Gardens of the King, Cuba

 

Overview

Location:

Jardines del Rey (Garden of the King) Archipelago lies off the northern coast of Cuba.

Target Fish: 

Permit, Bonefish (large ones), Tarpon, Jack Crevalle, Barracudas, Mutton Snapper, Snook and more

Time of Year: 

All Year

March sees the larger migratory Tarpon

Lodge Capacity: 

14 anglers a week maximum

Nearest Large Airport: 

Jose Marti International Airport, Havana

Documents Required: 

Passport (must be valid for at least six (6) months beyond the duration of your travel). A visa is required for travelers from most countries

 

Jardines del Rey (Garden of the King) Archipelago lies just off the northern coast of Cuba. Some of its cays are larger than some countries of the world and make it one of the awesome fishing destinations in the Cuban Caribbean. The north portion of this archipelago is surrounded by a coral wall 248 miles long, the second largest barrier reef in the world. There are canals among the cays and islets where large Tarpon travel through. This area had been known as the Tarpon Paradise of the North Coast of Cuba, a world class destination for Tarpon on the fly. It is an excellent and privileged area of marine life.

Fishing Gardens of the King is characterized by migratory tarpon fishing from March to August. While big tarpon swagger in the flats other species of trophy fish abound including bonefish, ´cudas and jacks.

Fishing Program

The climate is warmer than in the Bahamas with an average temperature of 75 degrees F in January. These fair weather conditions during the mid-winter months are very good for fly fishing the GOK. August, with an average temperature of 83 degrees F, is the hottest month in Cuba. There is invariably a pleasant sea breeze but, occasionally, stronger winds can occur. The fishing season runs from November until August, thus avoiding the hurricane period during September and October.  The beginning of the season from November to January is very good This is a really nice time to plan a trip to Cayo Largo, as the weather is much warmer in Cuba than in Europe or Northern America.

 Peak fishing season is from February to June, when all species are present in the area. Tarpon, bones, permit and jacks are encountered during these months. The migratory tarpon, up to 80-100lbs (average 15-30lbs), are regularly spotted and shots at permit are very frequent. Our peak season is the best time to try the Gland Slam. Numerous Grand Slams are achieved each season as well as a few Super Grand Slams (Tarpon, Bonefish, Permit and Snook).  In the late part of the season, the weather gets hot but the fishing is still very productive, especially for tarpon and permit. Fishing for bonefish is also very good in the morning and in the evening. Statistics indicate a very surprising summer phenomenon - that the same number of fish are caught during the hot months as in the peak season but by half the number of rods. This illustrates how fabulously productive the summer months can be for anglers.

70 hp engine on new Dolphin Super skiff is used to shuttle you between the best fishing locations in the GOK. Fish are seen rolling in schools and the skiff position themselves ahead for intercepting casts. There are also wide flat areas 3 – 6 feet deep where fish are fairly easy to spot in the crystal-clear waters. Bonefish lay in huge areas of flats and mangrove vegetation by boat or wading. The region abounds n Permit in deeper waters called floaters weighting up to 40 pounds.

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Seasons

Resident Tarpon are present all year long, and range in size from 10- 80 pounds. Beginning in March, Garden of the King begins to see the larger migratory Tarpon and the fish continue to be present through August. These fish can exceed 150 pounds, and are a true test of a fly angler’s skills.

Accommodations

Iberostar Selection Ensenachos Resort has lush, well kept grounds and two stunning beaches. The staff is some of the best in the Caribbean. The “Park” side of the resort is family friendly and the “Spa” side is adults only. Both have swim up bars and share the buffet in the main building and the a la carte restaurants on site. Unless you are traveling with family we typically book anglers in either a Spa Suite or Grand Village section of the resort. The resort’s spa is fantastic after a long day on the water.

Getting There

Following your arrival in Havana, a shuttle will leave your hotel in the morning for a 5-hour ride to the island. Most guests depart the following Sunday for Havana or chose to fish one of our other Cuba destination. Live Aboard one of our Yachts off the southern shore of Cuba provides exceptional fishing opportunities also.

Rates

Rates 2020 – 2021 Season

Prices include 1 skiff / Guide / 2 person. Maximum 4 skiffs or 8 anglers. Week Starting Saturday and ending the following Saturday

Low Season: August 1, 2020 – February 20, 2021 $3,640 per angler

Non-Angler $1,980

Mid-Season: February 20, 2021 – March 27, 2021; July 3 – July 31, 2021 $4,460 per angler

Non-Angler: $1,980

High Season: March 27, 2021 – July 3, 2021

$5,320 per angler

Non-Angler: $1,980

Prices are in USD and subject to change prior to booking. Ask for a quote.

Full Program Rates Include:

Reception in Habana or Santa Clara Airport

Transfer Santa Clara – Santa Maria or Habana – Santa Maria (both ways)

7 nights Iberostar Ensenachos, All Inclusive 5-Star Resort, Spa Suite DBL Room, all meals and beverage.

6 full days fly fishing, sharing a skiff

Box lunch and beverages while fly fishing on skiff.

Full Program Rates Do Not Include:

VIP Service in Habana or Santa Clara Airport

Additional nights apart from Iberostar Resort

Tips and Cuban Visa

Fishing Gear

Supplements:

Single fishing skiff $4,000

Single Room Upgrade $500 per person

Grand Villa Resort Upgrade $400 per person (upgrade to DBL Grand Villa Room)

Transfer from Habana for groups of 1-4 anglers $250 per person


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