How to get in Cuba by sea.

The main one access road to Cuba is the aerial route. Cuba is connected directly and by means of regular flights with around 50 cities in the world: the main cities of Europe, America and Asia have regular flights through 28 air lines. 12 international airports located in the main cities and tourist destinies of the country exist, besides 9 national airports that connect all the national territory.
Cuban Archipelago has a surface of 110 922 Km2, it is located at the entrance of Mexican Gulf between meridians 85o y 74o, and parallels 190o y 23o, it is made up by the Island of Cuba, Island of Youth, and 4,195 cays and keys. It has a narrow and long shape from east to west, that’s why its main facilities are in the north and the south.

Once you arrive to Cuba water limits (12 miles) the skipper must get in contact with Cuban authorities through:

  • HF (SSB) 2760 National Coast Networks
  • HF (SSB) 2790 Tourist Networks
  • VHF Channel 16 y 72 Port Authorities
  • VHF Channel 19 Tourist Authorities

When you get in contact with Cuban authorities the following information will be required:

  • Name of the boat
  • Flag
  • Port of registration
  • Last port of call
  • Port of arrival a
  • ETA
  • Type of craft
  • Colour of the boat
  • Number of persons on board

After the information has been given, you will follow the instruction given by the authorities. Once you are moored you will wait for the authorities who will make official your arrival to the Republic of Cuba, during your interview with the authorities the will give the rest of the information you need to know, and they will be willing to answer any question.

Entry Ports:

  • Marina Hemingway
  • Marina Dársena Varadero
  • Marina Cayo Guillermo
  • Marina Santiago de Cuba
  • Marina Cienfuegos
  • Marina Cayo Largo

No Entry Ports:

  • Marina Trinidad
  • Marina Tarará

Cuba follows the international practice established by custom authorities, so can not be imported to the country the following items:

  • Narcotics, except those prescribed by therapy fully justified.
  • Porno material, like photos, videos, magazines,etc
  • Fire guns, except those for hunting which belong to the visitors who come to Cuba to practice hunting, and show the corresponding gun license.

The boat’s guns are not allowed on board while within the limit of the marina, in this case, they will remain under the custody of coast guard authorities, this act will be registered in the corresponding form. Once the boat live the marina they will be returned back and again another form will be filled with all the details.

In Cuba are medical and sanitary regulations like in the rest of the world, among others can be mentioned:

Boats carrying livestock, plants and uncanny meat on board, shall declare them all and show them to the competent authorities to be examined.
Boats carrying livestock on board shall have a certificate signed by a veterinary declaring that the animal was properly vaccinated against hydrophobia.
No livestock without special permission is allowed to disembark.
No person is allowed to unload either dump of rubbish or livestock or vegetable waste into the water of Cuba or into marina installations.