Jardines de la Reina, Cuba

 

Overview

Location:

Jardines de la Reina, Cuba

Target Fish: 

Bonefish, Permit, Tarpon, Snook, Jacks, Snapper, Barracuda and more

Time of Year: 

Mid-October - end of August

Boat Capacity: 

Dependent on Fleet Assignment at the time of your booking. Vessels may rotate during the season. Avalon I - 12 angers, Avalon II - 16 angers, Avalon III - 30 angers, La Tortuga - 14 anglers, Perola - 6 anglers, is used at Isla de la Juventud

Nearest Large Airport: 

Jose Marti International Airport, Havana, Cuba. 

Documents Required: 

Passport (valid for at least six (6) months beyond the duration of your stay) Citizens of most countries are also required to have Visas

 

Jardines de la Reina is a vast marine park larger in size than the Florida Keys. It is located about 60 miles off Cuba’s south central coast and is comprised of hundreds, if not thousands of mangrove islands and thousands of acres of fishable flats. It’s ideal for fly fishers who wish to experience fishing from dawn till dusk. More fishing hours are offered here than anywhere. This is because you will be on a live-aboard luxury yacht, The Avalon I or II or even the moored hotel, Tortuga! Here you will cast for everything - Tarpon of all sizes, Permit, bones, Jacks, Barracuda - you name it.

Think about a place where you can fish more than 100 miles of flats without seeing other fishing parties. The Cuban Fishing Center has exclusive rights to these waters and the skiffs are limited to 16 a day! Fishers have been known to catch seven species in one day, a place where big bonefish run toward your fly. This is a place where you have a legitimate chance for a Grand Slam every day of the year, and a place where you can wade miles of white-sand flats in your bare feet. 

Fly fishing in Cuba is far different from other destinations in the Caribbean. Only in recent years has this flats fishery been developed, and you are fishing waters that have not seen sport fishing for nearly fifty years. Cuba has given these pristine areas protection as Cuban National Marine Parks, where no commercial fishing is allowed other than for lobster. 

This is truly an exciting destination for Wild On The Fly Adventure Travel to represent! Four of our staff, along with twenty-nine guests have already experienced the Jardines in 2016 and we can not wait to go back!

Let Wild On The Fly send you to Cuba! If you prefer going with an experienced travel pro, please join us on one of our hosted trips in 2017! Give us a call, let’s go to Cuba now!

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Fishing Program

Fishing hours are totally at the discretion of the clients. Our fishing day normally begins with breakfast at 7:00 am, and guides are ready to go fishing from 7: 45 am on. Many anglers elect to return to the yacht for a nice lunch especially during the summer season. Some of the flats are within fifteen minutes of the boat, and it is always nice to take a lunch break in the shade and relax a bit before fishing a long afternoon.

On other days when you will want to explore more distant flats that see little fishing pressure, you need to request box lunches for yourself and your guide the evening before. You can run as far as you like with guides to the most distant flats in the island system, as there is no limitation on gas used each day. Clients can fish late into the evening if they like. In the Jardines, it is common to have stronger wind in the mornings but then later in the afternoon it will often be calm making for superb late afternoon and evening fishing, especially for bonefish. A normal week includes five full days of fishing and one to two half days depending on your schedule and mode of transportation to Jucaro, port for the Jardines de la Reina archipelago.

Seasons

In Jardines de la Reina, the season is year round, except for September to mid-October when staff takes a well-earned break.

FLEET

Avalon I

The 110-foot live aboard yacht has exceptional cruising capabilities . There are 10 rooms; 2 convertible queen size cabins featuring side by side beds and 8 deluxe state-rooms each with single side by side beds...

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Each room is equipped with its own private bathroom, toilet, shower and individual climate controls and safe. The yacht has an air conditioned lounge featuring a large screen TV and DVD system. The lounge is equipped with a complete digital and photo editing computer for use during your stay onboard. The shaded upper sun deck and cushioned chairs and couches are ready for afternoon siestas and cups of morning coffee. Avalon I is also equipped with a jacuzzi, a perfect place to enjoy a mojito after a long day of fishing with friends. The food onboard is a wonderful selection of Cuban cuisine, grilled fresh seafood and vegetables along with many international delights. The chef is well versed in many different styles and will amaze you during your stay aboard. In addition, there is a full bar with a selection of Cuban beers and rum, international wines and a variety of spirits. The attentive crew will be there to take care of our every need and make sure you have an awesome time.


Avalon II

Avalon II is a fairly new state-of-the-art yacht, larger than its sister ship Avalon I with 10 deluxe state rooms. The vessel is air conditioned with 10 private bathrooms...

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Each room includes electrical plugs (220 and 100 volts) storage drawers, panoramic windows for breathtaking views of the Caribbean beaches. This live-aboard is intimate, comfortable and stylishly designed to provide each guest with maximum comfort and safety. Its overall capacity is 20 passengers and 9 crew members. There is a spacious and comfortable combination lounge, dining room and bar area on the boat deck complete with a hot tub (jacuzzi) deck chairs, stereo, shaded wet bar and grill. This vessel has everything a live aboard is expected to have and more. The big salon is located on the main deck and is a cozy space where everyone can gather to enjoy the TV/media system. On the upper deck you will find the galley along with a restaurant-like dinning room. The boat features a sizable lower prep deck with plenty of space to rig your rods and get ready for a day of fishing.

2 Balcony Suite (Cabin 11 and 12) Located on the main deck, each cabin comes with 2 large single beds side by side that can be made into a king bed, private bathroom and sliding glass doors to private balcony.

2 Deluxe Cabins (Cabin 1 and 2) Located on the lower deck; each cabin comes with 2 twin beds side by side, private bathroom. These two cabins are larger than other deluxe cabins but there is no porthole or window.

2 Deluxe Cabins (Cabin 3 and 4) Located on the lower deck, each cain comes with two twin beds, private bathroom and portholes.

6 Deluxe Cabins (Cabin 5 - 10) Located on the lower deck, each cabin comes with two twin beds that can be converted into a king bed, private bathroom and portholes.


Avalon III

Avalon III is the most spectacular cruising yacht in the Avalon fleet. The 160 foot luxury motor yacht is equipped with 15 staterooms including 4 suites with a balcony...

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All cabins have private bathrooms and 2 beds (double or witn(, air-conditioned with individual thermostats. The boat has an overall capacity of 30 passengers and 12 crew members. There is significant space onboard among its 3 panoramic decks with a hot tub and full time crew at your service. The Yacht boasts a large air-conditioned lounge, large open-air areas, top open bar, huge dive deck and camera tables, laundry service, daily housekeeping, audio/video entertainment, indoor saloon, hot showers, 220 v in bar and restaurant, USB in bar, restaurant and rooms, snacks al day, fine cuisine. .


Avalon IV (NT)

This luxury yacht is the newest in the Avalon fleet. This amazing 180 foot vessel is permanently moored in the Jardines de la Reina (JDR) and features 20 staterooms, a spacious lounge, a modern dining room and sun deck.

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Each room has its own air conditioned thermostat ample storage space and convertible double beds. Avalon IV is the perfect base of operations for your week of fly fishing, diving, eco adventuring and views of the pristine waters of the JDR. The helm deck includes four suites with balconies, jacuzzi, sun deck with incredible views. The upper deck includes 8 double rooms with private bathrooms and well as an awesome dinning area and rear patio. The main deck includes another 8 double rooms, a comfortable lounge area with large couches and areas to relax. The main deck features a massive rear deck and platform to keep all of your gear organized and access easy. This is an incredibly powerful vessel for your personal enjoyment.


Perola

The Perola ia a beautiful yacht, recently refurbished and perfect for a group of six anglers. There are five very comfortable air-conditioned cabins below deck, most having their own private bath with good showers and plenty of hot water.

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Anglers will appreciate the large amount of storage space available in each room. This impressive yacht has highly polished hardwood floors and teak paneling. Circular stairways take you downstairs to the cabins or upstairs to the dining area on the top open-air deck. The top deck is covered and remains in the shade but open to the sea breeze. Several comfortable rope hammocks are available for afternoon naps in the breeze. A full sized air-conditioned salon on the main deck can be utilized for a living and dining area in harsh weather. Fly tiers will like the full size salon table with its plush couches and adult beverage after a long day on the flats. Cuisine on board the Perola is exceptional. Fresh fish of the day is prepared for most meals. Lobster and conch are abundant and can be had on a daily basis from the surrounding waters. Salads and fresh vegetables and a variety of fruits are always available. In addition, excellent pork and chicken entrees are served with fresh sashimi for appetizers and outstanding frozen Daiquiris. Traditional Cuban flan topped off with aged Havana Club Rum is one of the many unique and delicious deserts served.


New Tortuga

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Georgiana

This luxury 100 foot yacht is exceptional boasting comfortable cabins, private bathroom used for weekly trips inside the Marine Park of Zapata Peninsula.

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Cuisine on the Georiana is gourmet but simple. Fresh fish of the day is prepared for most meals, salads with fresh vegetables and a variety of fruits. In addition, excellent pork and chicken entrees are served during your stay with fresh sashimi and Italian style pizza for appetizers along with frozen Daiquiris, Cuba Libre and Mojitos to make your afternoons and nights an enjoyable culinary experience. Zapata area will be your base for the week aboard this vessel allowing plenty of time and best day schedule to fish the tides. There is no reason to leave the flats during the week. Your fishing options are based on the species of fish you are targeting. The guides will focus on zones and skiff rotation. This will insure you the best access for areas of the area’s fishing zones. For low water flats yo will be fishing from flat bottom single skiff to access the best areas for bonefish and permit. With the dolphin double skiff you can fish the best waters for tarpon and travel into deeper water further away from the Georgiana.

Getting There

Guests fly into Havana's Jose Marti International Airport (HAV) and you can fly in and arrive from just about any place in the world. There are numerous daily flights in and out of Havana from Mexico, Canada, the Bahamas, Jamaica, Italy, and numerous other countries. Beginning in late 2016 US airlines will begin direct flights to Havana. Many guests choose to fly to Havana from Mexico City, which is a quick and easy trip. You will clear immigration and customs in Havana before heading to the main reception area of the airport. An Avalon representative will meet you and accompany you, via taxi, to your hotel in downtown Havana (cab fare is not included in the package price). The next morning you will board a bus and depart for Jucaro (about a 6 hour ride). At Jucaro you’ll board Avalon I, Avalon II or The Tortuga and take a beautiful boat ride (about 3 hours) to Jardines de la Reina.

Rates

2020 Season

Avalon I- $5,050 per person for a 7 night/6 day package (based on group of 10 anglers)

Avalon II- $4,767-$6,850 for a 7 night/6 day package (based on a group of 12 anglers)

Perola- $4,000-$6,800 per person for a 7 night/6 day package (based on a group of 6 anglers)

La Tortuga- $3,990-$6,300 per person for a 7 night/6 day package

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



Mandatory supplements:
- Open bar fee: $200 per person / week
- Conservation fee per angler: $100

Optional supplements (which must be confirmed and paid 60 days before the arrival to Cuba):
- Fishing equipment rental: $280 per rod per week, includes rod, reel and lines.
- Diving equipment rental: $250 for full set of diving gear per week.

Not Included:

  • International Flights

  • VIP service on arrival in Havana Airport

  • Camaguey (or Santa Clara) airport / Jucaro transfer: $50 per person each way. Habana / Jucaro 1 way $100 per person.

  • Hotels in Havana or other cities

  • Guide / Staff tips, personal expense; and drinks other than stated above.

  • Transfer on arrival and departure, Airport - Hotel 

* Prices are in USD and subject to change prior to booking. Ask us for additional details and a quote


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