There is no better way to explore Cuba than to sail along its coast. Escape the tourist hotspots and discover this magical island in its natural state on this wonderful Cuba sailing trip.
Sail in the warm Caribbean wind to a new destination each day on this Cuba sailing trip. Starting in the UNESCO World Heritage site of Cienfuegos, known as the pearl of the south, we have days to sail to and explore the islands just offshore, with coral reefs, perfect white beaches and vast forests.
The snorkelling and diving in these islands is some of the best in the world. Then maybe we’ll sail to another beautiful town, Trinidad, for a day of exploring, before setting sail to other islands such as Cayo Largo (most beautiful beach in the world anyone?) and Juevntud, where Castro tried to build a worldwide university for ‘youth’. Finally, we’ll navigate our way around the north west corner of the island and sail to the capital, Havana. No previous sailing experience is required to join this Cuba sailing trip as full training is given. Solo crew are welcome.
Why We Love This Adventure
- Wonderful snorkelling and diving
- Explore the culture, iconic music and beautiful towns of Cuba
- Fantastic boat and excellent sailing tuition
Cuba is a country full of surprises. Faded glamour, beautiful coastlines, famous cities and incredible wildlife. This sailing expedition heads west from the city of Cienfuegos to Havana.
Sailing, training and exploring every day. Expect 4-5 hours of sailing to a new place each day and then lots of time to head ashore and explore.
Day 1: welcome!
The start is all about getting everyone on board, bags packed away and meeting the other crew. 90% come alone, with an even mix of men and women and an age range usually between 30-60 so it's always very sociable and great fun.
Day 2 - training
You can join as a complete beginner because full training is given to everyone. As we head out into the warm waters of the Caribbean sea, you'll learn (or revise!) all about the parts of the boat, how to raise and trim sails and you'll be on the wheel, guiding us to the day's destination. As the expedition progresses, you'll also learn more and more about navigation and will soon be planning the day's route yourself!
Days 3 - 13: sailing & exploring the Cuban coast
The wind and weather at the time time will determine exactly where we go and when but we have 10 days now to sail to and explore the stunning Cayo Largo, the Jardines de la Reina, the island of Juventud and more. Expect towns packed full of Cuban culture and history, coral reef ringed islands, crocodiles, pink flamingoes, sharks, wonderful food - and of course top class sailing almost every day
Day 14: sail to Havana
On our penultimate day we'll sail to Havana, capital city of Cuba. Havana needs no introduction and is on the of the world's must see places. It is vibrant, exciting, crazy and a superb end to this most special of sailing expeditions
Absolutely everything except flights to and from Cuba. All the food, accommodation on board, equipment and training is included.
What's Not included
The flights to and from Cuba, your travel insurance and any alcohol you may wish to drink!
Trip Duration15 days
Start LocationCienfuegos, Cuba
End LocationHavana, Cuba
Average Group Size8
The yacht itself is an expedition yacht that was previously a round the world race boat. The accommodation on the yacht is comfortable, warm and spacious. Each bunk is 6′ 7″ long and has its own USB charger and light. Sleeping is in one 8 berth cabin. There are two toilets, a shower, hot water and lots of food!
We eat very well on board and we will take as much fresh fruit and veg as we can. Ocean sailing is an exercise in using food creatively but you can expert lovely warm meals, as much as you can eat, freshly baked bread and more. We can cater for most diets and have loads of veggies on board. If you have any severe allergies you must check with us before booking
You should join the boat in Cienfuegos, Cuba after 1200 hrs on the start date. You will probably fly into Havana and then get the bus that runs three times a day (4 hours and $20) to Cienfuegos. You will disembark the boat in Havana, Cuba at 1200 hrs on the end date.
This Trip is Suitable For
These adventure sailing holidays are open to everyone aged 18 years and over. No prior sailing experience required. Solo travellers are absolutely welcome.
Frequently Asked QuestionsDo I need previous sailing experience?
No. We do not require previous sailing experience and full sailing instruction is included during your time on boardWho joins the crew?
We get a mix of people from all around the world. Most crew have a few weeks of prior sailing under their belt but are by no means expert sailors. They join us to learn, to have fun and for some incredible sailing. There is usually a 50:50 mix of men and women and the average age is 47, but we get people joining us from 18 years through to 75 years!Can I join solo?
90% + of the crew join solo, so absolutely!
Dates & Availability
- 02 Mar 2019 – 16 Mar 2019
We love this sailing company’s ethos – to help people do three things: sail, train and explore. They are passionate about enabling people to experience life out on the open ocean, building sailing skills and exploring some beautiful countries. After years of training people to become professional sailors, and having covered thousands of miles between them, the company Founders realised that so many people had dreamt of setting off across an ocean, but hadn’t the skills, the boat or crew to make those dreams come true.
The company now runs expeditions on a specialised 60’ yacht to some of the most exciting places out there – often largely inaccessible from land. With no previous sailing experience required, the two instructors will guide you every step of the way as you develop your sailing skills, maybe even earning an RYA qualification during the week. Exploring on land as they go is just as important and the bikes and a kayak mean you can head off and enjoy everything there is to see along the route.
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