Cuba - Cayo Cruz

Fly-Fishing only - Exceptional Flats fishing

The Cayo Cruz Fishery

Cayo Cruz fishing

The Cayo Cruz, also referred to as Cayo Romano fishery, is a tropical island in the Jardines del Rey chain off central Cuba. The fishery encompasses 141 square miles, which means each skiff has nearly 20 square miles of protected flats, lagoons, and pristine estuaries. Fantastic year-round permit and bonefishing. The fishery is limited to 20-anglers per week.

Cayo Cruz Fishing Season:

permit bonefish Fishing

Cayo Cruz is open for year-round fishing. January to March has good-sized bonefish and small to medium tarpon from 20 to 30 pounds. Permit are available year-round, with peak months in July and August. In addition to bonefish and permit, April to June is perhaps the best time for weather and the appearance of large quantities of huge tarpon. September to December are good months for bonefish and smaller quantities of medium to large tarpon.

Permit fishing at Cayo Cruz

Cayo Cruz Permit

What really sets this location apart from so many other fisheries is that guests can expect to encounter and get shots at good numbers of permit each day. There are very few places on earth where guests can fish for big bonefish each day and also get shots at tailing permit. The permit range between 8 and 30 pounds in size.

Exceptional flats fishing

Flats Fishing

The flats at Cayo Cruz are a little deeper than those found in other areas of Cuba, resulting in excellent numbers of bonefish and permit throughout the year. The flats are an inviting combination of hard-packed white sand and a semi-firm mottled bottom. It’s very similar to Los Roques in Venezuela in terms of the vast amount of wadable flats. There are areas where you can wade for four straight hours without heading back to the boat.

Tarpon Fishing Cayo Largo

Fly Fishing Cayo Cruz

There are two very good tarpon fishing areas within the Cayo Romano that are about an 80-minute boat ride from the Cayo Cruz boat launch. The guides tend to save these areas for when an angler has already boated a permit and is looking for a Grand Slam. These fish will range from 30 to 90 pounds.

Cayo Cruz Fishing Boats

Cayo Cruz Flats fishing

Boats:  Cayo Cruz has a mix of Dolphin Super Skiffs with 60- to 70-HP motors and light fiberglass Mitzi skiffs teamed with 40-HP Yamaha two-stroke engines. Each skiff has a poling platform for the guide along with rod holders and generous storage space located at both the front and back of the boat. Two anglers per boat and guide.

Cayo Cruz Fishing Guides:

permit bonefish Fishing

The Cayo Cruz fishery is still in its infancy, and Avalon’s veteran guides are helping the new guides improve their language and guiding skills. If you are prepared to be patient while the guides develop, you'll find a virtually untouched flats oasis, absolutely teeming with fish and wildlife. The guides speak enough English to be understood for fishing purposes and are trained in CPR and first aid.

The Hotel Marina and Spa in Cayo Cruz

Jardines Floorplan

The Hotel Marina and Spa is a stunning new hotel in Cayo Cruz and only 100 meters from the fishing marina. This brand new hotel has 60 rooms, a swimming pool, a bar and lounge, a variety of signature restaurants, a bowling area, and more. This hotel features several activities for anglers and also for non-fishing guests. Additionally, the hotel is only one-hour from the Cayo Coco airport.
Communications:  Wi-Fi is available at the hotel with the purchase of a Wi-Fi card. You’ll need to check with your cell service provider before your trip to see if your U.S. cell phone will work in Cuba.

Swimming Pool

Lounge Area

The hotel overlooks the water and a beautiful channel visited daily by tarpon schools and jacks. Some of the best fishing takes place right off the marina before dark.

Dining area with ocean views

Hotel Bedroom

All rooms are spacious, have air conditioning, tile floors, and nice showers. The Hotel has a block of rooms assigned to Avalon anglers in a quiet area of the hotel.

Several Restaurants in the Hotel Complex

Hotel Restaurant

In the open-air main lodge, you'll find comfortable lounge chairs and a fully stocked bar with an accommodating bartender. After a long day on the flats, sip an ice-cold beverage, and choose from freshly prepared snacks. After a shower, make your way to the dining room to enjoy the chef’s daily specialty.

The Hotel Complex

Hot Tub

The hotel complex offers a lodge atmosphere. The main lodge has wireless internet for guests to use. Come down and enjoy yourself at Cayo Cruz!

Getting to the Lodge:

The two best options for U.S. residents:  1.) You can arrive in Havana on Friday. The cost for the night in Havana varies from $350.00 to $450.00 per night for a double-occupancy 4-star or 5-star hotel and is not included in the package. On Saturday, you’ll fly to the Jardines del Rey Airport on Cayo Coco – $220.00 roundtrip and not included in the package. You’ll be met by an Avalon representative at the Cayo Cruz Airport and transferred to the hotel, a one-hour drive.
2.) To avoid an overnight stay in Havana, on Saturday, you can fly directly to Cayo Coco from Toronto, Canada, on Westjet Airlines. You’ll be met by an Avalon representative at the Jardines del Rey Airport and transferred to the hotel, a one-hour drive.

2020 and 2021 USD Rates

High season:
March 6 - July 10, 2021
7-nights at the Hotel
and 6-days guided fishing

Two anglers per boat and room:
$4,950.00 per person
One angler per skiff:
$7,950.00 per person
Single-occupancy room:
Add $350.00
Non-angler companion:

Low season:
2020:  January 4 - March 14 and August 29 - Dec. 26, 2020
2021:  January 2 - March 6 and July 10, 2020 - Jan. 1, 2021
7-nights at the Hotel
and 6-days guided fishing

Two anglers per boat and room:
$3,299.00 per person
One angler per skiff:
$4,799.00 per person
Single-occupancy room:
Add $350.00
Non-angler companion:
$2,200.00 per person
Equipment Rentals:  A rod, reel, and fly line rental is $280.00 in 2020 ($350.00 in 2021) per person per week and requires 60-days’ notice before your trip.

Packages Include:

Reception at Cayo Coco airport, roundtrip group ground transfers between the Cayo Coco airport and The Hotel Marina and Spa (if there are multiple transfers per group, a supplemental transfer fee depending on the secondary group size and location will be assessed), 7-nights double-occupancy lodging at the hotel in Cayo Cruz, meals and beverages at the hotel in Cayo Cruz, 6-days guided fishing, fishing license, and beverages on skiff, including four drinks (beer, water, soft drinks) each fishing day.

Packages Do Not Include:

Airfare, Cuban tourist visa (up to $85.00 – subject to change), first night’s stay in Havana, ground transfers in Havana, meals or beverages in Havana, Marine Park Conservation Fee ($100.00 - to be included in your invoice), optional rental of fly rod and reel ($280.00 p.p. in 2020 and $350.00 in 2021), gratuities to the guide and staff, tips for the Cubatur representative and driver, personal expenses, Global Rescue, IMG Signature Travel Insurance, and anything not mentioned under inclusions.

Avalon's New No-Risk Policy

Sample Fishing Day:

7:00 a.m. - Wake up call.
7:30 a.m. - A buffet-style breakfast is served. You’ll pack your lunch to take on the skiff. You’ll walk from the hotel to the dock, a 5-minute walk.
8:00 a.m. - Your guides are ready to depart for fishing.
Mid-day - You’ll have a packed lunch on the water.
5:00 p.m. - You’ll return to the marina.


It’s best to bring Euros or Canadian Dollars to exchange into Cuban CUC upon arrival in Cuba. U.S. Dollars are subject to a 13% special tax/commission.

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