Sailing & Adventure Holidays in Cuba
Cuba is an island paradise for the curious adventurer. Cascading waterfalls, mountain hideouts, biosphere reserves, a zoological menagerie of the world’s smallest bird, bat and frog, caves containing pre-Columbian remains, perfumed orchids, and forests of cocoa, coffee and coconut envelop this fertile land. Offshore, its warm blue waters are teeming with tropical fish and coral reefs. Within this lush and bucolic idyll, intrepid explorers can sate their wanderlust.
The Isla de la Juventud is a real Treasure Island dangling off Cuba’s southern coast and it boasts important pre-Columbian cave paintings buried at its southern extreme. After diving the rich waters of the Isla’s west coast, the best in the country during your luxury Cuba holiday, launch by private yacht to the golden swathes of the iridescent sands of Cayo Largo, castaway islands, also off Cuba’s southern coast. Or, sail the flamingo-populated north coast from Cayo Guillermo’s Playa Pilar to uninhabited Cayo Romano and Cayo Sabinal and re-enact the Ernest Hemingway dream. These waters were a piscatorial paradise for the writer who would fish for marlin and sailfish in the sky-blue waters.
Continue the bravado action by submerging at a wreck further east along the coast at Playa Santa Lucía where a close encounter with curious bull sharks is guaranteed. For sea lovers looking for slow enjoyment of Cuba’s stunning waters and scenery, board a private yacht at the handsome French-founded port city of Cienfuegos before setting off for diminutive Trinidad, a Spanish-colonial jewel whose grand buildings are testament to the riches of the sugar trade. Head east along the coastline to the Gardens of the Queen, thousands of scattered coral islands, hiding some of the country’s best fishing and scuba diving. Later, head further east along the wave-lashed wild southern coastline to the soulful heart of the country’s second city, Santiago de Cuba, before rounding its most eastern point to arrive at beautiful Baracoa.