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 Cuba - General Info

Time Zone

UTC -5 UTC -4 April to October

Yachting Essentials


Voltage: 110/220 V
Frequency: 60 Hz

Plugs A & B, C, F & L.    
Most older hotels 110 V. Some newer hotels 220 V. Some outlets are a combination of type A and C and can accept either type plug.

A good tip is to use your phone to snap a picture of your power and water meter readings when you pull into a slip. The meters in Cuba are usually accurate, but the record keeping is not.

Water is not potable everywhere, so be sure to research in advance where you can fill up and ration accordingly. Water is good for example at Hemingway, Varadero, Cabo San Antonio and Cienfuegos, however not potable in Cayo Largo.

Cooking gas in Cuba is Butane. The fittings are American style, so if your stove can burn propane it will also burn butane in most cases.

Butane can be obtained, but for foreigners it is a black market item because the cooking gas depots will only sell gas to residents on a bottle exchange basis. Depending on your port there are usually some local entrepreneurs who will fill a 10lb bottle for around $10cuc. In Havana the same bottle can cost as much as $20cuc. If you have a decanting hose you may be able to negotiate with a restaurant owner to sell you some of his supply.

Marine Supplies
Marine supplies and parts are still non-existent, so cruisers must arrive in Cuba with all marine essentials.

There are some useful tips on what provisions you can't get in Cuba here.

Opening Hours

Most things are closed on Sundays and many businesses are also closed on Mondays as well.



Cuba's dual-economy can take some getting used to. Two currencies circulate in Cuba: convertible pesos (CUC$) and Cuban pesos (CUP - also referred to as moneda nacional, abbreviated MN). The currency situation is made more confusing since Cubans will refer to both CUCs and CUP as Pesos.

There are approximately 25 CUP to 1 CUC.

For the average Cuban it will be obvious which they are referring to, but this may lead to confusion for tourists who consider that they are bargaining in local currency only to find that their counter-party expects payment in CUCs!

For most tourists CUP has little relevance since most, if not all of their expenditure will be in CUCs. This includes accommodation, food in most restaurants, taxis, bus tickets, nightclub entrances, tips and so on.

Things which can be paid for in CUP include fruit and vegetables at the agricultural market, street food (such as pizza and peanuts) as well as local buses. Even at the agricultural market the prices are such that a pound of tomatoes may cost CUC 1 or 25 CUP (i.e. the same). There are some restaurants and bars/cafes, which charge in CUP although the quality is generally poor.

In October 2013 the government announced that it is going to scrap the two currency system - but it is expected that this will take some time to achieve.

Exchange Rates

The exchange rate is tied to the US dollar and that is the only currency - which at the moment - incurs a 10% penalty for cash exchange (so you will only receive 87 CUC for one USA dollar allowing for the 10% penalty and a 3% currency exchange fee). A better rate can be found using credit cards (see below).

Note: On March 17, 2016, the Cuban Government announced that it will eliminate this 10% tax on the US dollar.

The best currencies to exchange in cash are Euros, Canadian Dollars, or Sterling since these are the most common and the exchange rates are generally quite reasonable.

Bear in mind that a stronger US Dollar means a stronger CUC (and hence less CUCs for your Euros/Sterling etc.). Other currencies, which are universally accepted include the Swiss Francs (CHF), Mexican Pesos (MXN) and Japanese Yen (JPY).

There is no outright commission charged on transactions in cash although the exchange rate will generally be 3% worse than you would be charged on your credit card (for which you pay a 3% processing fee) so net you receive the same CUCs for changing 100 Euros in cash or 100 Euros on your credit card. For American Dollars, you will get a better exchange rate doing so by credit card as this does not incur the 10% penalty, only the 3% processing fee.

Getting Money

The easiest place to change money is at a CADECA (change bureau) or at a Cuban *BFI Bank. The exchange rates in all CADECAS and all banks are identical so there is no need to shop around. Hotels often have CADECAS within their premises. ATMs work well but normally have some queues (it’s Cuba after all). Most of the marinas will also change money.

* There are 4 main banks in Cuba. BFI is the most reliable. You may be able to use other Cubans banks but these are less likely to be able to meet your needs since most operate mainly in Cuban Pesos.

Opening Hours

Banks are open 7 days a week.

Note: There is a 25 CUC per person departure tax that has to be paid to leave Cuba, so put some CUC aside.

Credit Cards

Cash is king in Cuba. Except in major hotels you should not count on paying for goods or services with a credit card anywhere in Cuba.

Lastly, if you leave a tip, leave it in CUC. Don't tip in CUP, it has very little value.

Last updated May 2016.

See this very useful report from a visit to Cuba in April 2016:


International Dialing Code for Cuba is +53

ETECSA is the state-run telephone company.


Foreigners can now buy a Cuban prepaid SIM card to use in any unlocked cellphone, within Cuba. For now however these do not work outside Cuba (as there are currently no roaming agreements). You can purchase these at any ETECSA store, which can be found in most villages and towns across Cuba.

Ask for "una tarjeta sim Cubacel" -  Cost: 30CUC and you must also buy a minimum of $10CUC of airtime. Take your passport, visa card and cash for payment. Some Spanish most likely required for this transaction.

Cruisers recommend only buying the minimum because there are better deals available online from services such as Ding and Habla Cuba Cuba.

Top-up cards can be purchased for 5,10 and 20 CUC from ETECSA, most hotels and a variety of local shops. You can also top-up online.

Data for the time being is not available.


The internet in Cuba is still in its infancy, but as a result of a government initiative that was started over a year ago, the number of publicly available access points is increasing by the month.

See the ETECSA website for the current list:

The fee for internet access is $ 1.00 CUC per hour (as of Aug 1, 2018).  You will need to purchase internet access cards before you can access the internet. These can be bought from hotel lobbies or ETECSA offices (where they are much cheaper) or off the street (normally for a 1CUC premium). Make sure the plastic wrapping is on the card when you purchase it.

Once you have the card you log into the Wi-Fi with the password and user number on the card.

The best reception can often be found in hotel grounds, but ask around for good local hotspots. Generally the connection is good but the hotspots get easily overloaded. As with everything else in Cuba, some waiting and persistence is required.

Worth noting is that hotels in Cuba are run on an all-inclusive basis, so if you buy a ticket for breakfast/lunch/dinner or for the day/evening, everything is free (including WiFi).

Many US based web sites such as Hotmail, Yahoo, Skype, ITunes, Appstore etc. and many banks block access from Cuba. You will need to have a VPN client such as Tunnelbear to access these and similar type sites from Cuba.

Cuba Internet - this very useful article has some great pointers about using the internet in Cuba, from the Facebook Group Cuba, Land & Sea.

Cruising Cuba Networks

Northwest Caribbean Net, 1400 UTC 6209 USB, alternates 6212 and 6516, 7 days/wk. Generally covers Providencia north to Mexico on the Carib side, including Providencia, San Andreas, Honduras, Guatemala, Belize, Mexico, Cuba, Jamaica and the Caymans. They often follow boats all the way home to Key West through Galveston on the US coast, and sometimes boats heading south will continue to check in down to Panama, but not often.

Sailing and Cruising: Cuba

Cuba, Land and Sea

Last updated:  October 2018


Any Cuban who has a car is permitted to drive it as a private taxi. Consequently, the roads are now filled with more classic cars, which is a delight.

Fares used to be very cheap. However since the influx of tourists prices have risen dramatically, mainly due to the short-term tourists not complaining about being over-charged.

Diplomatic Missions


Carnival in July


Emergencies: 26811


Imray & Adlard Coles Pilot Books can be purchased with an exclusive Noonsite discount of up to 15% by visiting our Imray store if shopping from the UK or Europe.
For North America and the rest of the world visit Bluewater Books & Charts. When ordering through Bluewater be sure to enter the coupon code NOON during checkout to save 10%.

The Cuban Hydrographic charts can be downloaded in raster format (for PCs) from

Waterway Guide: Cuba
A new guide, 2017, that covers the entire country of Cuba. Detailed navigation, anchorages, "Goin’ Ashore information", over 120 charts and bonus sections on the Florida Keys and Bahamas. 350+ page guide.

Cuba Bound
The North Coast: Ports of Entry & Anchorages
Published January 2016 by Waterway Guide
In depth information and details for boaters headed to Cuba from the United States and Bahamas. Filled with NV Atlas chartlets, selected waypoints, detailed navigation advice and photos.

Cruising Guide to Cuba
Volume 1 (revised June 2015) covers Western Cuba - Varadero to Cienfuegos.
Volume 2 covering Eastern Cuba - revised edition will be available winter 2015.
Author: Cheryl Barr
Published by: Yacht Pilot Publishing
Information compiled over 14 winter seasons cruising in Cuba. Up-to-date navigational information, chart illustrations, anchorages,
photos, overland excursions and much more.
Cheryl also has a useful website

A Thinking Mans Guide to Voyages South - the many facets of Caribbean Cruising
Author: Frank Virgintino
Published: 3rd Edition January 2013
ISBN 9781304133847
Available as a Kindle version at as well as other EPub bookstores.
The latest edition of this route planner is larger than ever. For more details see this report

Cuba: A Cruising Guide
By Nigel Calder
Published by: Imray (1999)
DISCOUNTS available through Imray and Bluewater Books (see details and links above)
Indispensable guide for anyone planning a cruise. In researching this guide Nigel Calder left no stone unturned. His meticulous attention to detail, which has made his other books international bestsellers, shows on every page. This new edition contains a large number of revisions, an updated introductory section and the inclusion of colour plates. There are almost 200 sketch plans with details of waypoints on every one.

For updates to this guide (2013) see report Two Months Cruising Cuba.

Cruising Guide to Cuba
By Simon Charles
Publisher: Cruising Guide Publications; 2 edition (November 1997)
ISBN-13: 978-0944428368

Cruising Ports:The Central American Route
By Pat Rains
Published by Point Loma Publishing (6.5 edition (March 31, 2011)
ISBN: 10-0963847023
See for further details.
This book covers Pacific Central America (Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Pacific Panama) plus Mexico’s Gulf Coast to Veracruz, then NW Yucatan, NW Cuba, Yucatan Channel, Belize, Rio Dulce, Honduras and the Bay Islands, the Western Caribbean islands & banks, Panama’s Caribbean cruising grounds. This book culminates in Panama Canal Transit.

Routes and Waypoints
By Captain Pieter D. Brown
Publisher Baico Publishing Consultants Inc., Ontario, Canada (2011)
ISBN: 978-1-926596-83-9
A Navigational & Piloting Guide of Suggested Routes with Waypoints from Eastern Canada to Grenada including: the Canadian & USA E. Coasts, Bahamas, Turks & Caicos, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, the Leeward & Windward Islands.
Read Review here

NV Charts for Cuba
4 sets of charts available covering the whole of Cuba in great detail. The NV Digital product includes in the price, a CD for use on a laptop, a full set of printed charts and a license for use on tablets, Android and Apple iOS systems (with free app), and on digital plotter SD/microSD cards.

A Cruising Guide to Cuba
Free online guide by Amaia Agirre and Frank Virgintino. 1st Edition 2013. Kindle version available.

Cruising in
Useful, up-to-date information on current cruising conditions in and around Cuba. The Barr family have sailed to Cuba every winter for the past 17 years and have gained a tremendous amount of knowledge about cruising and touring this fascinating Caribbean island.

Sailing and Cruising: Cuba Facebook page: with lots of regular updates from cruisers currently in Cuba.

Cuba, Land and Sea Facebook page:

Moderated by Addison Chan

Cuba Cruising Net
A collection of stories about cruising in Cuba.

Unseen Cuba: First aerial photographs reveal island's spectacular beauty - May 2015
A 14-page collection of 126 travel photos of Cuba by travel writer David Stanley, the original author of Lonely Planet Cuba.

Cruising Resources for Cuba

A Summary of SY Tickety Boo's online research before heading to Cuba - some useful links here (September 2015)

Update History

October 2018: Updated port Santiago de Cuba with cruiser comments.
October 2018: All Formalities updated and Internet info. updated from Cuba Land & Sea Facebook page.
February 2017: Clearance and Customs updated.
October 2016: Clearance updated ref cruisers arriving in US. Pet regulations updated. All info from Cuba Cruisers Facebook page.
September 2016: Visa renewal information updated.
April 2016: Communications phone/internet information updated from Cuba, Land and Sea Facebook Page.
October 2015: Fees confirmed by Cuba Cruisers Facebook page.
July 2015: Clearing into USA directly from Cuba - updated with information from Cuba Cruisers Facebook Group.
May 2015: Fees confirmed by SY Lily.
May 2015: Publications checked.
March 2015: Immigration - Visa information confirmed by Wally Moran.
March 2015: Restrictions updated with information for US boats and how to gain permission to visit Cuba - sourced via the Yahoo Group Cruisers Network Online.
September 2014 Formalities checked and updated from Cheryl Barr's Guide.
December 2013: New rules for length stay and new fees confirmed by Comodoro Escrich of Hemingway Yacht Club.

Noonsite welcomes information and updates especially regarding clearance, customs and immigration procedures from cruisers visiting this country.
Please E-mail noonsite with any new information, updates or corrections. Even just a short email confirming that the current data is accurate would be most helpful.

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Jun 05, 2017 07:42 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.

sailingforfun says:
Mar 27, 2017 03:26 PM

February 2017. Cienfuego is a small marina and very active with two charter companies operating there, one being Dream Yacht Charters. Customs and Immigration were very friendly. They recently added some new floating docks, but they are already being used by Dream Yacht Charters. If you want a dock space it's best to avoid the weekends. Saturday the charters return and Sundays they go back out. The docks are usually empty during the weekdays. We asked for space from the charter company, not the marina, and they accommodated us.

Siguania Marina, Isla de Juventud. The entrance to the marina is very shallow, however we draft 4'3" and were able to enter without touching the bottom. You must stay to the right side of the channel to avoid running aground. They have some very small bamboo'ish sticks splitting the channel. You want to keep them to port. There are only 2 power stands of which one has a resident boat always hooked up to it. We hooked to the other one and had power and water while there. They run dive trips from here. The Hotel Colony is within walking distance. Strange place that is lost in time. The place is fully staffed but virtually no guests there. It's worth the walk.

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Mar 13, 2017 03:44 PM

Posted on Cuba, Land & Sea Facebook page:
After a 3 month cruise starting in Varadero, counter clockwise to Cayo Largo on the south shore then returning to Hemingway, I thought about sending out a few tips. Water is good at Hemingway and Varadero, and ok at Cabo San Antonio, after that it's a long way to Cienfuegos for drinking water. Cayo Largo does not have potable water, but you can buy bottles to use...
Diesel at all Marinas was good.
On the north coast a stop at Cayo Levisa is recommended, safe anchorages with a beautiful beach in the north.. the small resort has an internet cafe, bar and restaurant. Guardia were friendly.
The south coast has many more beaches to explore, Cayo Juan Garcia, Punta Frances, Cayo Campos (Monkey Island!) and Cayo Largo to name a few..
Going ashore on the south coast at remote stops is no problem, on the north coast at La Esperanza we could not land and go ashore as the guide books suggest..

DRoss says:
Feb 08, 2017 03:58 PM

We were on the Southern Coast of Cuba throughout Jan 2017. We found the following that might be of interest. La Coloma and Maria LaGorda no longer allow transient vessels. Both of these are stated as places you can visit in Cheryl Barr's pilot book from 2013.But I was told La Coloma has been closed to transients for a long while.We visited Maria LaGorda in 2014 and this time actually had a despacho from Marina Cayo Largo for there but were told by the dockmaster that it is now closed. You can neither anchor nor take a mooring anywhere in Bahia de Corrientes. We proceeded to the Marina at Los Morros on Cabo San Antonio. The dockmaster there told us that new mooring balls were going to be installed at Maria LaGorda and transients would again be allowed. He said that Cuba now was only allowing vessels to stay at "International Marinas". On the South Coast that would be Los Morros, Sigunea on Isla Juventude(which is too shallow to enter), Cayo Largo, Cienfuegos,Casilda-Trinidad area and Santiago de Cuba. In general the various cayos are exempt from that ruling.

Canucksailor says:
Oct 25, 2016 06:41 PM

Contrary to the text here, US companies are now allowed to write vessel insurance for Cuba. Pantaenius is one, and IMIS Insurance services is another source.

Canucksailor says:
Oct 11, 2016 04:29 PM

Some corrections are required. Pets require ONLY a rabies vaccination and a vet health certificate. There is no quarantine requirement.
An exit zarpe is NOT required. Given that the majority of vessels coming to Cuba come from the US and Bahamas, neither of which issue exit zarpes, you can see why.
Key West is no longer to be feared as a port of entry when coming from Cuba - they are now quite friendly. Return to the US via a third country is not necessary.

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Jun 21, 2016 12:11 PM

Useful Information for US Cruisers wanting to visit Cuba - by Addison Chan of Cuba, Land & Sea Facebook Group:

There are three US Departments that need to be satisfied before you can go to Cuba in a private vessel. If you are going by air the rules are different and much easier to follow.

Firstly you need to have a license from the Department of the Treasury, Office of Foreign Asset Control. To obtain the license you need to qualify under one of 12 categories of licenses. Since September 21, 2015 you no longer have to apply and be granted a license prior to travel. You are now permitted to self-declare under which of the 12 categories you qualify, with the caveat that you must retain justifying documents, receipts, itineraries etc. for up to 5 years for examination if challenged.

Secondly if you are planning on taking your vessel into Cuban waters for a period greater than 14 days then you must apply for an export permit from the Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security. If you are planning on spending 14 days or less then the export permit requirement is waived by BIS, provided you qualify under one of the 12 OFAC license categories.

Finally you need to obtain permission to enter Cuban waters from the Department of Homeland Security. The permission is administered by the United States Coast Guard and is commonly known as the form CG3300.

Despite the involvement of 3 government departments, if your intention is to remain in Cuba for 14 days or less, the only document that you must have physically in your possession prior to traveling to Cuba is the CG 3300.

Note: Apply well in advance of your intended departure date - it can take 3-4 weeks to get this document processed and returned to you.

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
May 16, 2016 10:52 AM

Cuba Dockage Costs - from Sailing & Cruising Cuba Facebook Page:
As expected, dockage all along the north coast is going up, even at Marina Darsena in Varadero. For boats from 30 - 44 feet it's .70 CUC per foot per day, 44 - 70 is $1CUC per foot per day, from 74 to 89 feet it's $1.80 CUC per foot per day and for greater than 89 feet it's $2.50 CUC daily.
The balance of the pricing is on par with Gaviota Marina.

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Jan 21, 2016 09:32 AM

Useful information re. Insurance for Cuba - from Sailing and Cruising Cuba Facebook Page:
We are travelling to Havana in February aboard our Tayana 42. I have finally found some references who are willing to underwrite for a smaller boat
Kevin Severance Insurance
Rachel Sloan
International Marine Insurance Services (IMIS)
Ingrid Anglin
Smith Merritt Insurance, Inc.

Canucksailor says:
Oct 30, 2015 02:28 AM

Once again things have changed for Americans going to Cuba. This is as of September 21, 2015 - if all on the boat are entering Cuba under one of the 12 'exceptions' - general license provisions - then the boat may ALSO enter Cuba, with the only document required being a USCG form 3300, which takes about three weeks to procure. Time of stay for the vessel is a maximum of two weeks. For those wanting specific details, contact me via my facebook page, Sailing and Cruising: Cuba -

Christine Myers
Christine Myers says:
Sep 29, 2015 11:13 PM

Hi all. Things keep changing in Cuba, so I'm replying to lots of outdated info and old posts.

As of May, when I was last there, Cuba had 8 ports of entry and two ports of exit-only. Entry/exit = Hemingway, Chapelin (Varadero), Darsena (Varadero), Vita, Santiago, Cienfuegos, Cayo Largo and Los Morros (Cabo San Antonio). Exit only ports = Baracoa and Coco-Guillermo.

Nueva Gerona is prohibited to private craft, but you can take a bus from El Colony (Siguanea) in the southwest corner of La Isla.

Sue and Cruisers Network are correct that a license from Treasury is not sufficient to take a private US-flagged vessel to Cuba. It also requires the BOAT to obtain permission from Commerce (through the link above). It does NOT replace the OFAC license, which is what the AMERICANS on board still need.

As far as marine parts go, facilities are limited. There is an abundant supply of well-trained marine diesel mechanics and electricians. And don't underestimate the ability of Cubans to fabricate necessary parts. Parts can be shipped duty free to Grand Cayman, as well.

If you approach Guantanamo, you will receive an escort out of the prohibited area by the US Coast Guard.

I disagree with the above note about yachting being in its infancy. Cubans are not allowed to own boats over about 10 feet long. Cienfuegos is a charter center with three companies doing a very good business, but not with Cubans. There's hope, though. Cienfuegos also has a sailing school and Cuban kids are out in optimists every afternoon.

I have never heard that sailing against the wind (counterclockwise, above) was a good way to cruise Cuba. While there are countercurrents and the Gulf Stream to take into consideration, life is usually better downwind (clockwise).

As far as Cuban law goes, you CAN fly out of the country and leave your boat, AFTER you pay your marina bill in advance, up to the date you intend to return. Otherwise, it can be declared "abandoned" and confiscated. I would not rely on someone's word. In my experience of Cuba, there is always paperwork if it's legit.

I believe that you can land a dinghy on any of the cayos that is not in a prohibited zone. Certainly that is true in the south, where here are hundreds of empty cayos and inviting beaches. Otherwise, it's still true that you cannot land a dinghy apart from a marina, where Customs and the COast Guard can keep an eye on them.

Finally, good news. Non US-flagged vessels can request US visas and permission for the boat at the US Embassy in Havana.

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Mar 30, 2015 11:34 AM

No, it's not true. This was just confirmed by Wally Moran (Canucksailor - see above) who is in contact with cruisers in Cuba at this time and abreast of the changing situation in Cuba. Immigration will give you a tourist card on arrival. See the Formalities section on Noonsite/Cuba for full details. If you don't have a US visa already, you can get one at the American Interests Section in Havana before leaving there.

Newdawn says:
Mar 26, 2015 12:36 PM

I've heard that a visa card is now required to enter Cuba. We are South African and British. Is this true and if so must one be obtained before arrival? We will be sailing from St. Martin on our way to the States. Many thanks!

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Mar 25, 2015 03:56 PM

As reported on the Yahoo Group - Cruisers Network Online - 22 March, 2015
Taking a US flagged vessel to Cuba

For captains interested in taking their boats to Cuba with an OK from the U.S. Government, the place to start is here:

That URL will lead you to the Department of Commerce’s SNAP-R (Simplified Network Application Program-Redesign), a simplified process for getting the paperwork you need for permission to go to Cuba. There are a lot of wickets to navigate, but applications are typically approved or turned down 3-4 weeks after a SNAP-R form is submitted to Commerce. This apparently replaces the old requirements for getting a license to visit Cuba, something that took months.

Keep in mind that (unless I am mistaken) U.S. insurance companies are prohibited from writing insurance to cover U.S. flagged yachts in Cuba, so if you’re hoping to take your boat to Cuba and want it to be insured you’d best make the necessary arrangements.

Canucksailor says:
Mar 19, 2015 05:34 PM

fyi, as always, if you have questions, you can contact me directly at

Canucksailor says:
Mar 19, 2015 05:33 PM

It is perfectly permissible to leave your boat and fly out. Dozens of people do just that. No need to see Escritch, the dockmaster can deal with it. fyi, I've started a Facebook page about Cuba to provide accurate and up to date information on the country. It's Sailing and Cruising: Cuba. Just log into Facebook and search that title.

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Dec 18, 2014 02:38 PM

I suggest you contact the Commodore of Marina Hemingway - Jose Miguel Diaz Escrich - yachtclub[at]cnih[dot]mh[dot]tur[dot]cu. He speaks English and can advise on security etc. There's no restriction on how long you can leave a boat in Cuba, so if the flights are reasonable it is probably a good option.

wapiti says:
Dec 14, 2014 02:09 PM

We have to leave our boat for about a month and fly to Australia. The best route is via London. It seems the cheapest option is to leave the boat in Hemingway Marina and fly to London. Can anyone comment if it is OK to leave boats in Cuba and travel overseas? Is there a better option in the Caribbean?

Canucksailor says:
Apr 01, 2014 06:10 PM

The above information regarding pets is incorrect. Provided you enter with the dog's rabies' form, and a certificate of good health within the past five days (ask the vet to not date it), you will have no problems bringing your pet to Cuba. There is NO quarantine, and no requirement for a permit in advance from the Filosanitario. You can tie to a dock. Where do people get this misinformation from anyhow? If you have further questions about Cuba, please contact me directly at

Daniel Baydreamer
Daniel Baydreamer says:
Mar 16, 2014 12:40 PM

We are in Miami and are planning to sail to Havana! We do have a dog onboard ! Does anyone have any experience with bringing a dog into Cuba? Anything else that is worth knowing about if you are planning to cruise around in Cuba?

Best regards


Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Jan 07, 2014 02:55 PM

Baracoa is no longer a port of entry, but can still be visited once clearance has been done elsewhere.

yogi says:
Dec 19, 2013 05:21 PM

We are planning to sail from Port Antonio, Jamaica to Santiago to clear in. Do you know, Sue, is it possible to clear out from Baracoa by the way to Bermuda? Thanks

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Nov 25, 2013 11:03 AM

There is a small marina and a coast guard station, but it is not an official port of entry.
Frank Virgintino

korand says:
Nov 20, 2013 10:08 PM

Port of Entry - Does anyone know if you can clear into Cuba at Nueva Gerona, on the isle of Youth. I will be sailing their directly from Cayman islands.

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