JARDINES DE LE REINA
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Destination Overview

Jardines de la Reina is a vast marine park larger in size than the Florida Keys. It is located about 60 miles off Cuba’s south central coast and is comprised of hundreds, if not thousands of mangrove islands and thousands of acres of fishable flats. It’s ideal for fly fishers who wish to experience fishing from dawn till dusk. More fishing hours are offered here than anywhere. This is because you will be on a live-aboard luxury yacht, The Avalon I or II or even the moored hotel, Tortuga! Here you will cast for everything - Tarpon of all sizes, Permit, bones, Jacks, Barracuda - you name it.

 

Think about a place where you can fish more than 100 miles of flats without seeing other fishing parties. The Cuban Fishing Center has exclusive rights to these waters and the skiffs are limited to 16 a day! Fishers have been known to catch seven species in one day, a place where big bonefish run toward your fly. This is a place where you have a legitimate chance for a Grand Slam every day of the year, and a place where you can wade miles of white-sand flats in your bare feet.

 

Fly fishing in Cuba is far different from other destinations in the Caribbean. Only in recent years has this flats fishery been developed, and you are fishing waters that have not seen sport fishing for nearly fifty years. Cuba has given these pristine areas protection as Cuban National Marine Parks, where no commercial fishing is allowed other than for lobster.

 

This is truly an exciting destination for Wild On The Fly Adventure Travel to represent! Four of our staff, along with twenty-nine guests have already experienced the Jardines in 2016 and we can not wait to go back!

Let Wild On The Fly send you to Cuba! If you prefer going with an experienced travel pro, please join us on one of our hosted trips in 2017! Give us a call, let’s go to Cuba now!

 

At a Glance

 

Location: Jardines de la Reina, Cuba

Target Fish: Tarpon of all sizes, Permit, Bones, Jacks, Barracuda

Time of Year: Mid-October – end of August

Lodge Capacity: Avalon Fleet I – 12 anglers, Avalon Fleet II – 16 anglers, La Tortuga – 14 anglers, Avalon III - 16 anglers. 

Nearest Airport: Santa Clara/ Camaguey or Cayo Coco Airport

Documents Required: Passport (must be valid for at least six (6) months beyond the duration of your travel). A visa is required for travelers from most countries

Avalon Fleet III - Jardines de la Reina, Cuba

Avalon I - Jardines de la Reina, Cuba

Fishing Program

Unlike many lodges, fishing hours are totally at the discretion of the clients. Our fishing day normally begins with breakfast at 7:00 am, and guides are ready to go fishing from 7: 45 am on. Many anglers elect to return to the yacht for a nice lunch especially during the summer season. Some of the flats are within fifteen minutes of the boat, and it is always nice to take a lunch break in the shade and relax a bit before fishing a long afternoon.

 

On other days when you will want to explore more distant flats that see little fishing pressure, you need to request box lunches for yourself and your guide the evening before. You can run as far as you like with guides to the most distant flats in the island system, as there is no limitation on gas used each day. Clients can fish late into the evening if they like. In the Jardines, it is common to have stronger wind in the mornings but then later in the afternoon it will often be calm making for superb late afternoon and evening fishing, especially for bonefish.

 

In Jardines de la Reina, the season is year round, except for September to mid-October when staff takes a well-earned break. A normal week includes five full days of fishing and one to two half days depending on your schedule and mode of transportation to Jucaro, port for the Jardines de la Reina archipelago.

Accommodations

Guests elect to stay on one of three yachts - The Tortuga, a 110-foot double-decker floating hotel (1-14 anglers), Avalon Fleet I, Avalon Fleet II or the new Avalon Fleet III. All accommodation are equipped with air conditioning, large dining areas and an exclusive crew. Guests enjoy their fishing dreams from the minute they step aboard and will be able to fish more hours and more species than in any other Caribbean destination.

 

Avalon Fleet I

Avalon Fleet I is an intimate, comfortable and stylishly designed yacht, where each space is created to provide guests with maximum comfort and safety. Its overall capacity is 18 passengers and 8 crew members. We suggest between 8 and 12 anglers for optimum comfort.

 

The ship’s cabins have been built with extreme care, emphasizing the importance of comfort and safety above all else. You’ll also find a blend of exquisite décor and great taste, so you definitely won’t miss anything from home. You’ll also experience warm and attentive service during your trip.

 

There are 8 deluxe king cabins, with 7 private bathrooms, with air conditioning and heat controls, electricity plugs, as well as storage in drawers. Each room has panoramic windows to enjoy the breathtaking view of the Caribbean beaches.

 

There is a spacious and comfortable combination lounge, dining room and bar area on the boat deck. This is where you will do much of your socializing and dining. The setting is casual and filled with fun and entertainment. In this area you can find DVDs and music to add even more enjoyment to your stay.

 

In cabins and common areas there are electric sockets available for you to plug in your personal items (220 volts and 110 volts).

 

The Avalon Fleet I is heaven-on-earth. The food is prepared in an immaculate galley by trained friendly chefs. Soon after arrival from fishing, there will be a fresh thin crust Caribbean pizza appetizer, and later a feast of fresh salads, fruit, breads and freshly caught seafood!

Breakfast on the boat includes table-side made to order eggs, fruit, fresh baked breads, cereals, and other treats.

 

Lunch on the boat is  a feast! Fresh fruit, salads, meat, hot sides and main dishes, pasta, chicken and seafood.The staff enjoys having you back for lunch!

 

Both yachts have fully stocked bars and a host to serve you or make your favorite drink.

 

Avalon Fleet II

Avalon II is a brand new state-of-the-art vessel, larger than Avalon I. Its overall capacity is 20 passengers and 9 crew members. We suggest between 10 and 16 anglers for optimum comfort. Avalon Fleet II has 10 deluxe cabins, with 10 private bathrooms. Each room includes air conditioning and heat controls, electricity plugs, as well as storage in drawers. Every room has panoramic windows to enjoy the breathtaking view of the Caribbean beaches.

 

The food is prepared in an immaculate galley by trained friendly chefs. Soon after arrival from fishing, there will be a fresh thin crust Caribbean pizza appetizer, and later a feast of fresh salads, fruit, breads and freshly caught seafood!

 

Breakfast on the boat includes table-side made to order eggs, fruit, fresh baked breads, cereals, and other treats.

 

Lunch on the boat is  a feast! Fresh fruit, salads, meat, hot sides and main dishes, pasta, chicken and seafood.The staff enjoys having you back for lunch!

 

There is a spacious and comfortable combination lounge, dining room and bar area on the boat deck. In cabins and common areas there are electric sockets available for you to plug in your personal items (220 volts and 110 volts).

 

Both yachts have fully stocked bars and a host to serve you or make your favorite drink.

 

La Tortuga

The Tortuga functions as a floating hotel with seven guest cabins that accommodate two anglers each. The Tortuga is a massive, double-decker steel houseboat that is permanently secured in a small, protected channel in the mangroves, so that it never moves, regardless of bad weather or wind. It is extremely stable and level at all times so there is never any chance of guests getting seasick.

 

The Tortuga was completely refurbished in 2008. This was a major rebuild with a total cost of 1.5 million USD. The guest cabins on the upper level all have their own bathrooms with sink and toilet and a good shower with plenty of hot water. Each cabin has its own easily adjustable air-conditioning system.

 

On the lower level you will find a large air-conditioned dining room along with both a foredeck, afterdeck, chairs and tables that are perfect for setting up your tackle, tying flies or relaxing after a day of fishing. You’ll find plenty of rod racks as well as good facilities for washing and cleaning your tackle.

 

The foredeck is everyone’s favorite place to enjoy appetizers like pizza and your favorite beverage before dinner. A great spot to kick back, relax, enjoy that perfect mojito or smoke a great Cuban cigar while swapping tales of the day’s fishing.

 

Dining on board combines the flair of the best Continental Italian cuisine, wonderful fresh seafood every day and traditional Cuban favorites like rice and beans, black bean soup and fried bananas. Beverages available on board include bottled water, Mineral and tonic water, various soft drinks, beer, rum and excellent wines. If you prefer liquor other than rum, you can bring this with you and the bartender will have whatever mixers you need.

 

Electricity on board is supplied by generators located on a small island nearby and is available twenty-four hours a day. You’ll find many outlets on board that provide both 110 and 220V. The satellite wireless connection makes communication with the outside world easy and is free for guests. You can use your laptop in the dining room at any time or in the cabins using the Avalon Hot Spot network as long as your laptop or other device has wireless.

Getting There

Guests fly into Havana's Jose Marti International Airport (HAV) and you can fly in and arrive from just about any place in the world. There are numerous daily flights in and out of Havana from Mexico, Canada, the Bahamas, Jamaica, Italy, and numerous other countries. Beginning in late 2016 US airlines will begin direct flights to Havana. Many guests choose to fly to Havana from Mexico City, which is a quick and easy trip.

 

You will clear immigration and customs in Havana before heading to the main reception area of the airport. An Avalon representative will meet you and accompany you, via taxi, to your hotel in downtown Havana (cab fare is not included in the package price). The next morning you will board a bus and depart for Jucaro (about a 6 hour ride). At Jucaro you’ll board Avalon I, Avalon II or The Tortuga and take a beautiful boat ride (about 3 hours) to Jardines de la Reina.

 

Avalon I 2018 Season

Prices per boat, 6 skiffs, full yacht in exclusivity. Week starting Saturday and ending the following Saturday.

 

Prices are in US$. Week starting Saturday and ending the following Saturday

Low Season: Sept. 1 - Jan. 5

Group of 12 anglers - 7 nights/6 days fishing: $4,225. per person

Half boat

Group of 6 anglers - 7 nights/6 days fishing: $4,225. per person

Included: Reception at the Santa Clara / Camaguey or Cayo Coco airport, 7 nights on Avalon Fleet I; 6 days on full board basis; 6 full days fishing, Beverages on board - 10 beers & 30 drinks (water & soft drinks) per angler, per week

 

Not included: Transfer from Airport to Jucaro port, gratuity to guides and staff, visa, personal expense; and drinks other than stated above. $ 100 conservation fee

 

Avalon II 2018 Season

Prices per boat, 5 skiffs, 10 clients in single room base Week starting Saturday and ending the following Saturday

 

Prices are in US$. Week starting Saturday and ending the following Saturday

Low Season: Sept 2 (2017) - March 3 and July 14 – Sept. 1

Group of 10 anglers - 7 nights/ 6 days fishing: : $5,720. per person

 

High Season: March 3 - July 14

Group of 10 anglers - 7 nights/ 6 days fishing: : $8,200. per person

 

Included: Reception at the Santa Clara / Camaguey or Cayo Coco airport, 7 nights on Avalon Fleet II; 6 days on full board basis; 6 full days fishing, Beverages on board - 10 beers & 30 drinks (water & soft drinks) per angler, per week.

 

Not Included: Transfer from Airport to Jucaro port, gratiuity to guides and staff, visa, personal expense; and drinks other than stated above. $ 100 conservation fee

Tortuga 2018 Season

Prices are in US$. Week starting Saturday and ending the following Saturday

Low Season: Sept. 2 (2017) - March 3 and July 14 - Sept. 1

7 nights/ 6 days fishing: $3,990

 

High Season: March 3 - July 14

7 nights/ 6 days fishing: $6,300

 

Included: Reception at the Santa Clara / Camaguey or Cayo Coco airport 7 nights on Tortuga; 6 days on full board basis; 6 full days fishing Beverages on board - 10 beers & 30 drinks (water & soft drinks) per angler, per week

 

Not Included: Transfer from Airport to Jucaro port, gratuity to guides and staff, visa, personal expense; and drinks other than stated above. $ 100 conservation fee

Avalon III 2019 Season

Prices are in US$. Week starting Saturday and ending the following Saturday.

Price based on 12 anglers. 

Low Season: Jan. 5 - March 2 and July 13 - Dec. 28, 2019

7 nights/ 6 days fishing: $4,500

High Season: March 2 - July 13, 2019

7 nights/ 6 days fishing: $7,580

 

Included: Reception at the Santa Clara / Camaguey or Cayo Coco airport 7 nights on Tortuga; 6 days on full board basis; 6 full days fishing Beverages on board - 10 beers & 30 drinks (water & soft drinks) per angler, per week

Not Included: Gratuity to guides and staff, visa, personal expense; and drinks other than stated above. $ 100 conservation fee

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