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7-Day Mothership Fishing Trip near Los Jardines de la Reina, Cuba

Outfitter: Avalon Cuban Fishing Centers

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Seven day fishing trip aboard La Tortuga mothership near Los Jardines de la Reina, Cuba. Includes seven nights lodging aboard the La Tortuga and two nights lodging in Havana as well as all meals.

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Five full and two half days of fishing in Jardines de la Reina, Cuba. While you are our guest in Los Jardines de la Reina, accommodations are provided on our original 110-foot double deck houseboat, the Tortuga.

Itinerary

Unlike many lodges, fishing hours are totally at the discretion of the clients. Our fishing day normally begins with breakfast at 7:00am, and our guides are ready to go fishing from 7: 45am on. Many anglers elect to return to the Tortuga 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 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 our guides to the most distant flats in the island system, as we do not put any limitation on gas used each day. Guides will know to bring extra gas when they need it. Another bonus is that we allow our clients to 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.

Our fishing weeks on board the Tortuga run from Saturday to the following Friday. Our season in the Jardines de la Reina is from mid-October to end of August. 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. Clients board the yachts, Sol or Mares, for the trip to the Jardines de la Reina, where they will then board the Caballones.

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

Skiffs

We use Dolphin Super skiffs at all our Avalon flats fishing destinations. We set up our Super Skiffs with the client’s comfort in mind. There is a lot of storage space for your rods and all your gear is stowed in a forward hatch where it will remain dry and keep the boat uncluttered. We also utilize a removable aluminum "leaning post" on the bow that give clients a very secure and comfortable way to stand up and fish in the roughest of conditions. They also greatly minimize the fatigue of fishing all day, especially for older anglers. They are easily removable for anglers that prefer to fish without them. Coolers are provided with plenty of ice, drinks and a great lunch for a day on the flats.

We equip our Super Skiffs with Yamaha 60/70 HP motors, one of the finest and most reliable outboard motors in existence. They allow the Dolphins to cross vast distances with a minimum of time so that you can maximize your fishing time! And of course all our skiffs are equipped with poling platforms that allow the guides to pole the boat quietly and precisely, while giving them the best possible view of approaching fish so that they can put you in the best position to maximize every opportunity.

Radio and life-jacket are aboard every boat.

Highlights

  • • Five full and two half days of fishing in Jardines de la Reina, Cuba.
  • • Seven nights lodging aboard La Tortuga and two nights lodging in Havana included.
  • • Fish for tarpon, permit, bonefish, jacks, barracuda and more.
  • • All meals included while aboard La Tortuga.
  • • Fishing tackle, equipment, flies and all terminal tackle not provided.
  • •Jardines de la Reina is our only fishing destination where you can use spinning gear.
  • • Valid passport and Cuban visa required.
  • • Internet service is available.

Special Terms

  • • Valid passport and a Cuban visa ($30) are required for citizens of most countries.

  • • Gratuities are appreciated but not included.
  • • Price is for one person.

  • What's Not Included:

  • • International flights to Havana (HAV).
  • • Cost of taxi transfers from Havana Airport to hotel in Havana on arrival and departure days.
  • • Meals, drinks, taxis and any additional expenses while in Havana.
  • • Cuban departure tax - 25.00 CUC to be paid in cash at the airport before leaving.
  • • Gratuities for guides and staff (must be paid in cash with CUCs).

Highlights

  • • Five full and two half days of fishing in Jardines de la Reina, Cuba.
  • • Seven nights lodging aboard La Tortuga and two nights lodging in Havana included.
  • • Fish for tarpon, permit, bonefish, jacks, barracuda and more.
  • • All meals included while aboard La Tortuga.
  • • Fishing tackle, equipment, flies and all terminal tackle not provided.
  • •Jardines de la Reina is our only fishing destination where you can use spinning gear.
  • • Valid passport and Cuban visa required.
  • • Internet service is available.

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Location

Jardines de la Reina

This vast marine park, which is bigger in size of the Florida Keys, is ideal for fly-fisherman who wish to live and experience fishing from dawn till dusk. Here we offer more fishing hours than any other destination.

Jardines de la Reina is for those looking for adventure, absolutely amazing food with fresh seafood every day, and complete comfort. We transfer guest by bus from Havana to Jucaro port (5 hour drive), and then a 3-hour boat ride to final destinations which are approximately 60 miles from the Jucaro port. Here we have our floating hotel, Tortuga.

Here you will cast for large Tarpons (perhaps less BIG tarpon than on Isla de la Juventud, but more classic flats fishing for big tarpon and more variety). JDR is full of everything - Tarpon of all sizes, Permit, bones, Jacks, Barracuda - you name it. JDR is the favourite fishery of all destinations for many anglers around the world.

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Lodging & Meals

The Tortuga

The Tortuga functions as a floating hotel with seven guest cabins that accommodate two anglers each. The Tortuga is a massive, steel houseboat that is permanently secured in a small, protected channel of a big island, so that it never moves, regardless of bad weather or wind. It is extremely stable and level at all times so there is never any chance of guests getting seasick.

We refurbished the Tortuga again in 2008. This was a major rebuild with a total cost of 1.5 million USD. The guest cabins on the upper level all have their own bathrooms with sink and toilet and a good shower with plenty of hot water. Each cabin has its own easily adjustable air-conditioning system. On the lower level you will find our large air-conditioned dining room along with both a foredeck, afterdeck, chairs and tables that are perfect for setting up your tackle, tying flies or relaxing after a day of fishing. We have plenty of rod racks as well as good facilities for washing and cleaning your tackle. The foredeck is everyone’s favorite place to enjoy appetizers like pizza and your favorite beverage before dinner. A great spot to kick back, and relax, enjoy that perfect mojito, or smoke a great Cuban cigar while swapping tales of the day’s fishing.

Dining on board combines the flair of the best Continental Italian cuisine, wonderful fresh seafood every day and traditional Cuban favorites like rice and beans, black bean soup and fried bananas. Beverages available on board include bottled water, Mineral and tonic water, various soft drinks, beer, rum and excellent wines. If you prefer liquor other than rum, you can bring this with you and our bartender will have whatever mixers you need.

Electricity on board is supplied by generators located on a small island nearby and is available twenty-four hours a day. We have many outlets on board that provide both 110 and 220V. We have a satellite Wireless connection making communication with the outside world easy and free for our guests. You can use your laptop in our dining room at any time or in the cabins using our Avalon Hot Spot network as long as your laptop or other device has wireless capability.

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The Outfitter

Avalon Cuban Fishing Centers

Fishing in Cuba is a delight and a continual mixture of incomparable sensations. In the exclusive fishing centers of AVALON at Jardines de la Reina (Gardens of the Queen), Isla de la Juventud (Island of Youth), Cayo Largo (Long Key), Sur Ana Maria (South Ana Maria) and at our newest destination on Cayo Cruz, you will be tempted with the most combative and acrobatic species, while enjoying the exclusiveness of a vast area of endless flats just for you.

This is a unique and incomparable combination that Avalon offers their clients-fishing in their own marine park on the southern coast of Cuba. There is no doubt that this is a once in a lifetime opportunity. Imagine being able to choose the place where you want to fish, and go after the species you want and to do so accompanied by the most experienced and knowledgeable guides. These guides spend almost 250 days every year guiding visitors and ensuring that their guests enjoy all the benefits and opportunities that this amazing environment offers.

These they are some of the species that you can fish in Avalon, Cuba: Bonefish or Macabi, Tarpon or Sabalo, Permit or Palometa, and other ones like Snappers, Jacks, Snooks Barracudas, Needlefish or the combative and voracious Lemon sharks.