Details for Marina Marlin Santiago De Cuba

Marina Marlin Santiago De Cuba

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Average rating 3.0 stars from 3 reviews

Address Punta Gorda
Santiago De Cuba

Phone(53 22) 69 1446

After hours contact

Facility type

Marina - YES
Club - NO
Fuel - YES
Repair - NO
Municipal - NO
Other - NO

VHF channel



Email contact

Owner, manager



Payments acceptedCredit cards - YES
Checks - YES

Payment info

Credit cards accepted apart from those issued by American Banks.

Payment discounts

Operation (seasonal or year-round)
Year round

Additional info:


Follow buoyage.





Tide & current additional info


Approach: Unknown
Transient dockage: Unknown
Fuel dock: Unknown

Other depth info:

Dock typesWood - NO
Concrete - YES
Floating - NO
Fixed - NO
T/Alongside - NO
Other - NO

Additional info: Plenty of fenders required.

Size restrictionsLOA max: Unknown
Beam max: Unknown

Other info:


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: $0.67/ft (2015-12-18)

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Transient: 0
Total: 0
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info: None

AC power30 amp - YES
50 amp - NO
100 amp - NO

Additional info:

Pricing info:

Cable TV (and pricing)


Phone hookup (and pricing)


Water (and pricing)


Dinghy access

Yes - Stern anchor required.

Liveaboard info


Fuel brand: Cuban

Gas priceUnknown

Other price info:

Diesel priceUnknown

Other price info:


Pets welcomeUnknown

Other pet info:

Disability access


Launch service


Pump out






Yes - Clean showers.





Yes - The chandlers only sell food, which is limited and drink items.





Yes - Open until around 6 pm.

Hotels or motels


Repair capabilities


Haul out capabilities


Storage facilities


Fishing supplies


Chartering capabilities


Internet access

No - One or two internet shops in town (10 km).

Boat ramp availability



Yes - Taxi service into town (10 km) approximately USD 7 or public bus approximately US 5 cents.

Other services


Reviews for Marina Marlin Santiago De Cuba
A different World, 2013-09-01
Captain: , Sydney, Australia (90)

Dont expect a top notch marina here but that is all part of the adventure.
There is only one place to stop - the "Marina". The marina is not quite where Nigel Calder shows it as now they are using an old Hotel to the east but you cant miss it, it is big and white with blue trim. There is a duty manager 24/7 and they lock the gates at night and no locals are allowed in except some staff so it is secure. Anchoring was only allowed when there was no space at the wharf. At one time we had 6 on the wharf and two anchored but only for one night. Cost is $0.45 CUC per foot including water and power (only one boat used it). As we crossed their vision entering the harbour the Marina called us in very good english but you could call ahead once you can see up the harbour. It is forbidden to ride around in your dinghy though they couldnt tell me why. There were no restrictions on our movements though. Marina wharf was a concrete pier. in fair condition always level with our decks (less than a foot range) and it was all newly painted after repairs post Sandy. Blue on the sides, red at the bollards, green on top and black bollards of which there were plenty. We saw 2.4m at the innermost berth. Side-to mooring no problems fendering.
All the officials are resident in the marina and come to the boat. Customs charges $20 CUC and all the others you pay at the marina so Visas are $15 each for one month, Vet is $5 Checkin is $10, Cruising Permit is $15 so $80 plus $0.45 per foot (17.55 per day for us at 39 ft). They wanted to see all our food and were pleased to see Clare had wrapped it all and no bugs or flies. Nothing was confiscated. We had chicken, eggs, vegetables and fruit. Nobody checked the safety items. Another boat had their VHF and mobiles confiscated for the duration of their stay. Did not happen to anybody else though. We did not get departure papers from Bahamas - they were a bit puzzled and asked me several times to be sure. They dropped the subject though. I just kept saying they do not give exit papers in the Bahamas.
Showers are cold. womens toilets had paper, mens had no seats. Water is by tanker to a local head tank so when some boats used all the water we ran out and were waiting for the tanker truck to arrive as we departed.
We got orange spots on the boat from the nearby cement works. Look awful on deck but they have a toilet cleaner (acidic) that they sold us for $3.85 for a L worked so well we bought a second bottle.
Diesel by your jerry jug at @1.20 per L
Taxi to town can be organised at $10 each way through the marina but we got $12 return daytime and $15 return at night from the guys outside - ask for Pedro and Rosa's son (he has a Cuban flag shaved into his haircut). Rosa does washing (green house immediately behind Marina building just walk over, they speak some english and will see you coming through the gaps in the walls!)
Banks give good rates to Canadian dollars, GBP, Euro but not USD. 1 USD = 0.87 CUC at the bank but I saw 1 =1 on a visa card ATM cash advance by another Australian. Two currencies but I'm sure you have read about that - be very careful which they are asking for. All food stalls were in Pesos. There are ATMs at the bank in the Cathedral square. If you want pesos the bank will not give you these but Govt. money changers will. Ask marina for directions.

Remote, Tired and Dirty Air, 2013-05-03
Captain: , Toronto (755)

If you come here, be prepared to buy a few bottles of the pink toilet bowl cleaner sold in the Marina store. Each morning your boat will be covered with small brown spots that can only be removed with the afore mentioned toilet bowl cleaner.

The docks are very tired and only 1 of two arms are useable. The power is Ok but the water is marginal in quality with very little pressure and flow. Washing your boat, while permittd, is not possible unless you are prepared to fill buckets and rinse sparingly.

Anchoring in the cove just south of the marina is permitted and is a good alternative. Holding is excellent in clay, but there are wakes from the Cayo Granma ferry that passes by several times a day. The ferry does not operate at night.

The marina is a long way from town and public transit is available but requires patience as the service to the marina is intermittent. More regular transit service can be had approximately 1 mile from the marina if one is prepared for a moderately strenuous up hill walk.

An alternative is to negotiate a return trip cab ride into town. If negotiations are made in advance a return trip in a taxi is $10cuc, otherwise the standard fare is $10 cuc each way.

Provisioning in Santiago di Cuba is possible, although the selection and quality is not as good as it is in other Cuban ports. The one exception is for the local Santiago di Cuba brand rum which is excellent.

Be prepared to fend off the con men and hustlers that will descend upon you like locusts. Touts can be found in any tourist destination, but those in Santiago are especially aggressive.

Great Place but Dirty Air, 2012-04-13
Captain: , Travemuende (830)

This is one of the best marinas we have visited in Cuba. Contact the marina when approaching at about 12 NM (if they don't contact you first). International clearance possible here. Many friendly officials will come aboard so you should go along side dock. It is only possible to anchor next to the marina but you must pay (US 15cent/ft). Depths vary quickly from 15m to 2m. Take care to get the anchor set. The refinery close by, pumps out smoke which will leave oxide stains on your nice white deck and the crude on the water will help protect your antifouling !
20 minute taxi/bus ride to town where you can buy veg, meat and limited provisions. You cannot use dinghy.

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