New Offers at Jardines del Rey Resort

Ciego de Avila, Cuba Dec 1 (Prensa Latina) The Night Sea excursion is one of the latest offers of the Marlin Nauticas and Marinas company at the Jardines del Rey tourist destination for the high season, December to April.

The excursion is a evening sail in a catamaran around Cayo Guillermo, an area of great beauty, with its rich and abundant marine flora and fauna.

Just three miles from the coast is the Old Channel of the Bahamas, a natural route of marine species bordering the coral reef considered the second largest on the planet.

Another new offer is the opening of a nautical club in Playa Pilar, one of the most beautiful beach resorts in Cuba, with 15-meter high sand dunes.

Boat Adventure is yet another option, and includes a nautical tour aboard a yacht driven by the tourist himself through the labyrinth of natural channels that crisscross the mangrove swamps south of Cayo Guillermo.

Jose Luis Hernandez, director of the Jardines del Rey Marlin branch told Prensa Latina that other offers include rides on glass-bottom boats, catamarans, sailboats and snorkeling in the sea near the cays.

In Cayo Paredon Grande, where visitors may engage in fly fishing for abundant species such as the macabi, shad, pompano and others, and the best months for these nautical activities in Cuba are between January and April, Hernandez said.

The famous U.S. writer Ernest Hemmingway sailed along the northern seas of Cuba during World War II to fight German submarines.


60th Ernest Heminway International Billfishing Tournament

May 24 – 29 2010.

Following the tradition the great northamerican writer Ernest Hemingway represents, we will celebrate the 60th International Billfishing Tournament this year.

Marina Hemingway cordially invites you to fish the annual International Fishing Tournament taking for granted that you will live a different moment.


450.00 CUC per team from 1 to 3 anglers and 100.00 CUC per an additional angler. Registration fee includes free mooring if you come on your own boat, personal invitations for the Welcoming Cocktail, Closing Dinner and Awarding Ceremony for the teams.

The visa will be able to acquire it to the entrance to the Marina Hemingway, you can get it here, just advice using the VHF Channel 16.

If you rent own boat to the Marina Hemingway the prices include: captain and mate, fishing tackle for every angler, baits, fuel and snack.

Public prices range from 2 250.00 CUC.


First, second and third prize consisting on Medals for the Team and a Trophy.

Prize to the first capture.

Prize to the biggest dolphin.


May 24th: Registration and Captains’ Meeting

May 25th: First fishing day

May 26th: Second fishing day

May 27th: Lay day. Optional excursion (other persons can also participate in this excursion)

May 28th: Third fishing day

May 29th: Fourth fishing day. Award Ceremony and Farewell Party.

Tournament Rules and Regulations

Rules according to IGFA.

Teams up to 4 anglers.

Tag and Release method.

The line for the “Ernest Hemingway” Tournament is 50 pounds.

Only the Captain and one team representative will attend the Captain’s meeting.

Tag and Release reports or capture reports must be given to the Control Tower of our marina indicating the time, team number and location.

The Jury from the Cuban Sport Fishing Federation, will take irrevocable decisions regarding the validation of Tag and Release capture previously printed in the photographs. Complains due to violation of any of the items will be issued to the Jury into the next 2 hours at the end of each fishing day. If it is not done that way they will not be considered. At the end of each fishing day a report will be delivered to all boats so that any complain that may arise could be issued to the Jury into the next 24 hours.

Pictures and official cameras of the Tournament belong solely to the Jury.

A crew list will be needed at the Registration.


Reservations should be made at least one month before the starting day of the tournament.

The boats to rent are 33′, DC-8 and DC-9 and they have equipments to fish and 50 pound lines.

Public prices range from 2250.00 cuc.

Prices include: captain and mate, fishing tackle for every angler, baits, fuel and snack. If you are coming on your own boat you don´t need to bring visa because you can get it here, just advice using the VHF Channel 16.

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Cuba allows access to Hemingway papers

More than 3,000 documents from the late author’s home are available

HAVANA – Cuba on Monday began accepting requests for electronic access to more than 3,000 documents from Ernest Hemingway’s home on the island, including the unpublished epilogue of “For Whom the Bell Tolls” and coded messages the author sent when using his yacht to hunt for German submarines during World War II.

Unedited manuscripts, a screenplay for the “The Old Man and the Sea,” letters to the Nobel Laureate and insurance policies are among other papers at Finca Vigia, the hillside hideaway on the eastern outskirts of Havana where Hemingway lived from 1939 until 1960.

The 3,197 documents were scanned and organized electronically as part of a 2002 agreement between Cuban national heritage authorities and the New York-based Social Science Research Council, which also provided acid-free boxes and other storage materials to better protect the originals, said Ada Rosa Alfonso, director of the museum at Finca Vigia.

Alfonso said academics, researchers and others can petition the island’s heritage council to obtain electronic copies of specific documents. By lunchtime Monday, the museum was working on the first such petition, from a journalism professor in Spain seeking correspondence between Hemingway and Spanish author Jose Luis Castillo-Puche.

In an interview at the museum, whose name means “Lookout Farm,” Alfonso said about 1,000 more documents from Finca Vigia would be scanned and made available electronically upon request in two future phases, though she did not say when.

Alfonso said the collection does not include any newly discovered, previously unreleased literary works because the author’s widow, Mary Welsh, took most of those back to the United States following his suicide in 1961.

“If there are any new works that have not been published they are not in Cuba,” she said.

Sarah Doty, Cuba program coordinator for the Social Science Research Council, said authorities gave CDs and microfilm images of the Finca Vigia documents to the John F. Kennedy library in Boston, which will announce their arrival later this month. She said the council is “still working with Cuba as to who will be able to access the information.”

Maps, newspaper articles, letters
Finca Vigia plans to build a computer room where its roughly 50,000 annual visitors can view the documents, but Alfonso said work on that won’t begin for several years.

She said the collection includes coded messages Hemingway compiled when he used his fishing boat, El Pilar, to ply the waters north of Cuba during World War II, believing German U-boats were using the area to refuel.

There are keys to decode some of those messages, but museum officials have yet to decipher them.

“A lot of people ask, ‘What was Hemingway’s life in Cuba like?,'” Alfonso said. “This answers some of those questions.”

The collection also has maps, newspaper articles Hemingway clipped, receipts and carefully worded, diffident letters to Hemingway from his editors. The correspondence is one-sided since Hemingway’s replies were either mailed or taken out of Cuba by Welsh.

Alfonso said her museum used receipts from paint and building materials found at the home to determine what color they should make El Pilar as they worked to restore it.

Now displayed near the drained swimming pool outside Finca Vigia, the boat was painted dark brown.