Location: 23° 05 ́3” N; 82° 30 ́ 5” W
This is a Port of Entry with Cuban Customs & Immigration.
If Havana is the object of your cruise, then Hemingway is the natural destination and home base for your Havana excursions. It has full Customs & Immigration facilities and a very knowledgeable and helpful marina staff. Until the marina hotel is rebuilt, it should be avoided (except for a beer and wifi). Some provisioning and services are available.
Marina Hemingway is Cuba's second largest marina with 400 slips. Its narrow and fairly shallow channel is fully exposed to the north, and entry should not be attempted in seas over 2 meters. Nighttime entry is not advised.
Larger yachts will end up on generators, while yachts under 120’ should be ok on shore power. Be mindful of stabilizers alongside because of underwater concrete supports on the seawalls.
We advise all yachts visiting Cuba to walk over and join the Hemingway International Yacht Club (HIYC). Commodore Jose Miguel Diaz Escrich is internationally recognized as the de-facto Ambassador of Cuban yachting. He and his knowledgeable staff are there to assist and advise members of the international yachting community who wish to explore and enjoy the wonders of the Cuban Archipelago.
The Commodore is a former Frigate Captain of the Cuban Navy, in which he served for more than 25 years.
Guarded by a large seashore with beautiful beaches to the east and coral reefs, the Cuban capital city gives the guests the charms of a world-class cultural center. Founded in 1519, the San Cristobal de la Habana Village, still continues being a boater's rendezvous. Here music, dance, culture, arts, entertainment and artistic shows are melded into a versatile and stunning experience that enchants all who visit it.
Havana was declared National Monument in 1978 by the National Monument Commission. The Historic Center and its fortification system hold the title World ́s Cultural Heritage, given by UNESCO in 1982 and it is considered one of the oldest and best-preserved co- lonial sites in America.
Its seashore invites everyone to enjoy the innumerable nautical options: marina services, life on board, deep-sea fishing, diving and catamaran journeys which are offered by the Marlin Tarará and Hemingway Marines -the latter hosts the “Ernest Hemingway” Marlin International Fishing Tournament.
The Cuban capital is a coastal city whose past and present history is intimately bound to the sea. On the zone there are shipwreck remains of great historic value. The sea bottom in front of the city is terraced. The access, in some points, is easy and fast, given the proximity of the sites to the shoreline, while other sites are best accessed by vessel. This zone is remarkable for the presence of a variety of coral fishes and crustaceans which are a special attraction for photography.
To the west of the city the insular platform comprises a great diversity of coral formations whose beautiful walls and small caves shelter a diversity of fish and mollusks. The best places to dive are from 5 to 35 meters deep in order to experience gorgonian gardens, sponge meadows, different coral species and wrecks of sunken ships.
Sport fishing in Cuban waters has always been a draw for professionals and amateurs. Thanks to Cuba's location, the deep basins and canyons of the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico serve as ecological barriers in the distribution and movement of many species of fish. The great ocean currents allow a connection with pelagic oceanic species also contributes to the impressive variety of marine species.
Based on these favorable characteristics of our surrounding seas, on Friday, May 26, 1950, the “Ernest Hemingway” Marlin International Fishing Tournament was founded. Its purpose: to challenge the mighty Marlins which inhabit our waters.
It is important to know that Cuba develops sport fishing only under the method of “tag and release” (catch and release) according to the international trends for the preservation of species and environment.
The best weather for people loving deep sea fishing is between May and June. Every year, according to the tradition started more than six decades ago, the Marina Hemingway is host to this international tournament.
The CITY of HAVANA
If you haven’t done Havana, it’s a good idea to include it at the outset, or the conclusion of your trip. Regardless of whether you fly directly into Cuba, or board your vessel in Florida and transit the 85 nautical miles across the Gulf Stream through the Florida Straits, your starting, or ending point will likely be Havana. You can easily spend 2 full days exploring this multi-faceted city, and only scratch the surface. It's your choice- explore the City? or explore the coast? ... or both.
A unique destination and one of the most famous cities in the world, Havana is a living time capsule of days gone by, from its Spanish colonial history to the enduring legacy of the Revolution. It is characterized by such icons as the 1950s American cars and famous mural of Che Guevara overlooking Revolution Square. An intensely atmospheric city, it contains some superb architectural gems and many other cultural and historical sights besides. Havana can be divided into 4 main areas: the old quarter, which as the name suggests is the historic heart of the city and declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1982; central Havana, containing the famous Paseo del Prado, Capitolio building and many outstanding museums; Vedado, the modern political and cultural centre including Revolution Square; and Miramar to the west, Havana's most elegant quarter, whose main tree-lined avenue Quinta Avenida is flanked by splendid villas, many now home to foreign embassies.
Our guides in Havana ( and also in southern colonial cities like Cienfuegos and Trinidad) are “insiders” who create custom, curated adventures that are not available to “tourists”.
In terms of types of shoreside activities, here are some options:
Communication by radio: VHF16 y 72, HF 7462 170
Depth: 4.5 meters