Famous for nightlife, salsa, cigars and colourful history, Cuba offers a vibrant culture and bustling city atmosphere, complimented by beautiful waters and stunning UNESCO reserves. The remarkable history of Cuba is reflected in its landscapes which are equally diverse. With a luxury yacht charter, you can experience thriving arts centres and unspoiled coral reefs, island hop along archipelagos and put ashore to explore mountains and rainforests. From impressive art instalments, stylish restaurants and the dance-til-dawn salsa bars of Havana to tranquil bays and wonderful snorkelling sites, a private boat vacation to Cuba will leave with a collection of incredible of memories.
Key Cruising Areas: With a private charter you can get away from the busy cruising grounds. Explore the impressive cays of Jardines del Rey, head to the tranquil bays of Bahia de Cabanas or use this stop as a starting point for a Caribbean cruise.
Don’t Miss: Surprisingly unknown, Cuba has thousands of miles of coral reef that are healthier than any others in the Caribbean. Teeming with fish, colourful corals and large colonies of endangered species, a diving or snorkelling trip is a must. Anchor in Cayo Largo del Sur for calm waters and pristine reef.
Best Spots for Wining and Dining: Havana has undergone a culinary revolution, becoming a mecca for foodies. Nazdarovie is a unique experience, serving delicious Soviet dishes with poignant décor and a beautiful balcony. For a special occasion book a table at the elegant and exclusive top floor of El Biky. Try the prawn cannelloni, best enjoyed to the tunes from the piano.
Local Culture: Cuban culture is symbolised by complex mixtures and clashing influences. The result is an ambience of somehow charming discord. Visit the old quarter of Havana to see street musicians, or world class jazz in the Vedado neighbourhood. The Jazz festival takes place in December, and during July Havana explodes into colour with the Carnaval period.
Best Beach: The north of Cuba is where the most stunning beaches are. On Varadero, white sands, striking turquoise waters, softly swaying palm trees and thatched umbrellas create the feel of an island paradise. A little more rugged with few amenities keeps this spot in the Hicacos Peninsula marvellously quiet.
IYC recommends: Visit the town of Baracoa. Until the 1960’s it was only accessible by boat, and still has a remote feel and wonderful character. The town is at the edge of imposing mountains and rainforest, set out to explore the trails of El Yunque nature reserve to discover waterfalls and tall cocoa trees.
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