Jan 14

A Cuban Christmas

by Nicky in Adventures, Cuba

We had wonderful whirlwind experience of Santiago de Cuba, the musical capital of Cuba. As we sailed into the harbour in Santiago we passed the majestic huge fort of the hillside, quite a sight as you enter in at first light. The city was a big frenetic city with lots of people, a melting pot of different cultures, afro-cuban music and great vibe.

We decided to retreat to the tiny beautiful Chivrico (about 30miles from Santiago) for Christmas. What a perfect amazing spot (I could have spent weeks there!). A little hairy entrance as we negotiated coral reefs on either side of a very narrow and windy channel that took us into a tiny protected lagoon. The tiny town is magical, set on the beautiful beach, with a central park and a small village centre.

We celebrated Christmas eve in a traditional Cuba way at a tiny local restaurant on the beach with a BIG pig on the spit (No one talks of eating pork here, you eat pig…say it as it is:). We arrived at 6pm and drank Cuba Libras until the piggie was finally ready just before midnight.

Christmas day was a real blessing in Chivrico. After feeling quite homesick and thinking of all the family celebrations at home, we made our way into the small town and were approached by a lovely elderly man who asked us if we celebrated Christmas and invited us to visit his church. We weren’t sure what to expect but decided to take up the invite and visited his tiny church service in a little house. We were warmly welcomed by the church community and prayed for and felt very loved on Christmas day – a wonderful Cuban Christmas experience.


Our Christmas pressie was as we left Chirvro to set our for our long sail to the islands, a family of dolphins joined us and played in our bow wake as the sun went down…this is what cruising is all about!

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7 Responses to “A Cuban Christmas”

  1. From DH:

    It sounds like you had a blessed Christmas!

    Posted on 16. Jan, 2011 at 4:11 pm #
  2. From saartjie:

    Heavenly! The farewell party was grand and now we’re nearly two weeks away. Woop! Woop! Keep tantalising us with the amazing sights and stories from Cuba :)

    Posted on 17. Jan, 2011 at 3:16 pm #
    • From Adrian:

      Awesome! Enjoy the prep! We are ready for some mecican tequila arrival parties this side! Hurry up now…

      Posted on 21. Jan, 2011 at 12:58 am #
  3. From Taryn:

    Hey guys, so glad to see that you having an amazing time. Cuba is obviously the place to be some of my JHb mates were there just before Christmas. Your trips look awesome. thinking of you guys. Lol Taz

    Posted on 21. Jan, 2011 at 8:36 pm #
    • From Adrian:

      Wow a comment from the new Mrs Cairns!! Congrats!

      Posted on 30. Jan, 2011 at 1:24 am #
  4. From vanessa:

    Travelling is just the most amazing thing, and mostly it is those moments that you meet that person that touches you and makes you realise that humanity still exists and is still alive out there, that make it all the more special!!!

    Posted on 22. Jan, 2011 at 4:30 pm #
    • From saartjie:

      This is very deep.

      Posted on 23. Jan, 2011 at 10:26 am #

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