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With its spectacular white-sanded beaches, ornate baroque architecture, and irresistible rumba beat, Cuba is rapidly rising as one of the world’s hottest new yacht charter destinations. Largely off-limits to yacht charters until recently, Cuba offers over 3,000 miles of pristine coastline and an astonishing 4,000 coral atolls and cays for dropping anchor in a near-forgotten Caribbean paradise.

On a yacht charter in Cuba you can cruise from islands of unsurpassed beauty and serenity, to vibrant colonial cities where Cubans dance in the street and the parties go all night. You can dive off your yacht every morning to explore another stunning coral reef, or venture into the jungle to swim through the cenotes – flooded caves that are characterised by overhanging vines and crystal clear waters. Behind the sugar-white beaches, mountains rise into the sky and lush rain forest cloaks the rolling landscape.

Cuba is the ideal destination in which to witness exotic wildlife in its natural environment. In the south, the Cienaga des Zapata National Park has won World-Heritage status for its incredible range of endemic species, while Cuba’s barrier reef – the world’s third largest – is known as ‘the Galapagos of the Caribbean’ for its abundance of marine life, from whale sharks to sea turtle and even alligators. If fishing is your passion then a Cuba yacht charter cannot fail to impress, whether you’re game fishing for marlin, or casting your line for trout in an inland river.

Concerning appealing urban destinations, Cienfuegos – the Jewel of the South – is an appealing choice, with its French charm and magnificent harbour; alternatively, cruise to trendy Trinidad and admire the Spanish architecture and visit the famous cocktail bars.

In Havana meanwhile, the nostalgic images of a lost Caribbean come to life in full colour. Old men in white shirts and trilbies play dominos on rickety tables, and cigar smoke wafts from doorways of dark, cool bars where barmen mix up rum cocktails under lazily turning ceiling fans. Classic American cars – Buicks, Oldsmobiles, and Chevrolets – cruise past fading graffiti of Fidel Castro, and children with bright smiles play outside colourfully-painted houses on cobbled streets.

Luxury has found its way to Havana too, with opulent spa hotels, fine restaurants, and rooftop bars with infinity pools offering pampering and indulgence after a day exploring all the vibrant art, architecture and music that Havana has to offer.

Available Yachts for a Cuban Charter:

An iconic site wherever she cruises, the 69.65m M/Y SHERAKHAN accommodates up to 26 charter guests in 13 luxurious staterooms. A 7m atrium hosts her central attraction: a formal dining room for up to 22 guests, which is infused with light filtered through the glass-bottomed, 18-person Jacuzzi on the sundeck. A beauty salon and a health suite enrich the charter experience, while a fleet of water toys – including an 8m inflatable slide, two RIBs and a classic Dutch tender, to name a few – entertains guests of all ages. Charter SHERAKHAN in Cuba this winter for USD 425,000/week.

A winner of the coveted world superyacht award, M/Y .11.11. is a unique 63.0m superyacht for charter. She attracted a great deal of attention at the recent Monaco Yacht Show with her distinctive axe bow with vertical blade. Her Art Deco interiors set M/Y .11.11. apart from competitors, featuring a lavish Master suite with access to a private deck. Charter guests can admire the exotic Cuban landscape from the oversized Jacuzzi on the sundeck, while the steam room and massage room ensure an indulgent cruising experience. Available from EUR 650,000/week.

Charter M/Y CHASING DAYLIGHT to experience Cuba in luxury and style. The 39.6m Westport superyacht was built in 2005 and underwent an extensive refit in 2013 and a further interior upgrade in 2016, which brought her to an exemplary standard of finish. Complete with a forward Jacuzzi, ample deck space and a range of watertoys, M/Y CHASING DAYLIGHT is the perfect vessel for entertaining. And with a maximum speed of 26 knots, charter guests can see more of this exotic destination. The vessel is available from USD 95,000/week.

Exotic and enchanting, a Cuba yacht charter cannot fail to thrill with its superb combination of rich culture and magnificent beauty. To know more about chartering a yacht in Cuba, contact Y.CO.

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