MARLIN and Micha have visited Cuba several times The most beautiful lonely beaches, the best lobsters the hidden treasures on the south coast – they know it all. Forget everything you have read about Cuba so far and let yourself be carried away into another world by boat. Sailing the turquoise waters at day time, ancoring in sheltered bays at night – you can not ask for more.
The nearest airports are Varadero and Havanna, on going transport will either beb y private car to Cienfuegos or connecting flight to Cayo Largo. Whether you want to travel with an old Chevrolet, modernised by a Toyota engine or rather with an air-conditioned car, we will organize the trip for you. Our adventure usually starts in Cienfuegos, also called the Paris of Cuba. The picturesque city offers beautiful historical buildings, bars and restaurants and a colourful night life. Salsa music can be heard day and night coming from the houses, cars and beaches and it is worth to treat yourself to the Cabaret Tropicana in the evening. Here you will get an insight into the Cuban culture. But the days are numbered and the sea calls. MARLIN is ready to sail and after a pleasant first 40 mile trip, we will reach the lighthouse. In Cuba you can’t promise anything, but we might be able to climb the 236 steps. Who knows? But for sure your will dive into the cristall clear water from the bathing, as soon, as we drop anchor. If you enjoy snorkelling, this is the place for you.
After the second sailing day we reach Cayo Largo, one the touristic islands. Playa de Sirena is supposed to be the most beautiful sandy beach of the Caribbean. Accordingly, one expects thousands of tourists piling up at the beach. This is not the case in Cuba. The number of tourists is manageable. As we need a „permiso de navegation“ for the onward journey we need, we will have to stop at this little island. It will also be the last possibility for the next days have internet connection, sitting in the shade between the cubans gathering around their few smart phones on the village square, an expercience for itself.
The next morning after breakfast we head west and the expedition begins. Cayo Cantilles and Cayo Campo are two of our destinations. Little islands,where usually three to four rangers look after a resort for monkeys for sience purposes.Most charter boats usually stay close to Cayao Largo, so we might have the anchorages for ourselves. With some luck we will see the monkeys, flamingos and crocodiles living in the mangroves. The rangers are happy to have some company, receive some fresh food from us or a bottle of rum and in return, will share their fish, lobster and happiness with us. You will be free to determine activities and trips for the days, as every crew has different preferences.
Peace and quietness will come over MARLIN, when we enjoy our sun downer sitting together on deck. Slowly the sun disappears into the caribbean sea and every sunset has something very special, incomparable and romantic about it. After a few days at these lonely islands you will have adapted to the cruising mode. You wake up and take in the world around you with new perception. You suddenly don’t know the date anymore und just enjoy the morning jump into the water.
The place under the palm trees belongs to us alone. In the evening will prepare a delicious dinner together, if the rangers haven’t already grilled a giant Pago, a red snapper, for us on the open fire in the afternoon. There’s no supermarket, but the sea offers all delicacies we need for an excellent meal.
On the way back, we will have the opportunity to visit the place, you liked most and according to the trip you booked, you will leave the MARLIN in Cayo Largo or Cienfuegos.