When we leave the cane sugar plantations of Jamaica behind us, we set sail for Santiago de Cuba. Behind us, the mangroves, the palms and the sharply pointed peaks of the Blue Mountains slowly disappear into the hazy distance. The bright blue sea is sparkling lazily in the sun. We sail through the night, and when it becomes light, the serrated edge of the Sierra Maestra can be seen vaguely under the peach-pink sky. Cuba! The bay of Santiago is not easy to spot. It is a narrow entrance in a steep coast. But once you see the imposing El Morro fortress, you know you’re on course. If possible, we also buy a limited amount of Cuban cigars here.
From Cuba we will set sail for Bermuda. A small piece of England in the middle of the ocean. Sailing is great here and life is relatively expensive, compared to what we are used to. It is best to rent a scooter here and we explore the whole island in one afternoon. Well worth it!