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Sailing Holidays in Cuba

Cuba is a exciting destination with some of the world’s finest beaches, a rich cultural heritage and a vibrant approach to life.

Cuba incorporates a fascinating blend of Latin American and Spanish cultures. Sail in the warm northeast trade winds, dive and snorkel on some of the most exquisite coral reefs in the Caribbean and when the sun goes down, party to the salsa rhythms.

Cienfuegos is one of Cuba’s largest and most prospering cities, with a tourist marina very close to the French-style centre filled with entertainment and eateries. From Cienfuegos on the south coast sail east to the beautiful Jardines de Reina Marine Park or west to Cayo Largo. This cruising area suits experienced skippers as the distances are not for the faint-hearted, especially at the start of the itinerary to get from Cienfuegos to the archipelagos when the passages are 50-60nm.

Spend a few days in Havana before or after your charter to fully experience the vibrant culture of this fascinating city.




7 nights

4 cabins


Cuba Yacht Charter

Sailing holidays in Cuba

  •  Direct flights with Virgin Atlantic to Havana
  •  Jardines de la Reina-stunning marine life, pelicans, iguana & flamingos
  •  Soak up the culture in Old Havana, a UNESCO World Heritage site
  •  Take a tour of a cuban cigar factory
  •  Average distances of 40nm/day, some days up to 60-70nm
  •  Level 3 sailing
  •  Average temperatures of around 26-30 degrees
  •  Average winds force 4-6
  •  Flexible start and finish dates possible

Suggested Sailing Itineraries

Map courtesy of Wanderlog, a trip planner on iOS and Android

 DAY 1 : Cayo Largo (75nm)

Embark at Cienfuegos marina. Depart yacht berth for night cruise through the Caribbean tropical waters to Cayo Largo.

 DAY 2 : Cayo Largo

Arrive Cayo Largo Marina before lunch. On the way, stop for snorkelling at the two big coral reefs off Cayo Ingles or Cayo Hijo de los Ballenatos. Anchor off and explore in your dinghy the fine white beaches, snorkelling and diving spots on and near Cayo Largo. Night in the marina or anchor near Playa Sirena beach.

 DAY 3 : Canal del Rosario (35nm)

Early morning visit to Cayo Iguana (2nm from Cayo Largo). Cruising west with a stopover at the excellent beach of Playa Rosario with nearby coral reef for snorkelling. Anchor near Canal del Rosario, which offers protection against all prevailing winds.

 DAY 4 : Golfo de Batabano (40nm)

Visit Cayo Cantiles reserve with monkeys and other wildlife. Sail north via Canal del Rosario on shallow turquoise waters of Golfo de Batabanó, on the way visit the lobster and fishing centres of Cayo Travesia or Cayo Flamenco. Anchor near Diego Pérez Lighthouse.

 DAY 5 : Guano del Este (35nm)

Sail to 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. In the northwest of Cayo Guano there is a small beach and coral reef for snorkelling.

 DAY 6 : Guajimico (45nm)

Weighing anchor in early morning hours, sail east to Guajimico, a narrow cove with a small hotel with restaurant and swimming pool.

 DAY 7 : Cienfuegos (15nm)

Map courtesy of Wanderlog, a trip planner on iOS and Android

 DAY 1 : Cienfuegos Marina

Embark at Cienfuegos marina and take advantage of the local nightlife.

 DAY 2 : Guajimico (15nm)

Sail to Guajimico, an area known for its excellent snorkeling and diving.

 DAY 3 : Cayo Blanco (40nm)

Sail south east to Cayo Blanco, a beautiful and uninhabited island.

 DAY 4 : Cayo Zaza de Fuera (20nm)

On the way to Cayo Zaza de Fera visit Cayo Machos de Afuera, home to iguanas and a small restaurant.

 DAY 5 : Cayo Bretón (20nm)

Cayo Breton is separated by several narrow channels and marked by a lighthouse. This is the start of the Jardines de la Reina (‘Gardens of the Queen’), a nature reserve area of exceptional unspoilt beauty. Flamingos, turtles and iguanas roam here, and the snorkelling on the coral reefs in spectacular - look out for pirate treasure said to be hidden on the cays.

 Day 6 : Marina Trinidad (50nm)

Sail back to civilization at the full-service Marina Trinidad.

 DAY 7 : Cienfuegos (60nm)

Spend the day exploring Trinidad. Leave in the late evening hours to sail back to Cienfuegos through the night. Arrive back at base early morning.

Fleet 1 2023 Prices shown are in GBP(£) per yacht for 1 week

Yacht details 05 Jan - 31 Jan 01 Feb - 30 Apr 01 May - 31 Jul 01 Aug - 08 Nov 09 Nov - 19 Dec 20 Dec - 04 Jan
Model / layout Year Cabins WC
Bali 4.1 - 4 + 2 cab. 2020 4 4 from
Fountaine Pajot Saona 47 Quintet - 5 + 1 cab. 2019 5 5 from

Please note: Prices may be subject to change. Compulsory and Optional extras will be added to your quote.

Sailing conditions in Cuba

Expect some long passages of 50-60nm, especially at the start of the itinerary to get from Cienfuegos to the archipelagos. Although you are not to sail at night within the reef areas, there is no objection to sailing in deep waters in the dark so you can make a daylight landfall.

Constant trade winds benefit the more sheltered south coast generally from an east to north-easterly direction. During the winter months, winds blow between 15-25 knots. Hurricanes are limited to the summer months of August to October.

We have rated this destination a 'Level 3' (levels info)

Getting There

Flights to Cuba

Virgin Atlantic have direct flights to Havana.


We recommend all clients pre-book transfers from the airport to the base. A transfer from Havana airport to Cienfuegos marina takes approximately 3 hours.