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Live on Board Isla de la Juventud / Private travel

With hundreds of tropical islands, Cuba offers incredible cruising grounds for sailing expeditions. With its complex political history, & military secrecy – it offers the most exciting new diving destination in The Caribbean.
 
 
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Duration

15 days / 14 nights

Meal plan

  • Breakfast in Havana (CP)
  • Room only (EP)

Transfer

Private transfers are included in the price

Travel details

Program description:
 
Day 1
Havana
Arrival to Havana. Meet & Greet at the airport. Transfer to the hotel. Evening for leisure. You can walk to La Habana Vieja and visit the famous bars of Hemmingway: La Bodeguita del Medio and La Floridita. Optional dinner in a local restaurant and enjoy the nightlife of Havana.
 
Day 2
75 nm Cienfuegos - Cayo Largo del Sur
In the morning panoramic sightseeing of Havana with lunch included, then transfer to Cienfuegos where the Marina is located. Shopping for provisioning in the marina. Breefing with the skipper and embarkment in the afternoon. Depart for night cruise to Cayo Largo.
 
Day 3
Cayo Largo del Sur
Arrive Cayo Largo Marina in the morning. Use of the Marina and Diving Center. You can use all the amenities including the excellent beaches of the island. Places to visit: Cayo Inglés and Cayo Hijo reefs for snorkeling, visit of the Turtle Farm breeding station. There you can have an explanation by a local guide about the turtles’ life habitat.
In the afternoon anchoring off and dinghy excursion to fine white beaches with natural pools, snorkeling and diving spots on and near Cayo Largo.
In the evening you can enter the resorts’s Night Club for party. Night in the marina or anchoring near world-famous Playa Sirena beach with protection to north, east and south.
 
Day 4
35 nm Cayo Largo - Canal del Rosario
In the morning dinghy excursion to Cayo Iguana. Oportunity to feed and pet free-living iguanas. The tour is recommended in the early morning hours to avoid the crowd from the resorts.
After the excursion cruise west with a stopover at Playa Rosario that has excellent beach with coconut palms, pine trees and a nearby coral reef for snorkeling.
Anchoring during the night near Canal del Rosario, that offers protection against all prevailing winds.
 
Day 5
30 nm Canal del Rosario - Cayo Campos or Cayo Matías
In the morning visit the Cayo Cantiles biological reserve centre managed by CITMA (Ciencia, Teclonogia y Medio Ambiente) with monkeys and other wildlife. Cayo Cantiles, is a little monkey sanctuary, run by three workers. Otherwise, the island is uninhabited.
Sailing via Cayo Avalos (small beach and lighthouse, anchorage), Cayo Campos (Natural reserve with lush vegetation, observation of animal life, beach, snorkelling/diving) to Cayo Matías (lobster and fishing centre with dock), in good weather diving opportunity at a shipwreck near Cabezo del Sambo.
 
Day 6
50 nm Cayo Matías to Punta Francés (Isla de la Juventud)
Leaving early to sail along the scenic south coast of Isle of Youth. Visit Carapachibei - the highest lighthouse of Cuba.
This island - earlier Pine Island or ‘Isla de Pinos’ was a hiding place for pirates of the 16th to 18th centuries. Celebrities like Anne Bonney, Sir Henry Morgan and Sir Francis Drake, who possibly died here, are connected to the island, which is supposed to be the model for R.L.Stevenson’s ‘Treasure Island’.
Night anchoring near the Punta Francés Diving Centre, which also has a dock, restaurant and rustic ‘Ranch’ bar near the beach. Snorkeling at the coral reef. This area has one of the world’s most significant diving areas with 56 designated diving zones. Those who want to dive, can be coordinated a dive for the next morning.
Nearby, there is a nice beach with lush vegetation, and guided explorations are available on a hiking trail in the National Park area. Bird watching and nature hikes are available
 
Day 7
30 nm Punta Francés - Ensenada de los Barcos
Those who interested in diving, in the morning explore various spots of the Punta Francés diving area with a diving instructor abailable on site.
Continue to Ensenada de los Barcos, a large bay with excellent protection on the way to Nueva Gerona.
 
Day 8
20 nm Ensenada de los Barcos - Nueva Gerona Harbour
Sailing along the west and north coasts of Isla de la Juventud leads to the island’s capital, Nueva Gerona. A typical, unspoiled small Cuban city with restaurants and other facilities. Excellent starting point to explore the island’s sights, museums and National Parks, guided tours by Cubatur and Ecotur travel organizations.
Night docking in the commercial port of Nueva Gerona (no marina services and facilities). Shopping for provisioning is possible in the city, diesel available at a Cupet gas station.
 
Day 9
Isla de la Juventud (optional excursion)
Guided tour of the Island (Presidio Modelo, Finca El Abra, La Fé, Punta del Este with prehistoric cave paintings), late afternoon relaxing at black marble beach of Playa Bibijagua, sharing its name with an ant that attacks tobacco plantations.
 
Day 10-11
60 nm Nueva Gerona - Diego Pérez Lighthouse
Sailing north via Canal del Rosario on shallow turquoise waters of Golfo de Batabanó. Visit visit of lobster and fishing centres on the way at Cayo Travesia or Cayo Flamenco. Flamingos can be seen occasionally in the Cayo Flamenco - Diego Pérez area.
Night: Anchoring near Diego Pérez Lighthouse.
 
Day 12
35 nm Diego Pérez Lighthouse - Cayos Sal or Guano del Este
Morning: Visit to nearby Cayo Ernesto Thaelmann where the 1930s German communist leader, Ernst Thaelmann’s memorial is located. He was murdered ruding WWII in a nazi concentration camp. The island is uninhabited and has beautiful untouched beaches with pine trees and iguanas.
Later sail onto Cayos de Dios, Sal or Guano del Este. Snorkel at coral reef with wide variety of fish and shellfish. Anchor for the night near Guano del Este lighthouse (35nm). In the northwest of Cayo Guano there is a small beach and coral reef for snorkeling. 
Anchorage protected to the east.
The main focal point of Guano Del Este is its rocket-shaped lighthouse, but there’s also a pleasant sandy beach. The cay has deep waters along its western shore with the exception of a patch of very shallow coral immediately in front of the lighthouse.
 
Day 13
45 nm Cayo Guano del Este - Guajimico
Weighing anchor in early morning hours, sailing east to Guajimico across excellent fishing waters near Jagua Reef. Guajimico is a narrow cove with a small hotel village of about 50 cabins in wonderful mountainous setting. Restaurant, swimming pool, diving.
 
Day 14
15 nm Guajimico - Cienfuegos
Optional walking excursion in the morning on natural path to caves of Guajimico. Sailing back to Cienfuegos, arriving in late morning hours. Disembark yacht. Visit the historical city center of Cienfuegos: Parque Marti, Boulevard, Prado, Punta Gorda and Palacio del Valle. Optional excursion by bus or taxi to the Dolphinarium, dolphin show, and you can even swim with dolphins.
Evening: Dinner in stylish historical ‘Club Cienfuegos’ within walking distance of marina Additional nights in Hotel Jagua near the  marina .
 
Day 15
Cienfuegos - Havana
Transfer to the airport of Havana, farewell.
 
 
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Price includes

  • 24 hours assistance in Cuba

Price excludes

  • Cuban tourist card
  • Excursions not included in the description
  • Tips and other credentials
  • Costs of other services not included in the description
  • International flight ticket, tax
  • Meals and drinks not included in the description
  • Travel insurance

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Booking conditions

Booking: Minimum 21 days before arrival. Requested data: travelers’ name, passport number, flight details!
Payment: Latest 14 days before arrival. Cancelation: Over 14 days without penalty, with $35 administration cost. 14-8 days: the first two days services (hotel, transfer, program) will be charged. Within 7 days or No Show the entire package will be charged.
Reservations: E-mail: info @ marysoltravel.com  Web.: www.marysoltravel.com Tel: +53 7 214 4999 / Cuba