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I spent a couple of weeks Hobie Cat sailing in Cayo Santa Maria, Cuba. The sailing was awesome. The wind was awesome for all but two days. The boats were Hobie 15s which are slower boats designed for the rental market but were good up to about 10 knots of boat speed and were very forgiving, even in higher winds and surf.


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Sadly, the present American administration has taken us back to the '80s policies in our relations with Cuba and our ability to travel there freely. My only real worry is that the PP office may see a Cuban stamp and not renew my PP when the time comes. This is a pretty vindictive administration. Perhaps it is time to get a Conch Republic passport if it will work in Cuba.
Dont make it political...no benefit

They stamp a piece of paper you put in your pp, not your pp...unless you request that.

What are the best charts now available for cuba?
Im very interested in the southern coast
 

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We didnt use any charts while I was there, I just sailed off the beach, which was about 2 miles long. My wife and I took turns sailing with my son so that one of us could be ashore with the baby, so we never really strayed too far.
 

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Did you do any local shopping...food stuffs etc
Im told mobile Net access is expensive
Did you find any 'street food'...is that a norm or not in cuba
Did you have to buy/spend in cuc...how did that work for you
 

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We didn't really do any local shopping. I am not sure what the grocery store situation is, we ate in restaurants. However, I did see local shopping. Private citizens are allowed to open up little shops in the fronts of their homes and sell what ever. Pots, pans, pizza, cane juice whatever. I attached a pic a couple of homes where people are selling stuff off their front porch. The currency is the Cuban Peso, they are phasing out that goofy dual currency thing they had and it seems most transactions are handled with the Peso.


The Peso exchanges as roughly one US dollar. Things are cheap. A 1 peso tip will get you pretty far. A 26 oz bottle of nice quality Havana Club dark rum was 4.50. A 20 pack of Monte Cristo Cuban minis was 10.00 Pesos.

My understanding is you can not buy Cuban Pesos out side of the country, you have to exchange there, which was straight forward. From what I saw they could give cash advances on non American Credit cards (for example, my Canadian Visa worked), they would also exchange Canadian Currency for Cuban Pesos. I suspect Euros would be accepted too.

The only street food we bought was ice cream and beer. I paid 2 Pesos for a can of Buccanero on the street, you can probably get it for less. There are outside patio restaurants too, pizza etc. The restaurant food in Cuba is interesting. The ingredients are limited. We were at a pizza place that couldn't make pizza because they had run out of flour and didn't seem to have any way to immediately rectify the problem.


The Cuban Peso is easy, you hand over a bill, they give you change. Just like in Canada or the US.

Local transportation is a mix of horse drawn taxis, old American car taxis and newer, Russian or Chinese vehicle taxis and old buses. You can rent motorcycles and jeeps in touristy areas. I have done both, I find Cuban roads to be reasonably decent roads to drive or ride on.

Here is a pic of a street vendor and a bank.
 

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Here is a follow up vid. More of the same, but with some better shots of the boats.

 

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Did you get an idea of where most of the other tourists there were from...what countries
How did you transfer to and from the airport...prearranged or on your own
 

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Did you get an idea of where most of the other tourists there were from...what countries
How did you transfer to and from the airport...prearranged or on your own
Almost all canadian, probably %90, more than half of those were French Canadian.
I also met Russians, Germans and Scandinavians.

Travel from the airport was arranged by the airline. However, if you were traveling independently, there are taxis at the airport. The airport taxis seem to be newer vehicles, either from Europe or Asia. I think the roads are pretty decent.

We flew into Santa Clara, which is kind of in the middle of the country. Then it was about 120 km to the island. To reach the island there is a 48 km man made ocean causeway, pretty cool really. The island is about 100km from the Bahamas, 220 km to Key Largo and 250 km from Miami and Havanna.
 

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Hi, I was wondering if you rented the Hobie Cat or if was offered as part of your accommodation. I'll be traveling to Cuba next week and I'm hoping to find somewhere to rent a Hobie Cat. Any info you have would be much appreciated! Thanks
 

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Kluane,

When we booked our resort we specified to the travel agent we wanted a resort with a good water sports program, specifically a resort that included daily access to Hobies and or Lasers, as well as daily access to kayaks. It wasnt hard to find, most 4 star + resorts have at least Hobie Cats. Our resort had quite a few Hobies in good condition and not all that many people interested in beach cat sailing in the wind and waves that were present. However, we did give daily gratuities to the watersports staff to ensure we got our boats. We sailed every day but two when the winds were too light to bother with. We took kayaks and went snorkeling those days.
 
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