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Fly-Fishing only - Exceptional Flats fishing

The Cayo Cruz Fishery

Cayo Cruz fishing

The Cayo Cruz also referred to as Cayo Romano fishery is on the north shore of the eastern province of Camagüey in the Jardines del Rey archipelago. 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.

Swimming Pool

Lounge Area

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:

You’ll fly to the Ignacio Agramonte Airport (CMW) in the town of Camaguey. Direct flights are available from Fort Lauderdale on Jet Blue and from Miami on American Airlines. After you’ve exited Customs and retrieved your bags, you’ll be greeted by your host, a Cubatur representative, near the baggage claim area exit doors. You’ll then be driven to the hotel, a two-hour drive on a new asphalt road.

2020 USD Rates

High season:
March 14 - August 29, 2020
7-nights 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:
January 4 - March 14, 2020 and August 29 - Dec. 26, 2020
7-nights 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 and reel and fly line rental is $280.00 per person per week and requires 60-days’ notice before your trip.

Packages include:

Reception at the airport, ground transfer between the airport and hotel, 7-nights double-occupancy lodging at the hotel, meals and beverages at the hotel, 6-days guided fishing, fishing license, and beverages on the skiff, including four drinks (beer, water, soft drinks) each fishing day.

Packages do not include:

Airfare, Marine Park Conservation Fee ($100.00 - to be paid online before your trip), fishing tackle, fly rod and reels, gratuities to the guide and staff, departure tax* approx. $25.00 to be paid at the airport, if not included in your airfare; personal expenses, Global Rescue, IMG Signature Travel Insurance, and anything not mentioned under inclusions.

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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