Brief Cuba Boat Rental Guide
Cuba is the largest island in the Caribbean. It has a culture, traditions and an urban and natural landscape different from the rest of the countries and islands in the area, so travelling to this islands is a unique and wonderful experience. Boat rentals in Cuba will allow you to sail its warm waters and know the fantastic beaches that the island offers. Apart from the central island, bathed by the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean waters, this country has numerous islands around, called cayos. In its cities you will find a colorful and special beauty, with a certain decadence, but surprising and that makes fall in love all the visitors. And on its coastline you will enjoy the purest Caribbean, white sand, sun and crystal clear waters.
What to do in Cuba?
Cuba offers the best Caribbean characteristics for your vacation, with the typical idyllic beaches. Furthermore, it is a nice place to practice fishing or water sports and scuba diving. Larger cities are also a good choice to visit. In the capital, do not miss the Old Havana, the historic center with the remains of the Spanish, British, French and American times. You can also walk down the Malecon, the seven kilometers long promenade. And of course the towns will allow you to dance Cuban salsa and the liveliest Caribbean sounds.
In addition, Cuba is one of the most sustainable countries in the world and takes special care of its ecosystem. Therefore, visiting natural areas is a great option. One of the best known is the Valle de Viñales National Park. Nature here is spectacular thanks to the tropical climate of the island. There are numerous caves and original hummocks, small rounded mountains. Cuba also has the largest swamp in the Caribbean, the Zapata Swamp, where you can enjoy nature, mangroves and see numerous animals, including large crocodiles.
Cuban beaches are the image of a heavenly Caribbean beach. Long white sandy areas with palm trees on one side and transparent and warm water on the other. The island has over 300 kilometers of coastline, so you can choose the beaches you like the most to swim and enjoy the sun. Since it is such a large island, you cannot navigate its coast and its keys in one or two weeks, so it is best to choose a particular area and know it with boat rentals in Cuba.
- Playa Paraíso
Playa Paraíso in Cayo Largo is considered one of the best beaches in Cuba by visitors. Paraíso means ‘Paradise’ in English and this name totally fits the scenery. Fine white sand and lovely and spotless turquoise waters.
It is one of the most famous beaches in the Caribbean and is located north of the island, in the province of Matanzas. It is about 20 kilometers long, with white sand and clear water, and it has some of the most exclusive resorts in Cuba. It has several marinas that provide boat rentals in Cuba and allow you to enjoy this area.
- Playa Pilar
Playa Pilar is north of Cayo Guilllermo. Here the waters are especially turquoise and contrast with the green vegetation and rocks in some places. It is a paradise for snorkeling because of its coral reef.
- Playa Sirena
Playa Sirena is a few meters away from Playa Paraiso in Cayo Largo. Like its neighbor, it stands out for the white sand and turquoise waters so clear that it is easy to contemplate the seabed. It is an ideal place to enjoy aboard a rental catamaran in the Caribbean.
What to eat in Cuba?
As throughout the Caribbean, Cuban cuisine is a blend of the most native with European and African influences. Many species are used, so the food is very tasty and can become quite hot at times. If you want to try the most authentic Cuban cuisine, you should go to a casa particular (private accommodation, room hire) or a paladar. Paladares are mostly small restaurants in private homes, where they serve meals.
In Cuba they specially cook with legumes, rice and meat, with some dishes from the time of the Spanish colonization. Rice and beans or Moros y Cristianosare very popular, both made with black beans and white rice. Ropa vieja also comes from Spain, and it is made with stewed crumbled veal and vegetables. Viandas are also popular, consisting of various fried vegetables. Fried yucca, plantains and potatoes are the main ones. Another traditional dish, very popular in the United States, is the Cuban sandwich.
For adult sailors, two cocktails are famous in Cuba: the Cuba Libre and the Mojito. Cuba Libre is made of rum and cola, while mojito is made with rum, lime and mint. Both can be found with handmade rum distilled in Cuba, where one of the main crop is sugarcane.
Weather and Navigation in Cuba
- Boating season
The best season to sail and rent a boat in Cuba is between December and May. It is best to avoid hurricane season, from June to November. The months with better weather and less chance of rainfall are January, February and March, coinciding with the coldest weather in Europe, the United States and many other places. However, these three months are high season and Cuba receives more visitors than the rest of the year, so you must book in advance.
Cuba temperatures are usually between 20 and 30 degrees Celsius throughout the year, although they are slightly cooler than elsewhere in the Caribbean. In the cooler months between November and April, it is easy for temperatures to go under 20 degrees at certain hours of day, and in the warmer months to be above 30°C.
The rainiest months in Cuba go from May to October, coinciding with the rainy season in the Caribbean. The less rainy days are the ones of the boating season, being January, February and March the most pleasant ones to sail, with less rainy days.
- Sea Temperature
The sea is very warm in Cuba, as in the Caribbean. In the warmer months of the year the water rises to 29 degrees Celsius, while in the boating season the sea is usually 26ºC on average. With these features, if you opt for boat rentals in Cuba you will find completely desirable beaches.
The best winds for sailing in Cuba are moderate trade winds blowing from the northeast between September and June, especially in the months of the boating season. The elongated shape of the island helps the wind to cool the environment.
How to get in Cuba
- By Plane
The plane is the main way to get in Cuba and one of the options to move to the different islands of the country. The largest gateway is the José Martí International Airport (HAV) in Havana, which has flights to most American countries and many to Western Europe, Russia, Lithuania and Angola.
In addition there are ten airports in the country that have direct connection with Canada, several in the main island and some in the nearby islands, such as Vilo Acuña (CYO) in Cayo Largo. Some of these airports have also connections to Miami and Buenos Aires, among others. The Varadero Juan Gualberto Gomez (VAR) is one of the airports receiving more flights from European countries such as Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, UK and Portugal. The other airports serve only domestic flights between the capital and several Cuban cities.
- By Boat
There are no regular ferry lines connecting Cuba with other Caribbean islands, but you can reach the island with a private vessel. Of course, it should be large because the closest islands are dozens of miles away. With the recent opening of the island maybe in some time (months or years) it will be possible to get in Cuba by boat from the United States. The distance that separates the island from Kay West in Florida is about 80 nautical miles, so it would be possible to travel with medium or large boats.