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The Isla de la Juventud (Isle of youth), also known as the Isle of Pines, is the second largest Cuban Island and lies off the western end of Cuba's southern coast, 50km south of the main island. A great part of the Island is covered in pine forest (timber being the main industry here along with tourism), the source of the Island’s original name.

Punta Frances National Marine Park at the Colony is one of the world’s most significant dive sites featuring shipwreck remains and diverse coral species.

Nueva Gerona is the Island’s capital with a commercial harbour and lies on the northern coast. Private yachts are not permitted to enter.

Ensenada de la Siguanea on the south west coast of Isla de la Juventud lies within a bay formed by the Cayos los Indios chain of reefs stretching away to the NW.  The Siguanea marina can be found in the SE corner of the bay.

Position:  21° 37.01'N, 82° 59.06'W (approach to marina channel entrance)

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Nueva Gerona

The Guarda Frontera in Maria la Gorda may indicate that it's possible to stop here with prior permission. Cruisers that have tried this however were denied entry on arrival (see comment at bottom of page).

Siguanea

There is a small marina here and a coast guard station, but it is not an official port of entry.
As a domestic port you can request a despacho for Cayo Largo or Los Morros.

Last updated August 2018.

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Siguanea

The Marina Siguanea was built before the Cuban Revolution in 1958, as was the hotel El Colony just a few miles to the north. Both were intended to serve the luxury tourist market and to that end an airport was built in Siguanea, now unused. Today the marina is used primarily by charter boats for sightseeing, fishing and diving tours operating out of the hotel. Both are rather isolated and are surrounded by mangroves.

The marina has good depth inside, but the entrance channel only has a maximum depth of 1.5m. Leave the approach buoy, which is red and white, to starboard. Once inside the marina the draft increases to 4-5m on the north side, just beside the Guardafronteras base, and shallows towards the southern side.

It is possible to anchor here with good holding in muddy sand 800m NW of the marina channel entrance. This anchorage however can be rather exposed. Yachts anchoring outside the marina can land at the dock in the marina.

There is an old bus that brings the hotel and marina employees to work every day. This can be taken back to Nueva Gerona for shopping trips, approx. 45 minutes.

Last updated: August 2018

Marina Siguanea
Carretera Siguanea 42 , Siguanea Bay , Isle de Juventud
Tel:(+53) 619 8181 Fax:(+53) 619 8420 ,VHF Channel 16
Open all year with alongside berths, free water and electricity, diesel available.
Sail, rigging, electronics and fibreglass repairs possible.

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Aug 17, 2018 09:43 AM

Craig and Joanna Pollak of SV Rambunctious took a 2 week cruise from Havana along the West coast of Cuba to Cayo Largo Del Sur (see their report adjacent dated July 2018). This is an extract from their report about Isla de la Juventud:

We headed for Nueva Gerona on the Isla de la Juventud and covered the 45NM by 4pm. We started off close hauled to avoid the shallower waters of the Bajo de la Cucana on the north side of the Cayos de San Felipe islands, before bearing off a bit and heading towards Nueva Gerona.

This supposedly, is a quaint, beautiful old town, which can be used (if given permission by the Guarda Frontera) as the first re-provisioning stop when traveling West around Cuba from Havana. The Guarda Frontera agent in Maria la Gorda had called ahead to Nueva Gerona to alert them of my arrival in 2 days, so I felt relatively confident they’d let us in. If not, we had a spot to anchor near the mouth of the Las Casas river, which leads 1.5nms to the town, so we knew we were covered in any event. In the 300nms we had travelled since departing Havana, this was going to be the first grocery store we could visit.

Unfortunately, the Guarda Frontera officer I hailed on the VHF gave me an immediate “No. This is not possible. The next place for despacho is Cayos Largo del Sur. Do you understand?”
Oh well.

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