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Cruising and Sailing to Cuba

As relations between the U.S. and Cuba have thawed in recent years there is an increased interest in cruising into and around Cuban waters. Though while restrictions have eased, as of January 2016 Americans are still not allowed to visit Cuba for the purposes of tourism. Please review the Cuban Travel Tips, Restrictions, Downloads and FAQs below to learn more about sailing and cruising opportunities to the only nation in the western hemisphere to point nuclear missiles at the United States.

For those wishing to sail to Cuba, Landfall has out together a collection of charts, chart kits and other cruising essentials to make your voyage safe and enjoyable.

Be Advised: Landfall provides this information by aggregating our findings on U.S. government websites as well as travel sites related to sailing and cruising to Cuba.

Click here for Landfall's Disclaimer Regarding Cuba Cruising

  • BA Charts for Cuba
  • Travel Restrictions
  • Downloads and CUBA Travel FAQs
  • Cruising Tips
It is worth noting that travel to the island nation by U.S citizens is still highly controlled and regulated. Contrary to insinuations by many news headlines, Americans are still not allowed to visit Cuba for the purposes of tourism.

U.S. citizens can legally travel to Cuba if they are engaging in 12 categories of activities such as professional research, participating in an athletic event, performing in a concert, working on a humanitarian project or taking part in educational activities.

Previously many of these activities required applying for a specific license and maneuvering a labyrinth of government bureaucracy. Now many U.S. citizens can essentially "self license" if they believe their travel to Cuba meets the legal requirements.

To be sure about how your cruise to Cuba may be affected you should review the current restrictions on the U.S State Department and U.S. Treasury Department Website's.
US Embassy | Havana, Cuba: Contact Information
Calzada between L & M Streets,
Vedado, Havana

Main switchboard Work hours: Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Fridays from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (We are closed on U.S. and Cuban Holidays)

Emergencies/After Hours:
Please call the main switchboard at (+53)(7)-831-4100 and dial 1 to speak with the emergency operator

Non-Immigrant Visa Unit
1-786 408-5995 (Miami)

State Department's "Cuba Page"
State Department's "U.S. Relations With Cuba webpage"

US Treasury Department Downloads:

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US Treasury Department's Cuba Travel Guidelines

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US Treasury Department's Frequently Asked Questions Related to Cuba

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US Treasury Cuban Assets Control Regulations
Cruising Tips
  • As of January 2016, There are only Eight Ports of Entry into Cuba and the lines can be long.
  • Ashore, there will not be adequate hotel space for the new influx of tourists until sometime in 2017.
    --Do not expect to land there and find a hotel.
  • People must remember to have their Cuba Courtesy Flag.
  • Travel to Cuba by boat requires a U.S. Department of Commerce export permit for a “temporary sojourn."

  • Cuban Ports of Entry
    --Marina Hemingway
    --Marina Puerto Sol Darsena de Varadero
    --Marina Gaviota Varadero
    Ciego de Avila (the “Cuban keys”):
    --Marina Gaviota Varadero --Base Nautica Gaviota de Naranjo
    --Base Nautica Marlin Boca de Samao
    Santiago de Cuba :
    --Marina Marlin Punta Gorda
    Cienfuegos :
    --Marina Puertosol Jagua
    Los Canarreos:
    --Marina Puertosol, Cayo Largo
    Pinar del Rio:
    --Maria La Gorda Centro Internacional de Buceo Puertosol

    Entry procedures:
    Be sure to contact port authorities before you reach jurisdictional waters (12 miles from the base line).

    Use these communication channels:
  • HF (SSB) channel 2760 (national coastal network) and 2790 (tourism network); or
  • VHF channel 68 (national coastal network) and 16 (tourism network).

  • Port authorities will ask you for the following information:
  • Name of yacht
  • Flag
  • Port of registry
  • Last port of call
  • Port of arrival
  • Estimated time of arrival (ETA)
  • Type of craft
  • Color of craft
  • Number of persons on board

  • You must follow the instructions given by the port authorities and remain on board until all legal formalities are concluded. Each crew member must have a valid passport and tourist card.
    • British Admiralty Chart R9

      British Admiralty Chart R9

      North America (East Coast) & Caribbean
      Code: BA_CHART_R9
    • Waterway Guide Cuba

      Waterway Guide Cuba

      Code: BI104