To try and experience the real Cuba or at least the Cuba outside of the marina experience I had to actually leave the boat for several days. This is something I highly recommend if you do end up visiting by boat.
I felt very safe leaving the boat in the marina, security was not an issue and the cost was reasonable, my only minor concern was with this particular marina and it’s exposure to the weather. Luckily I could download the weather forecasts so even that wasn’t a major worry.
The marina staff helped me immensely in securing a ride to Moròn and also setting me up with a place to stay. Although I’m confident I could have sorted those items out myself, it was nice to get the help.
Why did I get so much help? The Cuban people wanted me to have a good experience in Cuba. They realize how not-fun the rules can be for visiting boaters.
So anyway, I spent several days in what amounted to a Bed and Breakfast. Even though my hosts spoke basically zero English and I spoke basically zero Spanish, we figured things out with a combination of Spanglish and sign language.
The town itself was exactly what I was hoping for, not touristy and very authentic.
The ironwork on the buildings was fascinating, in my opinion… I could have spent days photographing it.
Below are a few photos of my guesthouse. The place was clean, hosts friendly and mostly everything worked. The breakfast was a real treat.
One of the items that needed help was the shower head, it didn’t really work and had fallen apart, leaving just water gushing from a pipe. I looked in every store I came across that had hardware and no shower heads could be had, such is life in Cuba.