After a four hour drive from Havana we reached Cienfuegos, a small harbour city in the South of Central Cuba. We got to do a stroll around in the city center, which was a UNESCO World Heritage Site well worth its status. We also stocked up on run and cigarette before heading to the marina where our boat would depart from.
When first getting on the boat we were all surprised to see how big and fancy it was. The 85 foot (24m) boat had 12 double rooms with their own bathrooms and showers and all kinds of equipment such as espresso machine, plasma tv and fishing rods were on board.
There was just nine of us travelers and as much as six crew on the boat: Captains Serje, the skipper Manu, carlos the Cuban helper, two french cooks and our tour guide Zsara from Hungary.
We also had some locals come aboard to play us some folk music while drinking our welcome Mojitos. We also got to try to play the extra instruments that they had brought with them and the ones wanting a dance got up to try some salsa moves.
After cleaning through immigration and having our briefings we set off to Cayo Largo, a night sail away where we would be closer to the other “cayos” (Limestone, reef islands) that we were going to visit on our six day sailing trip at the Canarreos Archipelago.