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Explore this destination rooted in celebration, passion, and scenery by luxury yacht charter.

Located only 90 miles from the southernmost point of the U.S. in Key West, Cuba seamlessly merges the Caribbean Sea, the Gulf of Mexico, and the Atlantic Ocean. The island is encircled by powder-white beaches, palm trees, and welcoming warm waters. Cuba is famed for its outstanding rum, hand-rolled cigars, and unique complex history that showcases colorful American convertibles and dance-til-dawn salsa bars. A yacht charter to Cuba offers something for everyone. Adventure-seekers can take to the land and explore the historical streets, sampling rum and kicking back with an authentic Cuban cigar. Those who want more peace and quiet can stay on sun-kissed beaches.

UNESCO World Heritage site

UNESCO World Heritage protects Cuban cities such as Trinidad and its capital Havana. They boast fascinating culture, stylish restaurants, and plenty of bars with delicious rums and lots of salsa dancing.

Your private charter yacht can drop anchor at the Marina Hemingway in Havana. You will not want to miss the opportunity to visit the Museum of the Revolution, the Capitol Building, and the Catedral de San Cristobal. Roam the streets of Paseo del Prado, Old Havana’s famous promenade featuring stunning Spanish colonial architecture and statuesque trees. Enjoy authentic cuisine at La Bodeguita del Medio and Soviet dishes at Nazdarovie, or for more special occasions, head to El Biky. After a delicious meal, head to the legendary El Floridita for a daiquiri. After exploring this vibrant city, you can return to your luxury yacht with the salsa melodies still dancing in your head.

Discover the Magic of Cuba Yacht Charter: A Luxurious Sailing Adventure

Embark on an unforgettable journey through the pristine waters of the Caribbean Sea with a Cuba Yacht Charter. This comprehensive guide will lead you through the enchanting island nation of Cuba, offering a blend of rich history, vibrant culture, and unparalleled natural beauty. Whether you’re aboard a private luxury charter yacht or a crewed luxury yacht, the Cuban archipelago awaits to provide an exceptional luxury charter vacation.

Yacht Charter in Cuba: Gateway to Paradise

Yacht charters in Cuba present an extraordinary way to explore this beautiful country. From luxury yachts to sailing yachts, the options are diverse, catering to every preference. A Cuba luxury yacht charter is not just about sailing; it’s about experiencing the yachting lifestyle amidst the breathtaking coastlines and Caribbean style beaches. Opt for a bareboat charter for a more hands-on adventure or a private yacht for an intimate experience.

Cultural Richness and Historical Landscapes

A yacht charter in Cuba is incomplete without delving into the island’s uniquely complex history and culture. The Spanish colonial architecture in cities like Trinidad, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, tells the story of the island’s past. The Cuban atmosphere is alive with the sounds of countless classic cars and the sights of sun-kissed beaches lined with seafront villages.

Dream Itinerary: From Havana to Cayo Largo

Begin your luxury yacht charter journey in the vibrant capital of Havana, where world-class restaurants and vibrant nightlife set the tone for an exciting trip. Sail towards the southern coast, stopping at the small resort island of Cayo Largo. Here, Playa Sirena offers pristine sands and crystal-clear waters perfect for water activities like jet skis and water toys. Continue to Cayo Rico for a secluded escape, and enjoy night sailing under the stars.

Island-hopping around Cuba

With a luxury charter vacation, you can experience every diverse landscape Cuba offers and more. Island-hop the surrounding archipelagos, explore the cays of Jardines del Rey, and be left in awe of Cuba’s stunning natural beauty.


Visit the town of Baracoa, which, until the 1960s, was only accessible by boat. The city still has a remote feel and exudes character. You can set out to explore the trails of El Yunque, one of the most characteristic mountains of Cuba.

The Varadero region

The north of Cuba is home to the Varadero region, a well-known area filled with unspoiled beaches, swaying palm trees, and the island’s only 18-hole golf course, the Villa Du Point Golf Course.


Cienfuegos, known as the Pearl of the South, feature streets filled with historical and cultural delights to admire. Cayo Largo, a part of the Los CanarrĂ©os archipelago, offers calm waters and pristine reefs to explore and is home to an incredible turtle sanctuary. After days spent ashore immersing yourself in Cuba’s rich history and colorful culture, take in the warm, balmy breeze while dining alfresco on the deck of your charter yacht. Kick back with a craft cocktail and recharge to be ready for the adventures that lie before you.

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Charter Highlights Cuba

  • Take to the streets of Havana to be immersed in the bustling culture
  • Drive a colorful classic American car through the colorful streets
  • Kick back with an authentic hand-rolled Cuban cigar
  • Explore the cays of Jardines del Rey
  • Visit Cayo Largo to be immersed in scenic natural beauty

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Cuba yacht charter guide: FAQs

Where is Cuba located?

Cuba is an island country located in the northern Caribbean Sea, south of the United States and the Bahamas, west of Haiti, east of Mexico, and just north of the Cayman Islands. It is the largest island in the Caribbean and forms part of the Greater Antilles archipelago.

Can I customize my itinerary on a luxury yacht charter in Cuba?

Customizing your itinerary is a cornerstone of the luxury yacht charter experience in Cuba. Whether you’re interested in exploring Cayo Largo del Sur for its coral reef fringing or wish to immerse yourself in the Cuban atmosphere by visiting seafront villages, charter itineraries can be tailored to suit your preferences, ensuring a dream yacht charter experience.

What are some must-visit destinations on a Cuba yacht charter?

On a Cuba yacht charter, must-visit destinations include the pristine Cayo Largo, known for its Caribbean-style beaches and Playa Sirena. Cayo Rico offers a secluded paradise perfect for water toys and relaxation. Don’t miss exploring the coral reefs around Cayo Sal or the registered UNESCO biosphere reserve for an unforgettable diving experience.

What activities can I enjoy during my luxury yacht charter in Cuba?

During your luxury yacht charter in Cuba, you can indulge in a variety of activities. From island hopping between Cayo Largo del Sur and Cayo Rico to diving in some of the countless leading dive spots, the options are endless. Enjoy water toys and jet skis in the clear waters, or take a leisurely night sailing trip under the stars. The Caribbean Sea and its coral reefs offer endless opportunities for snorkeling and diving, making every day a new adventure.

How does a Cuba luxury yacht charter ensure an authentic Cuban experience?

A Cuba luxury yacht charter ensures an authentic experience by offering a unique blend of luxurious accommodations and immersive cultural encounters. Sailors can explore historical sites showcasing Spanish colonial architecture, mingle with welcoming locals in seafront villages, and savor world-class cuisine. The Cuban atmosphere is further enriched by the classic cars and vibrant nightlife, providing a comprehensive glimpse into the island’s uniquely complex history and lifestyle.

What's the food like in Cuba?

Cuba’s food is fabulous, with a superb selection of local eateries and restaurants. Classic Cuban cuisine includes slow-cooked meats, marinades, and aromatic rice and bean preparations. Trying the local food is a must when visiting Cuba.

Where can I moor my yacht in Cuba?

There are several marinas where Cuba yacht charters can berth, including:

  • Darsena Varadero Marina
  • Marina Cienfuegos
  • Marina Gaviota Varadero
  • Port Marina Hemingway
  • Santiago de Cuba International Marina

The Cuba charter brokers at Northrop & Johnson can arrange berths at Cuba’s best marinas. Contact our team today.

What airports are there in Cuba?

There are several international airports in Cuba that accommodate both private jets and commercial airlines. These include:

  • Jose Marti International Airport, Havana
  • Juan Gualberto Gomez Airport, Varadero
  • Frank Pais Airport, Holguin
  • Antonio Maceo Airport, Santiago de Cuba
  • Cienfuegos Airport or Jaim Gonzales Airport, Cienfuegos

Northrop & Johnson will support you with arrangements for travel to and from your luxury private yacht.

Can I enjoy a bareboat charter in Cuba?

While it is likely that it is possible to enjoy a bareboat charter in Cuba, Northrop & Johnson specializes in crewed Cuba yacht charters only. If you want to visit Cuba aboard a crewed yacht, contact the team at Northrop & Johnson.

What types of yachts can I charter in Cuba?

Cuba is a growing superyacht vacation hotspot in the Caribbean, especially for those seeking breathtaking coastlines and a unique complex history to explore. Popular yacht types in Cuba include:

  • Motor yachts
  • Sailing yachts
  • Explorer yachts
  • Catamarans
  • Flybridge yachts
  • Powerboats
  • Flybridge yachts

No matter what type of yacht you want to explore Cuba on, Northrop & Johnson can match you with your dream vessel. Contact our team today.

Is the diving good in Cuba?

Cuba boasts superb diving, with excellent visibility, vibrant marine life, and colorful coral reefs. Some of the best dive sites include:

  • Jardines de la Reina – known as the Gardens of the Queen, this is a government-protected area and one of the most beautiful diving destinations in the Caribbean, with wonderful marine life, including sea turtles and sharks.
  • Maria la Gorda – home to multiple dive sites including swim-throughs, plunging walls, and caves.
  • Cayo Largo del Sur – great for beginner dives, with shallow waters teeming with marine life.
  • Punta Frances – a National Marine Park located on Cuba’s largest off-shore island, Isla de la Juventud, boasting superb marine life, including sea turtles, and vibrant coral reefs.
  • Playa Giron – sometimes known as the Bay of Pigs, divers can access a spectacular wall just off the beach. There is also the wreck of El Jaruco, which was sunk on purpose in 1994.

What water toys can I expect aboard my Cuba luxury yacht charter?

Cuba’s crystal-clear waters are ideal for making the most of your private yacht’s many water toys. Aboard a private luxury charter yacht, you’ll typically find:

  • Inflatables
  • Jet skis
  • Kayaks
  • Snorkeling and diving equipment
  • Fishing gear
  • Seabobs
  • Stand Up Paddleboards
  • Water skis

How many charter guests can I take with me to Cuba on a private luxury charter yacht?

The vast majority of yachts for charter are limited to 12 charter guests, which is due to maritime regulations, even if the vessel can technically sleep more guests. However, some luxury yachts are able to carry more than 12 charter guests. No matter how many guests you want to take with you on your yacht charter vacation in Cuba, Northrop & Johnson will be able to match you with your ideal boat. Contact our Cuba yacht brokers today.

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Get in touch with a Cuba yacht charter broker

Northrop & Johnson is a leading brokerage with access to a global fleet of over 1,000 luxury yachts for charter, including in Cuba. Our yachts for charter, including motor yachts and sailing boats, feature vessels built by the world’s best luxury boatbuilders, ensuring incredible levels of luxury and a stylish getaway on the water. Our Cuba yacht charter brokers boast unparalleled destination expertise and can create a bespoke itinerary that precisely matches your desired vacation experience. If you want to visit Cuba aboard a private crewed yacht, contact our team today or browse our luxury yachts for charter.

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