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Can You See Jamaica from Cuba?

Answered by Tracie Shortridge, Associate Writer

The islands of Cuba and Jamaica are not only located in the same region but we are practically next door neighbours!

Cuba is located approximately 381 kilometres north of Jamaica in air travel time. On average, a straight flight to Cuba from Jamaica takes a duration of one hour.

Flying from Kingston, the closest Cuban city to Jamaica is Santiago de Cuba which is located approximately 262 kilometres northwest.

Cuba is by far many times larger than Jamaica. One could conclude that the entire island of Jamaica could get lost in just one city of Cuba. That is indeed quite a visual of the imagination that would make an interesting event.

However, the land structure of Cuba is defined by flat and rolling plains with a few mountains starting from 2,000 feet high and one mountain reaching a maximum height of 6,000 feet high, named Pico Turquino.

Though lush and tropical like a vast amount of Caribbean Islands, Jamaica has been blessed with hills and valleys spanning across much of the island which allows it the privilege of beautiful nature-filled views of not only the island’s beauty but also the Caribbean Sea and beyond.
Beyond… hmmm

Let’s dissect “beyond”.

In every parish of Jamaica, prime Real Estate goes based on the views of the ocean. And, the highest point in Jamaica is the mountain range of the Blue Mountain, home of Blue Mountain Coffee.

The Blue Mountain is the longest and highest mountain range in Jamaica stretching across two parishes, Portland and St. Thomas and boasting an elaborate height of 7,500 feet above sea level.

On a clear day, even midway up the Blue Mountain, we are able to see the outline of Cuba with the naked eyes, yup.

And, with a pair of binoculars, the visuals of Cuba are amazingly clear to the point where we are able to see the land, boundaries, flora, fauna and even the back yards of the inhabitants.

Why are we talking about Jamaica’s view of Cuba? Here is why. With the visibility from Jamaica, one can safely say that persons in Cuba can do just the same right? Tit for tat?

Actually, no they can’t!

Based on the shape and flat terrains of Cuba combined with the much smaller size of Jamaica in comparison, they would not be able to see Jamaica from their location as in order to even get a peripheral view using binoculars, there has to be an elevated platform on which to stand.

This is not available in Cuba.

The only view that someone in Cuba would be able to see of Jamaica would be via the air flying directly over or straight to Jamaica.

Let’s just say, our neighbour’s view of our back yard is not as clear as our view of theirs!

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Jan 19, 2020
Seeing Jamaica fron Cuba
by: Anonymous

According to Cuban geographer Antonio Núñez Jiménrz, it is possible to see Jamaica from Cuba, from a place in Sierra Maestra, the highest range of mountains in Cuba. The information appears in Jiménez' book Archipiélago Cubano (Cuban Archipelago).

Apr 20, 2019
by: Anonymous

AmazingViews Hills blue mountains etc. did not see Cuba I definitely was looking in the wrong way should have googled first before going to Saint Thomas and Jamaican I had such a wonderful time go to the boiling Springs in the mountains

Apr 20, 2018
Beautiful Sight
by: Beatriz

Hello Wellesley,
I love that article you post. I am from Cuba and I can see Jamaica from Santiago.

Believe me, it's a beautiful sight.

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