Cuba - Jardines de la Reina
Gardens of the Queen
Jardines Avalon II (The JA2)
Avalon Cuban Fishing Centers
The JA2 is a 136 foot vessel built in 2018. With ten staterooms, the JA2 is larger than Jardines Avalon FI.
You'll fish the pristine saltwater flats of Jardines de la Reina also known as Gardens of the Queen.
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The Liveaboard hosts up to 16 anglers, plus 9 crew members. The liveaboard also accommodates divers. Avalon suggest between 10 and 16 anglers for optimum comfort. The design and interior decor give the yacht a touch of intimacy, refinement, a sense of warmth and simplicity.
Dolphin Super Skiffs
For The JA2 depending on group size, there are up to six guides, and six Dolphin 16' Super Skiffs teamed with Yamaha 70-HP motors. Jardines de la Reina (JDR) offers more fishing hours than any Avalon destination and is ideal for fly anglers who desire to fish from dawn to dusk, about 5:30 p.m.
Fishing License: Your fishing license is included in the package. For 2023, Avalon includes the Marine Park Conservation fee in the package; for 2024, the Marine Park Fee is an additional charge of $300.00.
The Liveaboard has 12 cabins with ensuite bathrooms, accommodating up to 16 anglers per trip. Each cabin has two twin beds, air conditioning and heat controls, electricity plugs (110 volt), drawers for storage, and panoramic views of the Caribbean.
Communications: Wi-Fi is not available on the liveaboard. 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 will be confiscated at the airport upon arrival.
Meals: All meals are included on the liveaboard, and are simple, yet gourmet. Salads with fresh vegetables and a variety of fruits are available. Fresh sashimi is offered nightly. Dinners feature delicious fresh fish, pork, or chicken entrees.
Meals and Alcohol
Open Bar: The open bar is included in the package and includes beer, wine, rum, soft drinks, and water.
Upper Boat Deck
On the upper deck, there is a spacious and comfortable lounge, dining room, and bar area (combination). In this casual setting, you'll do most of your dining and socializing. DVDs and music are also available.
Getting to the Liveaboard:
Many US cities have direct flights to Havana. You can also book direct flights to Cayo Coco (CCC) from Canada or Mexico. If you fly to Havana, plan on staying overnight at a Havana hotel before and after your fishing trip. The private bus transfer to Jardines de la Reina from Havana departs approximately. 7:00 a.m. and takes 6-8 hours to get to Jucaro Port. If you fly to Cayo Coco, the ground transfer takes 2-3 hours from the airport to Jucaro Port. The ground transfer from Havana to the Jucaro Port is $150.00 p.p. one-way and is not included in the package. The transfer from Cayo Coco, Camaguey or Santa Clara airport is $50.00 per person.
JA2 Sample Itinerary:
Sunday - Thursday:
7:00 a.m. Wake-up call.
7:30 a.m. Breakfast.
8:00 a.m. Fishing full day with packed lunch.
Your group will have the possibility to coordinate for lunch at JA2, please inform your crew and staff in advance. Return in the afternoon. Appetizers at JA2. Dinner and overnight at JA2, single room accommodation.
Note: Schedule can be changed according to your preferences and your guide's suggestions.
7:00 a.m. Wake-up call.
7:30 a.m. Breakfast.
8:00 a.m. Fish half-day until noon/1:00 p.m. with packed lunch. At 2:00 p.m., you will be transferred back to Júcaro port with estimated arrival at 7.00 p.m. Appetizers at JA2. Dinner and overnight at JA2.
Saturday: 5:00 - 8:00 a.m. Disembarking at Júcaro Port. Transfer to Cayo Coco, Camagüey, Santa Clara or other international airport (2-hour drive) with estimated arrival at 7:30 - 10:30 a.m. *If you have a pre-arranged flight, you can disembark boat early for flight from Camaguey.
The JA2 Full Yacht and Half Yacht Options:
12 cabins, with an optimum of 10-16 anglers per trip, and up to six skiffs and guides.
6 cabins, 6 anglers, and 3 skiffs and guides.
2023 USD Rates - The JA2:7-nights and 5.75-days guided fishing
Dec. 31, 2022 - Feb. 18, 2023 and July 15 - Dec. 30, 2023:
Full Yacht: $75,374.00 per group
Half-Yacht $37,687.00 per group
February 18 - July 15, 2023:
Full Yacht: $130,485.00 per group
Half-Yacht $65,242.50 per group
2024 USD Rates:7-nights and 5.75-days guided fishing
Dec. 30, 2023 - Feb. 17, 2024 and July 13 - Dec. 28, 2024:
Full Yacht: $82,800.00 per group
Half-Yacht $41,400.00 per group
February 17 - July 13, 2024:
Full Yacht: $140,400.00 per group
Half-Yacht $70,200.00 per group
7-nights on yacht/liveaboard (full board basis, which means that breakfast, lunch, and evening meals are included in the package), open bar (a $200.00 value), guided fishing (two people per skiff), fishing licenses, and for 2023, the Marine Park Conservation Fee.