In Cuba, you can buy almost everything for a perfect charter. However, the necessary food can be procured in various shops. Bunkering provisions in Cuba is a special experience and brings you closer to the lives of Cubans.
Important: You can only pay with credit cards or Cuban MLC cards at most grocery shops in Cienfuegos and at the Marina Shop.
At the food market stalls in the city you pay in Cuban pesos.
There you will receive the following foods:
Further information can be found in our provisions list in our Dowload area / Service. Send your provisions list before the charter, so that we can order the goods in the Marina Shop or use the list as a shopping list, for the goods you can buy directly in the Marina Shop.
The young team on site will gladly bring the purchased goods from the shop to the ship.
In the Marina Cienfuegos there is since 2017 a shop selling vegetables and fruit.
A complementary offer has small retailers in the center and all districts that sell all sorts of fruits and vegetables depending on the seasonal offer. The fruits are always delicious, as they do not have long transport routes, even if they are not so "polished" and illuminated as representative as in the supermarket shelves known to us.
Here we recommend again the local taxi driver as a source of information to find the small traders.
Classic "bakeries" are only available near the city center. The area around the marina is supplied with sales cars by "flying bread merchants". They can be heard from afar when they offer with loud shouts "pan suave" (soft bread) and "pan duro" (firm bread). Both breads are white breads. We have not yet discovered black bread in Cuba.
If you inform the Security Personnel or the Dockmaster, they can stop the bread traders and inform them about your order.
Fish can be purchased from the local dealers, the Dockmaster help here happy.
Fishing: All our boats have an official fishing permit.
The authorities pay close attention within a radius of about 5 nm around Cayo Largo, that this is also kept.
The story is told in Cuba that Barracudas and other delicious fish are best with 5 to 7 cm long fishing hooks. With a simple colored rubber bait or simply a plastic bag bait. Without plumb line, on a leash approx. 50 to 80 m long. At water depths of within 8 to 15 m, be pulled behind the yacht. The leash is loosely attached to the tail rail and secured at another point.
For shopping in the city we recommend the non-expert to charter a taxi driver. The taxi drivers we know help against a small extra charge to get the food that is not available in the Marina Shop. Our base manager will be happy to help and call a taxi driver. Many taxi drivers also speak English.
In the supermarket in Punta Gorda (distance from the marina about 500 m) you can buy more drinks and canned food.
In the city center (distance from the marina about 1,800 m) there is a small market hall where you can buy more vegetables and fruits.
In the city center there are other supermarkets with similar products as in the supermarket in Punta Gorda.
If important products are missing in the supermarkets, we recommend to visit the local shops which are known by the taxi driver. Most drivers know where you get the needed products.