Cuba - Cayo Largo Resort
Fly-Fishing only - Permit, Tarpon, Bonefish...
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. 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. Avalon has been the exclusive fishing operation at Cayo Largo since 2008. The Resort-based fishing package is not offered during the peak fishing months of mid-March through late-June. Avalon prefers to use the liveaboard option in Cayo Largo during peak fishing.
Fishing Cayo Largo
Cayo Largo is one of the best locations in the world for finding big permit. On Cuba’s south coast, permit can be found swimming with large schools of bonefish.
This scenario presents its own set of challenges. Unless the fly is cast to just the right location, bonefish will often take the fly before the permit
has a chance to. This kind of precise angling will put all your fly fishing skills to the test and get your heart pounding.
Cayo Largo is a premier saltwater flats fishery for grand slams. A Caribbean Grand Slam is when an angler is able to catch a bonefish, tarpon, and permit in the course of one day. Since 2004, Avalon has landed over 500 grand slams!
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 stingrays, 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. Here, tarpon average 15-to 30-pounds, but fish up to 120-pounds have been caught over the past seasons. Tarpon fishing is year-round here. But your best chance at tarpon over 50-pounds is 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.
Snook are available year-round at all Avalon operations.
Jacks are wonderful gamefish and are very abundant. It is common to see a school of big jacks patrolling the flats, eating everything in sight.
Google Map of Cayo Largo.
Boats: Avalon uses Dolphin 16-foot Super skiffs teamed with Yamaha 60 or 70-HP motors at all of their flats fishing destinations. The guides can pole the skiffs on the shallowest bonefish flats.
Two anglers per boat and guide.
Cayo Largo fishery has six zones that are rotated throughout the week. Over the course of a week, you will fish each zone once.
Guides: 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 very well. The guides speak Spanish, yet also speak enough Fishing-English to get by.
Equipment: No equipment or tackle is provided. Equipment rental per week is $350.00 and includes rod, reel, and lines. A comprehensive gear and tackle list is provided in our confirmation packet.
Fishing License: is included in the package.
Conservation Fee: A Marine Park Conservation Fee of $100.00.
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Cayo Largo Resort
The Sol Club Cayo Largo (hotel) 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.
Communications: Internet is available at the hotel. 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 strictly prohibited in Cuba and will be confiscated at the airport on arrival.
Sample 7-day Itinerary:
Saturday: Reception at Cayo Largo airport and transfer to Hotel Sol Club. Overnight in Hotel Sol Club.
Sunday - Friday:
7:00 a.m. - Wake-Up call
7:30 a.m. - Breakfast
8:00 a.m. - Fishing
Return in the afternoon.
Appetizer and dinner.
Note: Schedule can be changed according to your preferences and your guide's suggestions.
Saturday: Transfer to Cayo Largo airport.
Getting to the Resort:
Getting to Cayo Largo: You’ll fly to the José Marti International Airport in Havana—the busiest airport in Cuba with four terminals. You’ll stay the first and last night of your trip at a hotel in Havana. (The ground transfer from the airport to the hotel and first and last hotel night and meals in Havana are not included in the package.) The next morning, an Avalon representative will pick you up from your hotel and drive you to the domestic airport. You'll take a 40-minute flight from Havana to the Vilo Acuna Airport (CYO) in Cayo Largo (this roundtrip charter flight is included in the package). In Cayo Largo, you’ll be greeted by an Avalon representative upon arrival and driven five minutes to the hotel.
Meals at the Hotels
Hotel Sol Club: There is a large buffet for daily meals that is located near the lobby area. Included in the package is one trip to each of the three international restaurants at Cayo Largo, where guests can order what they want off of the menu. Some wines and alcoholic beverages are included with the buffet, and some international drinks are available for an additional charge.
2021 USD Rates:
7-nights at Sol Club
and 6-days guided fishing
Saturday to Saturday
January 2 - March 6, 2021, and
July 10, 2021 - March 5, 2022
• Two Anglers per Boat:
$4,900.00 per person
• One Angler per Boat:
$6,400.00 per person
One angler per room:
Add $900.00 to package
• Non-angler companion:
$2,500.00 per person
Avalon's Deposit Policy
Roundtrip domestic flight from Havana to Cayo Largo, reception at the Vilo Acuna Airport, roundtrip ground transfers between the Vilo Acuna Airport and the hotel, 7-nights lodging and meals at Hotel Sol Club, guided fishing, fishing license, and four drinks on the skiff each fishing day (beer, water, or soft drinks).
Packages Do Not Include:
International airfare, Cuba Tourist Visa $85.00, VIP service on arrival to the Havana Airport, ground transfers in Havana from the airport to the hotel of your choice, first and last night hotel stay in Havana, beverages and meals in Havana, fishing tackle, fly rod and reel rental of $350.00 per week, alcohol (other than beer on the skiff), $100.00 Marine Park Conservation Fee per angler to be charged on your invoice, gratuities to the guide and staff, personal expenses, Global Rescue, IMG Signature Travel Insurance, and anything not mentioned under inclusions.
Important for Domestic Flight
On domestic flights, Cuban rules for items onboard 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.