Cuba - Gardens of the King Resort
Tarpon paradise - Fly Fishing the Run
Since May of 2015, the fly fishing in northcentral Cuba in the Cayo Santa Maria area has been exclusively operated by Fly Fishing the Run. The group of islands is known as the Jardines del Rey or Gardens of the King. These pristine waters are protected National Marine Parks. No commercial fishing is allowed other than for lobster.
Fly fishing for Tarpon
Gardens of the Kings is a famous protected area for fly fishing for tarpon. Resident tarpon are present all year long and range in size from 10-to 80-pounds. Beginning in March, larger migratory tarpon arrive and reside through August.
These tarpon can exceed 150-pounds, testing a fly angler’s skills. Depending on conditions and seasons, tarpon waters vary from shallow flats to deeper lagoons and channels.
Fish are often sighted rolling in schools, and guides position the boats ahead of them for intercepting casts. They are relatively easy to spot in the wide flat areas, in three-to-six-foot deep crystal-clear waters.
Bonefish and Permit Fishing
Peak Season: Peak fishing season is from March 25 to June 30 when tarpon, bonefish, permit, and several other flats species are present.
Resident tarpon are present year-round and range in size from 10 to 80 pounds.
Boats: Skiffs with Yamaha 70-HP engines, that allow access to shallow water, as well as fast runs between fishing spots. With a draft of only eight inches, it’s a skiff the guides can pole on the shallowest bonefish flats. Two anglers per boat and guide.
Guides: Local guides speak Fishing-English, enough to be understood for fishing. They were born and raised on these waters, and know the ocean and the flats like the backs of their hands.
Fishing Equipment: No equipment is provided. $350.00 per week for rod and reel rental. A detailed list of what to bring is included in our confirmation packet.
Fishing License: is included in the package, but the $100.00 Marine Park Conservation Fee is not.
Five-Star Resort | Iberostar Ensenachos
Iberostar Ensenachos, a five-star resort, is located in Cayo Ensenachos. The resort has two sides, one is the park-side (which is family-friendly), and the other is the Spa-side,
which is for adults only. Both sides have swim-up bars, and they both share the buffet in the main building and the on-site à la carte restaurants.
Gourmet breakfasts and dinners are enjoyed at the resort. Anglers take a boxed lunch with them each morning.
Communications: There is a charge for Wi-Fi access which is available in the public areas. 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. Satellite phones are NOT allowed in Cuba and if brought into the country, will be confiscated at the airport.
The Resort has two stunning beaches and well-kept grounds.
YouTube video of the Resort.
There are two options for Getting to the Resort:
1.) You can fly to the José Martí International Airport (HAV) in Havana on Friday. You will be greeted by a Fly Fishing the Run representative who will help you flag a taxi for your transfer to your hotel. The cost for the overnight in Havana varies from $350.00 to $450.00 per night for double-occupancy 4-star or 5-star accommodations. The ground transfer from the airport to the hotel and the hotel stay are not included in the package. A list of recommended hotels is in our confirmation packet. On Saturday, a transfer service, arranged by the outfitter, will drive you the 5-hour drive to the Iberostar Ensenachos Resort hotel in Santa Clara. This roundtrip ground transfer is $250.00 per person for 1 to 4 guests, and not included in the package.
2021 USD Rates:
7-nights at the Resort
and 6-days guided fishing Maximum 4 skiffs or 8 anglers
Two anglers per guide and skiff
August 1, 2020 - February 20, 2021:
$3,640.00 per person
Feb. 20 - March 27 and
July 3 - July 31, 2021:
$4,460.00 per person
March 27 - July 3, 2021:
$5,320.00 per person
Upgrade to one angler per skiff:
Add $2,000.00 to the packages above.
$1,980.00 per person
Fishing Packages Include:
Ground transfer from the Abel Santamaría Airport in Santa Clara, Cuba, 7-nights at the Iberostar Ensenachos Resort in a double-occupancy spa suite, all meals and alcohol at the resort, a boxed lunch and beverages on skiffs, and guided fishing.
Packages Do Not Include:
Airfare, an overnight stay in Havana, food and beverages in Havana, the roundtrip ground transfer from Havana $250.00 p.p. for groups of 1-4,
Cuban tourist visa (up to $85.00), the Marine Park Conservation Fee $100.00, fishing tackle, gear rental of $350.00 per week of fly rods and reels; gratuities to guide and staff, personal expenses, extra beverages and food,
Global Rescue, IMG Signature Travel Insurance, and anything not mentioned under inclusions.
Currency: 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.
Avalon's Deposit Policy
Sample Itinerary:Saturday to Saturday
Sunday: After you'll arrive in Santa Clara, a representative from Fly Fishing the Run will meet you. He will drive your group to the Resort, a two-hour drive.
Monday - Friday: 7:30 a.m. wake-up call, then breakfast. At 8:00 a.m., leave with a packed lunch for a full day of fishing. Return at about 4:00 p.m. in the afternoon in time to freshen up before dinner.
Sunday: After breakfast, your group will be driven back to Santa Clara for your flight home.