Sailing Cuba – Isla Juventud & Los Canarreos – 2 Weeks
30th March to 12th April 2018
Continuing our exploration of Cuba’s Southern coastline, our milebuilding 2 week sailing adventure from Cienfuegos to Los Morros on the very Western tip of Cuba explores deserted offshore islands and culminates in an overnight sail from Cuba to Mexico.
Have a Cuban Sailing Holiday Adventure
Fly into Havana and meet up with your shipmates in Cienfuegos on the south coast. Our sailing holiday along Cuba’s southern coastlines takes us to remote offshore islands complete with world renowned snorkelling and diving, and flamingo flats. The Island – La Isla – de Juventud is the 6th biggest land ass in the Caribbean and has a checkered history as a pirate stronghold, a political prison, and latterly as an island of schools for the developing world. Little touched by tourism, we may be the only tourist faces there.
We will be doing a lot of sailing in this trip, with around 600 miles over the two weeks. Cuban waters are little fished and catching dinner will be high on the agenda to supplement our larder! Fish, including dolphin fish (mahi-mahi), wahoo, blue and white marlin, sailfish, tarpon, barracuda, and bonito are plentiful; we’ll troll our lines and there’s a good chance you’ll be able to land supper!
Our 14 day Cuban sailing holiday includes glorious blue water sailing, great home-cooked food, fantastic snorkelling and evenings under the stars. Sailors looking to gain more experience sailing off the beaten track will enjoy the challenge of this little travelled coast, including practicing specific techniques for sailing in and out of the reefs. Single travellers will make firm friends amongst their fellow boat buddies.
Our itinerary takes in all the island highlights with time to enjoy starlit remote anchorages, local nightlife and SALSA!
Sunshine and Warm Seas
Warm sunny weather is practically guaranteed; there are often showers in this part of the world and the occasional cold front can bring strong gusts and squalls, but they never last long, and hey, it’s warm rain! Temperatures in their high 20′s are the norm, and there’s always a cooling breeze on board. The sea is a wonderful shade of blue, and with some of the best fishing in the Caribbean….you’ll have an amazing experience!
N.B. Please make sure you read our information on sailing in Cuba 2018 before making a booking.
Read about a previous sailing holiday in Cuba here.
Dinghy “Taxi” service ashore
Half Board Meals
Filtered Drinking Water
Use of Boat Toys
Use of Snorkelling Equipment
Soft drinks, Alcohol & Mixers
Excursions & Activities Ashore
Meals Taken Ashore
Personal Travel Insurance
Sailing With You
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Come and join the crew!
|Highlights||Great Snorkelling, National Parks, Remote Anchorages, Turquoise Water, White Sand Beaches|
|Meals||Breakfasts, Lunch or dinner daily|
|Posh Frocks||Not really necessary|
|Marina Time||Beginning & End|
|Sea Miles||Approx. 600 Nautical Miles|
|Starting From||Cienfuegos, Cuba|
|Finishing In||Puerto Juarez, Mexico|
The following itinerary is subject to changes due to weather forecasts and group preferences – Red route.
Day 1 - Arrival - 30th March
Day 14 - 12th April
If you prefer not to use a travel agent, Flight Connections is a great starting point to find out about flights into HAV or CUN, international airports in Havana, Cuba and Cancun, Mexico. This link will help you identify which airlines connect from your nearest airport. Perhaps the most efficient and economic way of joining us on this trip is to source a return flight to Cancun, Mexico and then take a one way transfer at the beginning to Havana. Our starting point in Cienfuegos is about a 3 hour drive from Havana in either a bus or local car/taxi through scenic countryside.
At the end of your holiday our boat will be a short 15 minute cab ride from Cancun’s international airport.
Getting to the Boat
Flying into Havana, the marina in Cienfuegos is about a 3 hour drive; I’m unsure of the cost at the time of writing and you may wish to hole up in a hotel for a night when you arrive and have a stroll round the beautiful old city. Please ensure you provide your arrival information as soon as you can and keep us updated of any changes. Our boats will be in the only marina in Cienfuegos and it is pretty small so you will be able to find us easily; more details will be notified to guests before they arrive. Please pack light, and using a lightweight, collapsible bag with wheels if possible. Hard suitcases may not be brought on board, we simply have no room to store them!
Arriving and Departing
You should aim to arrive around midday on the first day of your trip, and we will aim to finish at midday on the last. To facilitate travel, we offer a complimentary extra night on board at either the beginning or the end of the trip. Additional nights can be provided at a cost of USD $95 per person per night on a bed and help yourself continental breakfast basis. If you’d like to stay for any additional nights please add them to your booking. We do need the days in between trips to prepare the boats for the following trips, so please keep this in mind, thank you!
There are a number of accommodation options in both Cienfuegos and Cancun. A room in a local house in Cuba – Casa Particular – is cheap, clean and a great way of getting to chat with locals. Please also check Tripadvisor and AirBnB for options.
Choosing a Boat
We will be running Ibis V and Bleu Turquoise together for this trip with up to 10 guests and 2 skippers. To find out more about our boats and which one is for you, please follow this link.
The prices below reflect the sizes of the cabins on each boat; please make your selection on the Booking Form.
|Boat Name||Cabin Type||Price (USD)|
|Ibis V||Single Bunk in Shared Twin Ensuite Cabin (2 available)||$1,795|
|Twin Ensuite Cabin with Shared Ensuite (1 available)||$2,495|
|Double Cabin with Ensuite for Sole Use (1 available)||$2,695|
|Double Cabin with Ensuite for Couple (1 available)||$4,195|
|Bleu Turquoise||Double Cabin with Ensuite for Sole Use (2 available)||$2,895|
|Double Cabin with Ensuite for Couple (2 available)||$4,595|
You should ensure you have a good travel policy that covers you for flight delays and lost/delayed baggage – this is particularly important if any part of your travel includes a LIAT or Air France flight! During this sailing holiday we will not usually be more than 12 miles from shore and coastal sailing like this is usually part of the standard travel cover for most policies; please ensure that your travel policy doesn’t specifically exclude this.
If you plan to do the final overnight trip with us from Cuba to Mexico you should ensure that you have insurance to cover you up to 60 miles offshore.
Expenses & Currency
The currency in the Cuba is the Cuban CUC, which is on a par with the US dollar. Make sure you do have a supply of USD; the ATM’s are not as frequent a you might think especially once we leave for the islands! Credit cards are accepted in the occasional (government run) bar or restaurant but not many. When you arrive, you will need to change your dollars into the local CUCs.
We provide filtered drinking water on board and we carry fruit juices for breakfast time. You will need to provision with any soft drinks, alcohol and mixers you need when you arrive and there is a small supermarket at the marina where you can do this. Guests often club together and have a kitty for these costs, but you may prefer to buy your own.
You should budget for between $15 to $35 for a main course in a restaurant when we eat out plus drinks and service charge. Eating out in Cuba can be very cheap or quite expensive and you can pay as much for a bad meal as an excellent one.
Unless otherwise stated, sailing holidays with Yacht Ibis are participatory and you should expect to get involved. We don’t carry passengers! This will include:
- Preparing the boat for sailing
- Hoisting sails, pulling ropes, winching, steering and generally sailing the boat
- Putting all the ropes away at the end of the day
- Helping to keep the communal spaces tidy and clear of personal belongings
- Taking a turn on clearing away dishes after a meal
This is all part of living aboard a sailing boat 🙂
Hopefully any other questions you may have are covered in our frequently asked questions here or in our Pre-Arrival Booklet which can be downloaded here.
Booking Terms and Conditions
These can be found at this link and you should be familiar and comfortable with them before making a booking, thank you.