SWIMMING, TOURS, & COMPETITION

Cuba: the no longer forbidden fruit of the Caribbean! As of July 20, 2015, the freedom to travel to this colorful landscape has returned to us amid new diplomacy, so we were proud to lead the first swim trip to the island, as we are invited by the Cuban Swim Federation to participate in a series of open water competitions. And we had such a good time, we're coming back!

During our week there, we'll discover iconic Old Havana and sample Cuban culture and food as well as participate in daily swim clinics. We are invited by the Cuban Swimming Federation to participate in a series of competitive swims in the open water and see their professional swimmers and water players at their best. Participation in the competition is optional but don't miss out on the opportunity to compete in Cuba!

SWIMMING IN CUBA

Enjoy daily swimming of 1-5km in the Caribbean and the big competition finale.
Leave the wetsuit at home - you won't need it in tropical water.

Lodging at Hotel Copacabana in Havana (included in your registration fee) features a "sea pool" in addition to a regular pool!

DETAILS

Pricing is from our April 2017 trip and is subject to change.

  • $1775 refundable deposit to secure your spot (non-refundable beginning March 1, 2017 12:00am PST)
  • $3550 final price, including a shared/double room
  • $3745 final price, including a private/single room

INCLUDED

  • Transportation from José Martí International Airport to the resort and back on last day
  • 8 nights lodging in Havana and Varadero
  • Round trip airfare between Miami-Havana
  • 2 coaches
  • Daily tours & swimming
  • Visa & documentation fees and processing
  • Medical insurance
  • Trip swag & Water World Swim International Membership for life

NOT INCLUDED

  • Travel insurance (strongly recommended)
  • Airfare to and from Miami (Miami-Havana included)
  • Anything not specified
  • Credit card usage fees

Due to changing diplomatic relations and Cuba's changing economy, all information presented on this page subject to change.

What is Water World Swim International Membership?
An amazing thing to have, that's what! By completing an international swim with us (or, by coming from abroad to complete a swim in the San Francisco bay with us), you are automatically a WWS International Member. This privilege grants you 15% off any swim or trip with us and your swimmer profile on our website where we will store your times and achievements for all to see!

What if I am already a regular WWS member? If you have both regular and international memberships, you'll enjoy the international benefits with the regular membership benefits, like 30% off Monthly Alcatraz and most annual events, and free Swim With Pedro. The discounts cannot be combined.

EXPLORE UNFORGETTABLE HAVANA

But with amazing tours, bring along friends & family! Non-swimmers will also have a blast.
From colorful architecture to retro cars, Cuba's character will fill you with amor!

ITINERARY FROM OUR APRIL 2017 TRIP

April 17 Monday: El Morro

  • Welcome Airport.
  • Transfer and lodging at Copacabana hotel (6 nights)
  • Briefing Event (Organization, and/or possible changes)
    • Swimming Training Natural Pool (Clinic).
    • Dinner, Paladar San Cristóbal (Visited Michel Obama).
  • Visit Morro-Cabaña (Cannon Shot Ceremony at 9 pm)
  • Briefing, and to rest time hotel.

April 18 Tuesday: Old Havana

  • Breakfast (hotel).
  • Open Water Swimming (Area Copacabana Hotel, Miramar)
  • Visit Old Havana, and Lunch (Private restaurant) Dona Eutimia.
    • Swimming Training Natural Pool (Clinic 1 hour)
  • Dinner (private restaurant) Paladar Rio Mar
  • Briefing, and to rest time hotel.

April 19 Wednesday: Santa Maria del Mar Beach, East La Havana.

  • Breakfast (hotel).
  • Open Water Swimming (Santa Maria del Mar, East La Havana).
  • Visit Castillo del Morro and lunch Restaurant Divina Pastora.
    • Swimming Training Natural Pool (Clinic 1 hour)
  • Dinner (private restaurant) Paladar Café Laurent.
  • Visit National Hotel / Bohemian Gato Tuerto night club / walk to malecon avenue.
  • Briefing, to rest time hotel.

April 20 Thursday: City Tour La Havana

  • Swimming Training Natural Pool or Marcelo Salado Pool (Clinic 1 hour)
  • Breakfast (hotel).
  • Open Water Swim (Marina Hemingway, Playa)
  • Lunch Restaurant VIP Vedado (Calle 9 entre E y F, buena aceptación grupo anterior)
  • Old car city tour (modern & old Havana), final stop artisan market San Jose.
    • Swimming Training Natural Pool (Clinic 1 hour)
    • Restaurant La Bonita (7ma No. 3602 y 36 Miramar, buena aceptación grupo anterior)
  • Briefing and rest time hotel.

April 21 Friday: Walking La Havana

  • Breakfast (hotel).
  • Open Water Swimming (Playa Tarara)
  • Visit Fabrica Tabacos Partagas / To Walk El Vedado (Universidad Havana, Coopelia, Jardines National Hotel, La Torre, Focsa)
  • Lunch (Private restaurant) Paladar Mediterraneo Havana.
    • Swimming Training Natural Pool with Cuban Swimmers (Clinic 1 hour)
  • Dinner (private restaurant) El Cocinero.
  • Fabrica de Arte
  • Briefing and to rest time hotel. 

April 22 Saturday: Swimming Varadero Beach Team

  • Bright Early breakfast (finish at 7:30 am)
  • Transfer to Matanzas - Varadero Beach.
  • Stop Bacunayagua Bridge (quickly snack, and panoramic view)
  • Swimming Training: Club Cocodrilo del Tenis, Bahia Matanzas (Rogelio club coach, and WWS Califiornia coaches, and Cuban Swimming Federation coach)
  • Transfer to Varadero Beach, check in and accommodation in Memories Varadero Hotel (all Inclusive) 1 night.
  • Lunch at the hotel.
  • Briefing and to rest time hotel.

April 23 Sunday: Open Water Swim Competition (Varadero)

  • Bright Early breakfast (hotel).
  • Medical check, registration, and marking.
  • Competition (Open Water Swim 3K-5K, Varadero Beach).
  • Final ceremony competition (party with Cuban swimmers).
  • Lunch at the hotel, or Varadero restaurant…??
  • Transfer to La Havana. Accommodation hotel Copacabana Bed and Breakfast.
  • Dinner L’Atelier Paladar and free time to celebrate. 

April 24 Monday: Depart / See you next year!

  • Bright early breakfast at hotel
  • Transfer to International Airport.
  • Flight Back to USA.

HOW WE CAN TRAVEL TO CUBA

Diplomatic relations are now normalizing, and the US Embassy has reopened! Nearly everything regarding travel to Cuba has changed. We are able to go as a group for the purpose of cultural exchange/sport, sharing our love of swimming with Cuban swimmers.

For our first trip and now our second, we have an official invite from the Cuban Swimming Federation to participate in competition. All travelers must have this invite in order to get their visa and get through passport control, as it gives us permission to visit as a part of a sporting group. We'll give you a copy of the one relevant to your trip before you go (this is from an older trip and is not applicable to current ones).

Keeping our trips eco-friendly
Water World Swim respects the natural environment. Leave nothing but footprints; take nothing but photos! We are committed to social and environmental responsibility and practices that minimize our presence and impact to sea life and the natural habitat.

MARINE LIFE & SAFETY

Marine Life Disclaimer
Swimming off Cuba is an amazing experience, but you need to be aware of potential challenges. We will minimize potential challenges and will brief you on how to responsibly interact with marine life. Our escort boats are equipped to treat the most common minor issues. However, it is your responsibility to contact us prior to booking if you suffer from Anaphylaxis or other medical conditions and allergies. You should seek medical attention if you develop any infection following contact with the above. We recommend that you purchase Travel Insurance.

Disclaimer
The safety of our swimmers, and environmental responsibility are the two priorities for Water World Swim. For safety reasons we rely on decent weather conditions during all swim crossings. Open water swimming requires an inherent degree of flexibility. The planned itinerary may change. This adds to the uniqueness of each tour!

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