Located between Caribbean Sea and Atlantic Ocean at 21 degrees, 30 minutes, north latitude and 80 degrees, 00 minutes, west longitude, Cuba is the largest country in the Caribbean. The western most island of the Greater Antilles, Cuba is located just 90 miles from Key West, Florida. When Christopher Columbus discovered the island in 1492, he said: “This is the most beautiful land one has ever seen.”
Cuba’s location and beauty led to several centuries of development as a Spanish Colony, which lasted until the Spanish-American War of 1898. The archipelago is composed of a principal island, and multiple “Cayos” and rocky islets. Cuba’s stunning variety of landscapes, mixing mountains, agricultural valleys and endless sandy beaches, make it a fascinating destination for sailors and other visitors.
Cuban cities such as Trinidad, and particularly its capital, Havana, are renowned for their colonial architectural richness. UNESCO declared them both a “Patrimony of the Humanity” in 1982, to preserve their architecture and historical inheritance.
With its favorably warm climate year round, steady winds, unique natural beauty and open-minded, friendly people, Cuba goes beyond any sailor’s dreams. The island also has a reliable nautical infrastructure, which is receiving well-aimed support from the government. About 20 marinas and nautical centers all around Cuba gladly welcome yachts under all flags and offer all conceivable services. To the sailor, the whole coast and off-lying islands are fully accessible with one exception. That area is Playa Giron, or Bay of Pigs, scene of the ill-fated 1961 invasion to overthrow Fidel Castro.
Cienfuegos is one of Cuba’s largest and most prosperous cities, which is where the Dream Yacht Charter base is located. Filled with entertainment venues and eateries, the city is a hub of activity for shopping and soaking up Cuban culture. From the base at Cienfuegos, there are two main island groups to explore along the southern shore of Cuba.