Prime spots are now open for the magic months of Mar-May at Isla de Juventude!
MARCH 25-APRIL 1
MAY 27-JUNE 3
Isla de Juventude
Isla de Juventud is a large island off the southern coast of Cuba almost directly south of Havana. To the east runs the Archipelago de los Canarreos, an 80-mile string of pristine keys that connect Isla de Juventude and Cayo Largo. The unspoiled flats are considered one of the Caribbean’s best places to get a Grand or even Super Grand Slam. These waters are protected under Cuban National Marine Parks and have been absent of commercial fishing since 1996.
The Archipelago de los Canarreos is a major draw for Tarpon fanatics with 30-80lb fish easily found year-round. It’s monster 100+lb fish show up in the spring and summer adding to its already abundant population and making IDJ a world-class Tarpon fishery. Singles and small pods are regularly found poling the flats on sunny days and blind casting into deep channels is a proven strategy when the clouds roll in. Bonefish, Permit and Snook are found is great numbers as are Jacks, Cudas and sharks. There are also many reefs along our journey that can easily be fished for Grouper, Sea Bass, Grouper, Mutton Snapper, Grunts, Trigger fish and Parrotfish.
If you’d like to experience this fishery, Contact Us today! Space is limited!
March 25, Saturday
Fly from Miami or Fort Lauderdale, arriving Havana before noon. Meet and greet and transfer 3 hours to the small southern port town of Zapesca, (lunch provided.) Board the yacht, Jardines Avalon Fleet 1 (JAF1.) While the yacht moves towards our fishing grounds, guests settle in cabins, arrange equipment and enjoy cocktails and dinner.
6 days fishing the Archipelago de los Canarreos, Tarpon, Permit, Snook and Bonefish and more. After a 7:30am breakfast, 2 anglers will board a skiff with one guide and fish all day with lunch on the boat and return late afternoon. Shower, cocktails and dinner.
April 1, Saturday
Wake up at the port of Zapesca. Disembark and transfer 3 hours back to Havana for your flight home departing after 4pm.
Rate: Contact us for pricing information
Included: Reception in Havana Airport and ground transfer with lunch to our yacht in Zapesca, 7 nights onboard, 6 days guided fishing, all meals with open bar and the marine conservation fee. Ground transfer to/from the yacht and the Havana Airport. Single rooms are available at no extra charge on a first come, first serve basis.
Not included: Air travel, Havana hotels and meals, gratuities and gear. Fly Fishing Patagonia is not responsible for costs incurred due to flight delays, changes or cancellations. Travel insurance with a Cancel For Any Reason rider is highly recommended.
The Mothership – Jardines Avalon Fleet 1
The JAF1 is a 130ft yacht and can comfortably hold up to 14 anglers although we are limiting rods to 10. There are 10 deluxe king cabins, with 9 private bathrooms, queen beds, storage, air conditioning and electricity plugs of 220 and 110 volts. Single rooms are available at no extra charge on a first come, first serve basis. Each room has panoramic windows to enjoy the breathtaking view of the Caribbean beaches. There is a spacious and comfortable combination lounge, dining room and bar area on the open boat deck where we’ll spend the majority of our social time.
Each Dolphin Super Skiff has a 60/70 Yamaha motor, plenty of safe storage for rods and compartments to keep your gear dry. The bows have a removeable leaning post for stability and the coolers will be packed with plenty of ice and beverages. Boats normally return to the JAF1 around 5pm, but will gladly return at 7pm upon request!
A comprehensive gear list for all species will be provided upon booking.
Traveling to Cuba
US citizens traveling to Cuba must enter under special humanitarian and ecological permits. This permit will be filed by Avalon on your behalf and forwarded to you so will have everything you need to enter with ease.
Extra nights in Havana
Anglers are welcome to spend nights in Havana before or after the trip. However, since US legislation prevents US citizens from staying in major hotels, you will need to seek boutique hotels and will not be under the guidance of Avalon Fishing Charters.
Email or call us with questions anytime!