Destination Area: Caribbean Ocean/Gulf Of Mexico
Length: 14 NIGHTS
Vessel: Sea Cloud


Departs:

Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica on January 15, 2018

Returns:

Havana, Cuba * on January 29, 2018


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SAILING NORTH IN THE CARIBBEAN FROM COSTA RICA TO CUBA WITH STOPS IN NICARAGUA AND MEXICO: 14 Night Voyage From Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica to Havana, Cuba

Sea Cloud is a unique and romantic sailing vessel, with a fascinating history. She is a four-masted barque, spreading some 32,000 square feet ...

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  • Learn the history of Puerto Limon where Christopher Columbus landed on his way to the New World
  • Go snorkeling and swimming in Little Corn Island
  • See the stepped pyramids and stone carvings in Cozumel
  • Notice all the colonial architecture in Havana and the 1950's American cars- some restored to their original condition.

Sailing north in the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico to Havana, Cuba. On your way to Cuba you will make a variety of stops but one in particular is Coxen Hole, Roatan which has many traditional little fishing villages. This island is surrounded by the world's largest coral reefs. As a result, you will see some ancient ship wrecks.

Puerto Limon, Costa Rica (overnight)


Puerto Limon, Costa Rica
The city, and the province in general, is home to most of Costa Rica's citizens of African descent. Originally from Jamaica, these workers were brought to the area in the late 19th century to build the railroad line from San José to Limón. The rail line boosted the country's banana exports and economy in general. By the time the line was closed, the city was the country's primary harbor.

Corn Island (Islas del Maiz)
The Corn Islands, along with the eastern half of present-day Nicaragua, was a British protectorate from 1655 until 1894, a period when the region was called the Mosquito Coast. At one time, the islands were frequented by Caribbean pirates. In 1894, the Nicaraguan government claimed the area.

Under the Bryan–Chamorro Treaty of 1914, the islands were leased to the United States for a period of 99 years. The terms of the lease made the Corn Islands subject to U.S. law, but they remained Nicaraguan territory. The lease notwithstanding, the United States never maintained a significant presence in the islands. Once the laws of Nicaragua became common law, all these communities, which were ruled from Bluefields until the autonomous laws were enacted in the 1980s with U.S. acquiescence and the Nicaraguan government directed the local administration of the islands. The right of the United States to use the islands remained until April 25, 1971, when the lease was officially terminated by the denunciation of the Bryan-Chamorro Treaty under the presidency of Anastasio Somoza Debayle, on July 14, 1970. The United States Coast Guard however maintains a significant presence in the islands, in coordination with the Nicaraguan Navy, to combat the illegal trafficking of narcotics.

As of early 2009, local authorities estimate the population of Big Corn Island to be 6,200, and that of Little Corn Island to be 1,200. Distribution of tourists is estimated to be roughly 25% at Big Corn Island and 75% at Little Corn Island.

The islanders are English-speaking Creole people of mixed black heritage. In recent years there has been substantial internal migration by Spanish-speaking mestizo people from Pacific Nicaragua, and, increasingly, by Miskito people from the Caribbean mainland around Puerto Cabezas. English, long the island's principal language, is being supplanted by Spanish and Miskito.


At Sea


At Sea


Coxen Hole, Roatan, Islas de le Bahia
Coxen Hole, also called Roatan Town, is the largest city on the island of Roatán, and the capital of the Bay Islands department of Honduras, with a population of 5,070 as of census 2001.

Roatan is the largest of the Bay Islands, which are a part of Honduras, lying just over 30 miles from the northern coast of the Honduran mainland.

Roatan is known around the world for its scuba diving. The reef surrounding the island attracts beautiful tropical fish and snorkelers alike. Dive attractions include sea walls, shipwrecks, and night diving. Sea turtles, dolphins, and whales swim in the waters of Roatan. Roatan's West Bay Beach boat rides.

Parrots, iguana, and monkeys live in the wild on this tropical island. An iguana farm east of French Harbor provides a refuge for thousands of iguanas and is open for tourists.

Roatan has a mild climate year around with sea temperatures fine for swimming all year. The weather does not always permit swimming, however. Stormy weather brings rough and dangerous seas, but that is more like to occur during the rainy season.


Belize City, Belize (overnight)
Belize City offers a host of attractions including several sanctuaries, the world class Belize Zoo, a new museum, historic government buildings, churches and the incredible Maya site at Altun Ha. The city is a great place to spend a day or two learning about Belize's history and its multi-cultural heritage while mingling with the amiable, laid back Belizeans who greet you with a smile. It's also the perfect place to plan and begin your discovery of Belize and offers all kinds of access to any destination in the country.

Belize City is located in the heart of the country. From there you will be able to make your connection to everywhere else you want to go. North you can visit the Community Baboon Sanctuary, Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary, visit relaxing Placencia, the adventurous Cockscomb Basin, the only Jaguar Reserve in the world to the mysterious archaeological sites such as Caracol and Xunantunich and the interesting Mountain Pine Ridge area.

Belize City is your gateway to mystic Mayan sites, fascinating caves & rivers, unique flora & fauna and relaxing beaches. It is also filled with history. Belize City has the only manual swing bridge in the world which is still being swung daily. The oldest Anglican Cathedral Church in Central America, St. John's Cathedral, was built in 1812 from bricks brought as ballast from European sailing ships. Over the years, Government House (now the House of Culture Museum) was used as an administrative office and living quarters for the governors of Belize. This was built in early 1800 with a combination of Caribbean Vernacular and English Urban architecture.

The Lighthouse monument at Fort George Point towers over the harbor entrance. This was built from money donated to the country by Belize's greatest benefactor - Baron Bliss, the 5th baron of Portugal. At his request, he was entombed in front of the lighthouse which he designed himself prior to his death.


Belize City, Belize
Belize City offers a host of attractions including several sanctuaries, the world class Belize Zoo, a new museum, historic government buildings, churches and the incredible Maya site at Altun Ha. The city is a great place to spend a day or two learning about Belize's history and its multi-cultural heritage while mingling with the amiable, laid back Belizeans who greet you with a smile. It's also the perfect place to plan and begin your discovery of Belize and offers all kinds of access to any destination in the country.

Belize City is located in the heart of the country. From there you will be able to make your connection to everywhere else you want to go. North you can visit the Community Baboon Sanctuary, Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary, visit relaxing Placencia, the adventurous Cockscomb Basin, the only Jaguar Reserve in the world to the mysterious archaeological sites such as Caracol and Xunantunich and the interesting Mountain Pine Ridge area.

Belize City is your gateway to mystic Mayan sites, fascinating caves & rivers, unique flora & fauna and relaxing beaches. It is also filled with history. Belize City has the only manual swing bridge in the world which is still being swung daily. The oldest Anglican Cathedral Church in Central America, St. John's Cathedral, was built in 1812 from bricks brought as ballast from European sailing ships. Over the years, Government House (now the House of Culture Museum) was used as an administrative office and living quarters for the governors of Belize. This was built in early 1800 with a combination of Caribbean Vernacular and English Urban architecture.

The Lighthouse monument at Fort George Point towers over the harbor entrance. This was built from money donated to the country by Belize's greatest benefactor - Baron Bliss, the 5th baron of Portugal. At his request, he was entombed in front of the lighthouse which he designed himself prior to his death.


Lighthouse Reef, Belize
Of the three atoll reefs off the coast of Belize, Lighthouse Reef is the farthest offshore. It is far from neglected, however, since dive boats from San Pedro visit the atoll regularly and the larger live-aboard vessels are always found in the vicinity. Within the confines of the reef, the depth is generally about 9 feet with sufficient room between the numerous patch reefs to maneuver any craft with shallow enough draft. The seabed is sandy and this, at least, allows the skipper to see the darker-colored patches of coral. As long as the sun is over the shoulder, the patch reefs are clearly seen.

At Sea


Cozumel, Mexico
Just a few miles off the Yucatan coast, Cozumel has seduced adventurers for centuries, from the Mayans to Cortez, who landed here; pirates, who found sanctuary in its hidden coves to modern-day divers and sun-worshippers, who come here for the island’s ivory sand beaches, jungle trails and botanical gardens, and colorful reefs, teeming with sea life.

Along the east coast of the island you will find beautiful beaches with wild waves. Along the waterfront in San Miguel are lots of authentic Mexican restaurants, and the famous Carlos & Charlies, and Fat Tuesdays for mighty Margaritas. You may wish to visit the Mayan ruins at San Gervasio, a site restored by the National Institute of Antrhopology and History. The lagoon in Chankannab National Park is home to more than 60 species of tropical fish, crustaceans and corals. You can scuba dive here, or snorkel if you prefer; both are excellent here.


At Sea


Havana, Cuba (overnight)
Havana is the center of the Cuban government, and various ministries and headquarters of businesses are based there.

The current Havana area and its natural bay were first visited by Europeans during Sebastián de Ocampo's circumnavigation of the island in 1509. Shortly thereafter, in 1510, the first Spanish colonists arrived from Hispaniola and began the conquest of Cuba.

Shortly after the founding of Cuba's first cities, the island served as little more than a base for the Conquista of other lands.

Havana was originally a trading port, and suffered regular attacks by buccaneers, pirates, and French corsairs.

Under American influence, the city saw a new era of development. Numerous residencies, luxury hotels, casinos and nightclubs were constructed since the 1930s to serve Havana's burgeoning tourist industry, strongly reviling Miami.

There was a severe economic downturn after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 and with it the end of the billions of dollars in subsidies the Soviet Union gave the Cuban government.

Neo-classical, Baroque, and colonial archiecture can be found throughout the island. The influence from different styles and cultures can be seen in Havana's colonial architecture, with a diverse range of Moorish, Spanish, Italian, Greek and Roman.

There are diverse museums, clubs and beaches for tourists to enjoy.


Havana, Cuba (overnight)
Havana is the center of the Cuban government, and various ministries and headquarters of businesses are based there.

The current Havana area and its natural bay were first visited by Europeans during Sebastián de Ocampo's circumnavigation of the island in 1509. Shortly thereafter, in 1510, the first Spanish colonists arrived from Hispaniola and began the conquest of Cuba.

Shortly after the founding of Cuba's first cities, the island served as little more than a base for the Conquista of other lands.

Havana was originally a trading port, and suffered regular attacks by buccaneers, pirates, and French corsairs.

Under American influence, the city saw a new era of development. Numerous residencies, luxury hotels, casinos and nightclubs were constructed since the 1930s to serve Havana's burgeoning tourist industry, strongly reviling Miami.

There was a severe economic downturn after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 and with it the end of the billions of dollars in subsidies the Soviet Union gave the Cuban government.

Neo-classical, Baroque, and colonial archiecture can be found throughout the island. The influence from different styles and cultures can be seen in Havana's colonial architecture, with a diverse range of Moorish, Spanish, Italian, Greek and Roman.

There are diverse museums, clubs and beaches for tourists to enjoy.


Havana, Cuba *
Havana is the center of the Cuban government, and various ministries and headquarters of businesses are based there.

The current Havana area and its natural bay were first visited by Europeans during Sebastián de Ocampo's circumnavigation of the island in 1509. Shortly thereafter, in 1510, the first Spanish colonists arrived from Hispaniola and began the conquest of Cuba.

Shortly after the founding of Cuba's first cities, the island served as little more than a base for the Conquista of other lands.

Havana was originally a trading port, and suffered regular attacks by buccaneers, pirates, and French corsairs.

Under American influence, the city saw a new era of development. Numerous residencies, luxury hotels, casinos and nightclubs were constructed since the 1930s to serve Havana's burgeoning tourist industry, strongly reviling Miami.

There was a severe economic downturn after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 and with it the end of the billions of dollars in subsidies the Soviet Union gave the Cuban government.

Neo-classical, Baroque, and colonial archiecture can be found throughout the island. The influence from different styles and cultures can be seen in Havana's colonial architecture, with a diverse range of Moorish, Spanish, Italian, Greek and Roman.

There are diverse museums, clubs and beaches for tourists to enjoy.


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