Climate: Cuba lies at the rim of the tropics and therefore has only two "seasons": the (comparatively) drier and cooler between November and April and the (comparatively) warmer and more humid between May and October, which has dry and particularly hot stretches in July and August. For our standards, it is always warm with an average January minimum of not less than 18°C and far more than 30°C in August; the sea temperature is never below 24°C – all these being the statistical values of Havana at the "cool" north coast.

Wind: The reliable trade winds are blowing constantly from easterly directions with a tendency to the north in winter and to the south in summer. Wind speed averages at 10 to 15 knots in winter and 5 to 10 knots in summer, when calm times are also possible. 

Especially where the mountains reach close to the coastline, catabatic effects can be observed to influence the prevailing easterlies. This weather system is subject to two maindisturbances: the nortes or northers in winter, violent intrusions of cold air, which affect the north coast with nominal drops of temperature that cause all Havana to catch a cold and make many harbour entrances virtually impassable.

Hurricanes can only arise at water temperatures of more than  27°C in the Atlantic and are therefore limited to the late summer months with a peak in September and October. Modern meteorology is able to predict these tropical storms very reliably. 

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Tides: Along the whole Cuban coast there are only minor tides which reach a maximum of  0,6 m at he northwest coast. At the south coast we have an irregular semidiurnal tide of less than half a meter, which, however, should be taken into account in island passages and shallow areas. Currents are, except in very narrow passages, very moderate.

Coastal Formation: Even in the age of GPS and chart plotters, the sharp eye of the skipper remains the most important navigational instrument.  "Eyeball Navigation" is mandatory, most of all the correct recognition and interpretation of the colour shades of the water. An elevated position and polarizing sunglasses are very useful at this "living" coast:  coral and mangroves don't stick to navigational mapping and have certainly developed on since the last survey! Outside protected lagoons there can also be a significant movement of the sea in shallow waters. The bottom of the sea rises more or less vertically from a depth of more than a thousand meters to close beyond the surface. The most significant gradient on the whole earth is near the southeast coast of Cuba: from  Pico Turquino (1972 m) in the Sierra Maestra down to a depth of more than 7000 m below sea level.

Diving & Snorkelling
The coral reefs and cayes off the Cuban coast are among the most breathtaking snorkelling and diving destinations of the world. Snorkelling equipment is included in the yacht charter rates to discover this colourful underwater world by oneself or – even better – accompanied by one of our local skippers or diving guides, who are experts not only in underwater activities, but also in finding the ideal spots.

If the required knowledge and training are granted, the yachts can also be used as a'diving base', and the necessary equipment can be rented at very reasonable rates at our base

Languages Spanish, sometimes English, more rarely French.

Essential equipment Anti-mosquito products and basic medicines (aspirin, disinfectant, etc.) often difficult to find in the islands. Light clothes and shoes for walking (often). 

Taste the good food This is the land of the rock lobster that lives in colonies near the coral reef. Dishes of chicken and pork accompanied by brown rice, fried bananas and sweet potatoes. 

What to see and buy Marvellously fragrant cigars, directly from the factory and very reasonably priced, but which can only be taken back in limited quantities! A record of salsa band music… 

How to pay In Pesos, but tourism uses the US dollar. Payment is mainly in cash. Withdraw with your credit card from the bank.


Cuba is a fascinating island, thanks to its natural beauties and its rich historic and cultural background. Its peculiar atmosphere comes from the combination of its colonial past and its Amerindian and African roots. Off the island, multiple cayos and islets are spread across the coral reefs, white sandy beaches and deserted creeks. New!CRUISES BY THE CABIN in CUBA

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Cuba goes beyond all sailors' dreams - a favourable, warm climate year-round, steady winds, unique natural beauty and open-minded hospitable people contribute to this as well as the reliable nautical infrastructure, which is receiving well-aimed promotion and extension by the Cuban government. To the sailor, the whole coast and off-lying islands are fully accessible with the only exception of one prohibited area in the vicinity of the infamous "Bay of Pigs", or Playa Girón. About twenty marinas and nautical centres all around Cuba gladly welcome yachts under all flags and offer all conceivable services. <

8 Days/7 Nights Cruise Itinerary
The Cuba Dream cruise starting from Cienfuegos every Saturday and it is ideally made to discover the Cayos and the Canarreos Archipelago. Enjoy the softness of the trade winds that will lead you to the famous Cayo Largo. Explore its gorgeous beaches, its isolated creeks, and its coral reef. The unspoiled fauna promises you excellent snorkelling sessions. And for those who want to get back to civilization, one can go dancing passionately to the Cuban rhythms! You will also get a chance to meet – safely of course – crocodiles, monkeys and tortoises!
The Catamaran Catlante 600 operates from Cienfuegos and has 6  cabins (4 double and 2 triple, each with private facilities). 2-person Crew consists of captain and steward/cook.


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