CUBA: Intro and About the Area
Fly fishing Cuba is on every salts bucket list. There is hardly any place on earth that rivals the Cuban flats for trophy Tarpon, Bonefish and Permit, and we are excited to take you there.
Fly Fishing Patagonia is offering week long fishing adventures in Cuba through an established and respected outfitting operation, one we’ve fished with for 4 seasons. They offer 5 live aboard motor yachts and 2 lodges, all of which access the pristine flats of either the Archipelago de los Canarreos, (the keys that connect Isla de Juventude to Cayo Largo) or the Archipelago Jardines de la Reina.
Cuba – The Country
Cuba is the largest island in the West Indies and includes the island of Cuba, the Isle of Youth (also known as Isle of Pines), and over 4,000 keys and islets with more than 200 bays and over 300 natural beaches. The population of Cuba is approximately 11,000,000 inhabitants, most living in Havana, the capital.
Royal palm trees, coconut palms, sugarcane, and tropical fruit trees are all common to the island. Cuba features some of the richest flora in the world, with about 900 different kinds of fish and 400 kinds of birds.
Education is free at all levels of Cuban government schools and illiteracy supposedly has been completely eradicated. The government also has dozens of centers for higher learning such as universities or faculty departments, technical schools and even schools for the handicapped.
Cuba’s health-care system is also 100% tax payer funded and covers the needs of the country’s citizens. Cuba has the lowest infant mortality rate in Latin America and one of the lowest in the world: 1 per 1,000 live births. The life expectancy rate is around 75 years.
Cuban cultural activities include literature, fine arts, cinema, ballet, contemporary dance and drama. Food is also a big part of life in Cuba and has heavy influences from its early settlers from Spain and Africa. We have found 3 super restaurants in Cuba and more are popping up all the time. Capitalism is finding it’s way into Cuban society.
And Cuban cigars and rum, we’ve all tried them. But one hasn’t lived until they are actually in Cuba, with one in each hand, looking out on the Caribbean Ocean.
Havana – The Capital
Cuba’s capital is the largest city in the Caribbean. As one looks at the deteriorating, but once glorious Spanish colonial architecture, one can’t help but wish to have experienced Havana during its heyday. Even though much of the city still stands as it was before the wars and revolutions, the big 50’s and 60’s American cars on the streets help tell tales of Cuba’s glory days
Havana’s cultural center lies is the suburban neighborhood outside Old Havana called, “Vedado”. The streets of Vedado are lined with theaters, art galleries, night clubs, cafes, bars, restaurants, cabarets, movies, cultural institutions and hotels.
Its main artery is 23rd Street, best known as “La Rampa”, where 500 meters of the sidewalk have multicolored granite tiles that have been painted by famous Cuban artists such as Amelia Pelez,
Rene Portocarrero and Wifredo Lam.
But there is another Havana, a nocturnal Havana, for all those wishing to discover the good vibrations of music that moves even the most rigid hips and reluctant spirits. It all happens in discos and night clubs such as the Tropicana, the mythical cabaret under the stars, most coveted for its breathtaking shows and its rumba-dancing beauties who defy the sky when they emerge dancing from the trees. And what can one say about Havana’s renowned rum, savored straight, on the rocks or mixed in fabulous cocktails.
Of course we can’t forget Cuba’s world famous writer Ernest Hemingway. His country house (La Vigia) in San Francisco de Paula, on the outskirts of Havana, has been preserved exactly as the great American writer left it when he went on his final trip and is now a museum. Every single object, souvenir, hunting trophy, book and piece of furniture has been preserved for the world to see.