless, the country and the people exude a great zest for life that rubs off on the visitor.
South coast of Cuba
Sailing into the Caribbean past
The yacht charter area along the south coast of Cuba is the perfect place for a wonderful sailing holiday with its crystal clear, warm water, pleasant air temperatures and good wind conditions. Hundreds of lonely bays and beaches of Caribbean beauty, the Bahia de Cienfuegos, the offshore small islands such as Cayo Largo, Isla de la Juventud, the Golfo de Ana Maria, the Archipielago de los Jardines de la Reina and the Bahia de Santiago form an enchanting backdrop with a length of approx. 2,500 km. At the Cayos you can admire flamingos, turtles, lobsters, hundreds of fish species and dozens of coral species in their natural habitat.
The marinas in Cuba always offer a place for your yacht, as the yacht charter area of the south coast of Cuba is not yet as developed as the area of the other Caribbean islands.
The region around the starting point of the yacht charter in Cienfuegos offers sailing vacationers well-equipped marinas as well as romantic anchorages on the Cayos. From Cienfuegos you can head for Cayo Largo and Isla de la Juventud in the north.
The Golfo de Ana Maria with its more than 900 small islands and the Archipielago Jardines de la Reina (Queen’s Gardens) is a journey into the past of the Caribbean. Bays and lagoons for swimming, white sandy beaches for sunbathing and enchanting landscapes, but also a gorgeous underwater world for divers and snorkelers are part of this trip far away from modern civilization.
For sailing trips in remote areas you should have stocked up on everything you need beforehand, as the possibilities on site are limited.