Category Archives: Cuba

Pioneer is For Sale

Sadly, we are hanging up our anchor.  It has been 12 years of great sailing and getting to know many in the cruising community.  Out travels have taken us to Honduras, Mexico, Cuba, Bahamas and into many ports from Baltimore, … Continue reading

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Cuba: February-March 2013

After spending two months in Marathon, it was time to get out of the US and see some new sights. We left Boot Key Harbour in the late afternoon, unusual for us in that we normally head out in the … Continue reading

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Marathon – Two months of Fun and Biking

Marathon is an interesting area and very boater-friendly.   We had a pleasant and peaceful sail down the Hawk Channel with an overnight at Rodriquez Key.  Upon arrival at Boot Key Harbour, we found that little had changed – the same … Continue reading

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Final Weeks in Cuba and the Return Home

      Pioneer at dock in Varadero       Our final weeks in Cuba had us spending time cleaning Pioneer’s hull and generally preparing for the long voyage home (at least we hoped it would be long!).  Ron … Continue reading

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Road Trip to Havana and Vinales, Pinar Del Rio Province

On Tuesday, January 31st, we started out on our bus trip from Varadero to Vinales.  Debbie, a friend living on her boat here at Marina Darsena, came along with us as she had not seen this apparently beautiful area that … Continue reading

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Sights Around Town and at the Marina

In the almost three weeks that we have been at Marina Darsena, several boats have come and gone.  One day two boats left and the next day two arrived.  Then two more arrived several days later.  The marina has never … Continue reading

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Christmas Parties–Cuban style

Although Christmas is not a big event in Cuba, they do celebrate on Christmas Eve, which they call “Nochebuena”.  We were privileged to be asked into a Cuban home for Nochebuena.  Our hostess and friend was Anna.  Anna sells fish … Continue reading

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Adventures in Varadero and Santa Marta

On our several trips into town over our first week we got to see many sights, some old and familiar and some quite new ones.   About thirty men participate in this “house-raising” – but someone forgot the level!   … Continue reading

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Cuban Markets and Cuban Food

The Sunday market is new and has been very successful, drawing locals from around the outlying towns to make their weekly purchases. Ron has been searching, unsuccessfully, for hot peppers. When he saw these little babies in the market he … Continue reading

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The Crossing Opportunity

Once we arrived in Marathon it was a waiting game looking for the best weather conditions to cross the Gulf Stream and enter the infamous Paso Malo (the entrance canal to Marina Darsena in Varadero, Cuba).  We passed up our … Continue reading

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