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Weekly report on Cuba's tourism industry
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Cuba: Tourism by the Sea

Cuba, known as the largest Antillean island, is an archipelago with marine waters that surround a major component for the expansion of tourism, with an emphasis on the so-called recreational boating.

Diving, a true complement of the entertainment industry, has at its disposal more than 70,000 kilometers of insular platform and some 5,000 km of coastline, bathed in turn by the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea.

In addition, about 6,500 varieties of fish, crustaceans, sponges and mollusks, and numerous species of corals, turn the island into one of the best preserved underwater ecosystems in the region.

For leisure, three dozen specialized centers in the immersionism operate throughout the Caribbean country, with facilities that teach initiation courses and dive in coral reefs and caverns, under strict international standards for that activity.

Cuba is in the passage of the major shipping lanes of the area (Yucatan Strait, Old Bahamas Stretch, Windward Passage), all of which favors the expansion of this form of entertainment.

Thus, nautical activities extend its influence to modalities such as fishing and kite surfing, along with the variant of life on board in certain areas of the country.

Varadero. View of the coast
Marea del Portillo beach
View of Meliá Las Américas Hotel.

For this recreational mode, the island has a dozen marinas along the archipelago, with more than 320 vessels to promote this activity.

Of those facilities, nine have conditions for clearance of foreign vessels and six are located on the north coast, including Gaviota Los Morros, Hemingway, Gaviota Varadero, Varadero Waterfront, Cayo Guillermo and Gaviota Puerto Vita.

Usually, these facilities ensure essential basic services (water, electricity, fuel, communications and cable television), although there is also the infrastructure to accommodate the lodging services to the most demanding tastes.

Additionally, the process of normalization of relations between Cuba and the United States provided an incentive for the development of this activity, with frequent regattas and encounters that link the two nations.

The gap between the two countries is increasingly overcome with frequent arrivals of boats of all kinds, with consequent incentive for the development of sailing.

One of the most famous sites is undoubtedly the Marina Hemingway, located in the capital of the island and set as a sort of flagship center in this promising sector.

Among the most important proposals organized by the Club appears in first order, the Tournament of Marlin Fishing Ernest Hemingway, founded by the writer himself, author of The Old Man and the Sea, A Farewell to Arms and many important novels.

The company also symbolizes Cuba in numerous global partnerships such as Ocean Cruising Club, Cruising Association UK; and Trans-Ocean and Kreuzer-Abteilung, both of Germany.

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