Avalon: the exclusive fishing operation at Cayo Largo since 2008.
U.S. anglers can now fish in Cuba. Fly fishing in Cuba is far different from other destinations in the Caribbean. Cuba has protected these pristine areas as National Marine Parks.
No commercial fishing is allowed other than for lobster. Only in recent years has this flats fishery been developed. Cayo Largo is a small island belonging to Cuba,
in the Caribbean Sea; and is no more than 16-miles long and 1.9-miles wide. Cayo Largo is the best location in the world for finding big permit.
As of June, 2017, there is a $250.00 fee for a “people to people” license to travel to Cuba, it is available for purchase through the Bonefish & Tarpon Trust.
Fishing Cayo Largo
On Cuba’s south coast, permit can be found swimming with large schools of bonefish. This scenario presents its own set of challenges because bonefish will often take the fly before the permit
has a chance to eat it unless the fly is cast to just the right location. This kind of precise angling will get your heart pounding and put all your fly fishing skills to the test.
Bonefish and snook are available year-round at all Avalon operations. Jacks are wonderful gamefish and are very abundant in the JDR. It is common to see a school of big jacks patrolling the flats,
eating everything in sight. Mutton snappers are everywhere in the JDR, and plenty are found and caught on the flats, a real rarity. This is perhaps the best and only place in the world where you can expect to catch mutton snappers
on the flats.
Avalon uses Dolphin 16-foot Super skiffs teamed with Yamaha 60 or 70-h.p. motors at all of their flats fishing destinations. The guides can pole the skiffs on the shallowest bonefish flats. Local guides are excellent fishermen and are very skilled at finding all species. They were born and raised on these waters, and know the ocean and the flats like the backs of their hands. The guides speak Spanish, but also know speak "fishing-English."
Permit, Bonefish and more
Permit: Permit are the ultimate flats challenge, and Cayo Largo is the best location in the world for finding big permit. Permit are
intelligent, opportunistic feeders. They will follow behind sting rays, using the rays to flush out
crabs and shrimp, which the permit will then eat before the ray has a chance to get its meal. Here,
15-to 25-pound permit are commonly found, and the guides are experts at reading the water and
tides in order to find this unique phenomenon.
The best locations in Cuba to consistently find permit are here and Jardines de la Reina.
Tarpon: Large number of tarpon or sabalo, as they are known in Cuba, are resident year-round in Cayo Largo’s tidal channels and flats, with migrating fish showing up in April until August. Their average weight is from 15-to 30-pounds, but fish up to 120-pounds may be encountered and, indeed, some large fish have been caught over the past seasons. They are in the area all year-long, but tarpons over 50-pounds are more commonly found from March to August.
Bonefish: Available year-round at all Avalon operations, bonefish are the most abundant and popular of the flat species and average about six pounds. Larger bones are landed, especially in the winter months.
About Hotel Sol Club | Cayo Largo
The Hotel Sol Club Cayo Largo is a beautiful all-inclusive resort located on the southern shore Cayo Largo del Sur. The resort is only five minutes from the International Airport.
It offers a total of 296-comfortable rooms with a terrace or balcony overlooking the ocean, including eight junior suites and 52-deluxe rooms. This is the perfect destination to bring a non-fishing spouse or companion.
The hotel provides a broad array of services and attractions: a clubhouse for daytime activities, three restaurants, Spanish classes, cocktail and cooking classes, party hall, karaoke night club, a dive school nearby health center with gym, sauna, massages at bargain prices, Jacuzzi and steam bath, two tennis courts with artificial lighting, multi-purpose courts, bikes, ecological excursions, dancing classes, water sports center for non-motorized water sports, Cuban Club for cultural activities, and theater.
You’ll fly into Jose Marti International Airport (HAV) also referred to as Havana Airport. It is the busiest airport in Cuba and has four terminals. You’ll then need to take a flight from Havana to Cayo Largo.
Flight from Havana to Cayo Largo: The domestic flight from Havana to Vilo Acuna Airport (CYO) on the island of Cayo Largo takes 30 minutes and costs approximately $200.00 per person, (2017).
You’ll be greeted by an Avalon representative upon arrival and transferred to the hotel.
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 10% special tax/commission.
7-nights and 6-full days guided fishing
Saturday to Saturday
September 1, 2017 - March 7, 2018
and June 28 - September 5, 2018
Sol Club Cayo Largo: $4,900.00 p.p.
Villa Marinera: $4,600.00 p.p.
Single angler per skiff add $1,500.00 to angling rate above.
High Season: March 8 - June 27, 2018
Sol Club Cayo Largo: $8,200.00 p.p.
Villa Marinera: $6,990.00 p.p.
Single angler per skiff add $3,000.00 to angling rate above.
*For single-occupancy rooms at
Sol Club Cayo Largo
add $900.00 to above packages.
Packages for 2018 include:
reception at Cayo Largo Airport, ground transfer on arrival and departure – airport/hotel, 7-nights in Cayo Largo, all meals in Cayo Largo, and 6-days guided fishing – fishing licenses and beverages on skiff, including four drinks (beer, water, soft drinks) each fishing day.
Packages for 2018 do not include:
airfare, Marine Park Conservation Fee ($100.00 – may be paid online prior to your trip), fishing tackle, fly rod, and reels, boarding tax of CUC 25 (CUC Cuban convertible peso) to be paid at airport before leaving, if not included in your airfare; gratuities to guide and staff, personal expenses, extra beverages, and meals other than those stated above, and anything not mentioned under inclusions.
Hotel Villa Marinera
Hotel Villa Marinera consists of five shoreline and five garden-view cabins (a total of 20 single rooms) located at the marina of Cayo Largo. The air-conditioned rooms have ensuite bathrooms, a minifridge, and a small safe in which to store belongings. This is the perfect place for anglers that prefer single accommodations. When you need a moment to relax, you can enjoy a billiard game in the small clubhouse or take a dip in the pool.
Important for Domestic Flight
On domestic flights, Cuban rules for items on board are stricter for security reasons. Hooks, nylons (including tippets, leaders, etc.), spray, or fishing rods (regardless of size) are not allowed in hand luggage. They must be shipped or checked with bags. For your convenience and luggage safety, they suggest that you put TSA certified locks on the luggage to be carried.