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Private Yacht

If you have your own private yacht or cruiser, Cuba has eight international entry ports equipped with customs facilities:

  • Marina Hemingway (Havana)
  • Marina Dásena (Varadero)
  • Marina Cienfuegos
  • Marina Cayo Guillermo
  • Marina Santiago de Cuba
  • Puerto de Vita (near Guardalavaca in Holguín province)
  • Cayo Largo del Sur
  • Cabo San Antonio (far western tip of Pinar del Río province)

Boat owners should communicate with the Cuban coast guard on VHF 16 and 68 or the tourist network 19A. There are no scheduled ferry services to Cuba.


With US–Cuban relations evolving, many more cruise ships are calling at Cuban ports. Oceania Cruises (www.oceaniacruises.com), Norweigan Cruise Line (www.ncl.com), Pearl Seas Cruises (www.pearlseascruises.com) and Royal Caribbean (www.royalcaribbean.com) are all adding Cuba itineraries.

Canadian company Celestyal (www.yourcubacruise.com) circumnavigates the island calling in at Havana, Holguín, Santiago, Montego Bay (Jamaica), Cienfuegos and La Isla de la Juventud.

Another option is with British-based Thomson (www.thomson.co.uk), whose seven-night Cuban Fusion trip runs out of Montego Bay, Jamaica.