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. 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.
See 2019 Specials below.
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. 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 tarpon 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.
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.
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.
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/tackle is provided. A detailed list of what to bring is in our confirmation packet.
Fishing License: is included in the package.
Conservation Fee: A Marine Park Conservation Fee of $100.00 is not included and may be paid online prior to your trip.
Last-minute openings for 2019 during High Season subject to availability.
CAYO LARGO - Exploratory Trip
Jardines Avalon I - a 110-foot liveaboard yacht hosts up to 12 anglers. Two anglers per air-conditioned stateroom with a private bathroom and shower. On the main deck, there is a spacious and comfortable lounge and bar. The upper deck hosts the dining area and a hot tub.
The liveaboard will fish the same areas of Cayo Largo as the hotel-based program; however, there may be more flexibility to stay out in Zone 5 and 6 a bit longer since the run from the marina to those areas is eliminated. Anglers will potentially fish more hours per day due to not having to return to the hotel at a set time.
Reg. $7,650.00 per person
Now $3,500.00 per person*
One angler per room and skiff is $5,500.00*
*Valid for these 2019 weeks:
June 22-29, July 6-13, July 13-20, or July 27 - August 3, 2019
Group Special: Buy 5 and the 6th person goes Free.
Subject to availability.
Sample itinerary for Liveaboard:
Friday: Arrive in Havana. Overnight stay.
Saturday: Transfer to Cayo Largo. You’ll arrive in time for lunch. Overnight on the Jardines Avalon I liveaboard.
Sunday - Friday:
7:00 a.m. - Wake-up call.
7:30 a.m. - Breakfast.
8:00 a.m. - Head out to fish for the day. Return in the afternoon. Enjoy appetizers and dinner on the liveaboard.
Note: The daily schedule can be changed according to your preferences and your guide's suggestions.
Saturday: Transfer from Cayo Largo to Havana. Overnight in Havana.
Sunday: Return flight home.
Two Hotel Options at Cayo Largo
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.
Last-minute openings for 2019 during High Season. Subject to availability.
Sol Club Cayo Largo (hotel)
Valid for the week of March 30 - April 6, 2019
Reg. $8,200.00 per person
Now $4,900.00 per person
Group Special: Buy 7 and and 8th person goes Free.
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.
You’ll fly to Jose Marti International Airport Airport (HAV) in Havana. Jose Marti is the busiest airport in Cuba and has four terminals. You'll stay the first and last night of your trip at a hotel in Havana. (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 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 to the liveaboard/resort a five-minute drive.
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.
Hotel Villa Marinera: There is a small dining area near the marina serving standard breakfast fare, including egg dishes, meat selections, yogurt, coffee, juices, and milk. You can pack a lunch for on the boat or return to the air-conditioned dining room. Dinners include choices of fish, pasta, meat, and fresh vegetables with wine.
2019 USD Rates:
7-nights and 6-days guided fishing
Saturday to Saturday
Sol Club Cayo Largo (Hotel):
March 2 - June 29, 2019
$8,200.00 per person
Hotel Villa Marinera:
March 7 - July 4, 2019
$6,990.00 per person
Round-trip domestic flight from Havana to Cayo Largo, reception at the Cayo Largo Airport, ground transfers in Cayo Largo to the liveaboard, 7-nights on the liveaboard, all meals, and 6-days guided fishing.
Packages do not include:
International airfare, ground transfers from the Havana airport to the hotel of your choice, first and last night hotel in Havana, Marine Park Conservation Fee ($100.00 – may be paid online prior to your trip), open bar $200.00 (required), fishing tackle, fly rod, and reels, boarding tax of CUC 25 (CUC Cuban convertible peso – approx. $25.00 USD) 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.
Medical InsuranceFor Cuba, you absolutely need to have full, comprehensive medical insurance that completely covers you in the event of any injury or illness. If you are not sure of the extent of your current coverage, please contact your insurance provider to find out.
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.