Sailing and Cruising in Cuba

Sailing and Cruising in Cuba


You surely know that Cuba is situated at the mouth of the Gulf of Mexico. It is important to mention that the country is in the path of the well-known stream named the Gulf Stream. It is good news for sailing and cruising. The maximum strength is 3 knots. Another useful information is that there are about 200 bays along the Cuban coastline which can accommodate sailing boats or cruisers. As I already mentioned it, some parts of the coastline are may be steep and rocky.

Cruising in Cuba

Ports of entry

There are dozens of ports of entry for sailing bats and cruise ships all around Cuba.  Cruise ships can be docked in the bays of Havana, Santiago de Cuba and Cienfuegos. The ports of entry are important not only for docking the ships and boats, but provide the sailors to clear their boats, fill it up with provisions, water, to repair them if necessary and to get fuel. However, snorkeling is good idea when coming Cuba. There are ports of entry at the following destinations: Havana, Santiago de Cuba, Varadero, Cienfuegos, Holguin, Pinar del Rio.

Sailing to Cuba


Before reaching jurisdictional waters, the first thing to do is to contact port authorities. The jurisdictional water line is 19,3 km from the base line. They will ask you for some information, including the name of your boat, the port of registry, the estimated time of your arrival, the flag, the type and color of craft, the number of persons on your boat and other information. You have to follow their instructions and stay on board until all the formalities are made.