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January 2018: The anchorage and marina in Cienfuegos are now open following a period of closure and visiting yachts are once again welcome here.

Lying on the southern coast of the island, the town of Cienfuegos is some 1.5 miles inland from the port. You can either walk there in 20 minutes, take a bicycle taxi or horse-drawn carriage. The town centre is beautifully restored with lots of colonial buildings.

This is a good place for exploring more of Cuba overland as there are three car hire companies within walking distance of the port, and it is just a 3 hour drive to Havana.

Position 22°07’.50 N, 80°27’.20 W.

Clearance

All offices, immigration, customs, dock and harbourmaster, are present. Clearance is straightforward, although you may be asked for a small "present".

See Cuba Formalities for detailed information on clearing into and out of Cuba.

Docking

Marina

The marina here is open to transient boats, but is very small and active with four charter companies operating there. Generally a berth can be found during the week, Monday to Friday (and perhaps at weekends too, although this is when the charter companies turn around) - best to call the marina in advance to check for space.

The marina has good solid concrete berths and new floating pontoons, however with a strong Southerly wind there tends to be some swell. All personnel speak good English. The channel to the marina is well marked.

The Yacht Club is used exclusively by charter boats and is closed to transient vessels.

Anchoring

The anchorage here has good holding. When going ashore, dinghies can be left on the beach inside the Marina fenced perimeter, which is secure. The marina charges a fee for anchoring, but does allow use of their bathroom facilities and has a security patrol through the anchored boats at night.

A short walk from the marina is the place where everybody goes out in the evening and there is music playing here. In addition, right next to the marina and anchorage is the Cienfeugos Club which plays very loud music at night, making it difficult to sleep.

Security

Whilst marina staff do make security patrols of the pontoons and anchorage day and night, there have unfortunately been incidents of theft around the marina and anchored yachts (last report June 2017). As with everywhere, be sure to lift and lock your dinghy at night, secure your outboard and carry a minimum amount of gas in your dinghy tank.

Photos courtesy of Mary Buchanan who visited Cienfuegos in 2015.

Last updated April 2018.

Marlin Marina Cienfuegos
Calle 35 s/n, e/. 6 y 8, Punta Gorda , Cienfuegos
Tel:(53 432) 55-1241 ,VHF Channel 16
Water and electricity (110 and 220) are included in the price (check which you are hooked up to), although don't always work. Basic toilets and showers, fuel dock, mini-market, security patrols. Both marina and fuel can be paid with credit card.

Torsten Curdt
Torsten Curdt says:
May 01, 2018 10:54 PM

New crew luggage had to go through a quick inspection before coming on-board. Provisioning on a Monday is not a good idea because apparently on Mondays you cannot buy fruits and vegetables. (weird!)

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Jun 05, 2017 07:43 PM

Reported May 24th on Cuba Land & Sea Facebook Group:
We are currently in Cienfuegos and are sadly reporting that a dinghy raised on the davits at night on a Catamaran at anchor was cut away. The dinghy was not locked but found the next day with its 15hp outboard missing.
We stopped locking our dinghy in Grand Cayman after a month there and it was stolen. Just a reminder to lock lock and lock your dinghy.

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Nov 18, 2015 09:39 AM

From Cuba Cruisers Facebook Page:
Just be aware that petty theft has been occurring around the marina in Cienfuegos. Be sure to lift and lock your dinghy at night and carry a minimum amount of gas in your dinghy tank. A couple of guys swam out to our friends boat and tried to cut their dinghy loose but were unable to saw through the cable. I had my dinghy tank drained in broad daylight when I went ashore. The dinghy dock was moved to directly in front of the security guards because I raised holy hell and filed an official written complaint with the marina.

wapiti
wapiti says:
Jun 12, 2015 12:04 PM

Update on Cienfuegos Fees:
Arrival fees were 55CUC, normally payable by card except when it is raining.
mmigration fees were 15CUC per person. These have to be paid in cash but you are not allowed to go and get cash until you have a visa! After some discussion we were allowed to go to the Jagua hotel a few minutes away to change US$ at a fairly unfavourable rate.
There are no departure fees.
No “gifts” were solicited by or offered to any of the officials.

Fees for anchoring are 0.20 CUC per foot per day which includes use of the fairly run down showers and toilets and using the recently refurbished dinghy dock.
In the marina fees range from 0.55 CUC per foot per day for a boat of under 45ft, to 70 cents CUC per foot per day for a boat of over 100 ft. with lower rates for longer periods.

Water is metered and costs 5CUC per cubic mtr. and electricity is 0.45 CUC per kwh.

Diesel is 1.10CUC/ltr.

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