Jardines de la Reina - Avalon Cuban Fishing Centers
Jardines de la Reina is Spanish for “Gardens of the Queen.” A vast, protected marine park that is twice the size of the Florida Keys. The archipelago is made up of more than 600 cays and islands, and the undisturbed flats run on for miles and miles. Avalon has been the exclusive fishing operator at Jardines de la Reina since 1993.
Fly Fishing Jardines de la Reina
Among their four liveaboards (three yachts and a large double-decker floating hotel) Avalon keeps a maximum of 15 Dolphin 16' Super Skiffs teamed with Yamaha 70-h.p. motors at Jardines de la Reina throughout the week.
This keeps the fishing pressure very, very low. Jardines de la Reina (JDR) offers more fishing hours than any Avalon’s destination and is ideal for fly anglers who desire to fish from dawn till dusk.
Permit: Permit are the ultimate flats challenge, and many fly fishermen have been taken to school by this wary fish. The best locations in Cuba to consistently find permit are in Jardines de la Reina and Cayo Largo. Both locations are 60 to 80 miles offshore, along Cuba’s southern coast. The optimal times to fish for permit here are between March and July, as well as in the month of November when the tides are high. Like Cayo Large, JDR is also an outstanding location for Grand Slams and Super Slams, in large part because the permit fishing is consistently good.
Tarpon and Permit
Tarpon: For their Avalon locations, JDR and Isla de la Juventud are the best for tarpon fishing. Peak tarpon fishing is February to late-July, with April through July being the best time for large tarpon.
Bonefish: are available year-round at all Avalon operations. In JDR, the morning winds often calm down in the afternoons, and fishing in the late afternoon can be superb, especially for bones.
Mutton snappers: are everywhere in the JDR, and plenty are found and landed 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.
Numerous other species: Anglers that want to troll off the reef with plugs, bait, and even flies, encounter many other species of fish. Various snappers including the huge cubera snapper are present as well as groupers, jacks, kingfish, albacore, wahoo, bonito and big ‘cudas. One group of visiting anglers caught 25 different species of fish off the reef in one day.
The Avalon Liveaboard Fleet
The Avalon Fleet has three air-conditioned yachts with electricity, private cabins, and bathrooms, plus The La Tortuga, a large double-decker steel houseboat
that is permanently secured in a small, protected channel of a big island. All liveaboards have electricity. The La Tortuga is the only one that has Wi-Fi access.
Meals on board: There is a buffet-style breakfast each morning. Lunches are either taken back at the liveaboard each day or can be packed ahead of time. Dinners include seafood, pork, chicken, and vegetables. Wine and dessert are served with dinner each night.
You’ll fly into Jose Marti International Airport in Havana. You will need to take a taxi from the airport to the hotel. The ride to the hotel is approximately 20-minutes and will cost $25.00 USD. You’ll stay the first and last night at a five-star hotel. (These two hotel nights are included in the package.) The next morning at 4:00 a.m., your group will be picked up from the hotel, and you'll travel about six hours to the Jucaro Port in a 40-seat air-conditioned bus, with a bathroom onboard. At the port, you’ll board your yacht, and make the three-hour trip to Jardines de la Reina.
8-nights and 5-full days
+ 1-half day guided fishing
(6-nights on liveaboard, plus 2-nights in Havana in a 5-star hotel.)
Peak Season Rates:
April 29 – June 2, 2017:
La Tortuga floating hotel:
La Reina – perfect for small groups
Halcon luxury yacht:
$7,500.00 p.p. Avalon Fleet I – 4 skiffs:
8 anglers in single room basis
$80,600.00 per group
Avalon Fleet II – 5 skiffs:
10 anglers in single room basis
$100,800.00 per group
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reception at Havana airport, all ground transfers inside Cuba (excluding airport/hotel); first and last night’s double-occupancy accommodations in a Havana 5-star hotel (breakfast included); transfer to/from Jucaro Port to/from Jardines de la Reina, 6-nights on yacht/liveaboard in double occupancy room (full board basis), guided fishing (two people per skiff), fishing licenses, $220.00 boat fuel charge, and beverages on board – 10 beers and 30-drinks (water and soft drinks).
Packages do not include:
flight to Havana, visa, a marine park license and humanitarian license. Packages also do not include: fishing tackle, fly rod, and reels; Cuban visa, boarding tax of CUC 25 (CUC Cuban convertible peso) to be paid at airport before leaving, if not included in your airfare; the Marine Park Conservation Fee ($100.00 – may be paid online prior to your trip); gratuities, personal expenses, beverages other than those stated above, and anything not mentioned under inclusions.
Friday: Flight arrival in Havana. Take a taxi to the 5-star hotel in Havana for overnight. The transfer is not included in the package.
Saturday: At 4:00 a.m. meet in the hotel lobby for a six-hour bus ride to Jucaro Port. Board your yacht for the three-hour trip to Jardines de la Reina. In the afternoon, you’ll get in a half day of fishing.
Sunday – Friday: 7:00 a.m. wake-up call. 7:30 a.m. breakfast. 8:00 a.m. fishing.
Friday: Lunchtime, transfer back to Havana City. Arrive in Havana at approximately 8:30 p.m. Stay overnight at a 5-star hotel, included in the package.
Saturday: Take a taxi to Havana International Airport for your international flight home. (The transfer is not included in the package.)