Cuba: Jardines de la Reina, Cayo Largo, Isla de la Juventud, and Cayo Cruz

More than Just Bonefish, Tarpon, and Permit

Picture a large tropical island with vast wilderness flats bordering virgin mangroves adjacent to healthy coral reefs. Picture these flats teeming with abundant bonefish, permit, tarpon, snook and other game species. Then further visualize these areas being protected as national parks, with zero commercial fishing, and hardly any boat traffic, and a strictly limited number of sportfishing rods, catch and release only, all under the sound management of a company dedicated to preserving this flyfisherman’s paradise. Sounds too good to be true? This is Cuba.

Avalon Cuban Fishing Centers (ACFC) has been active in promoting Sportfishing in Cuba for 18 years. They have exclusive license to outfit for a limited number of rods in a few protected areas, both on the south and the north coast. ACFC destinations offer a mix or live aboard “mother ship” or land based accommodations which include Jardines de la ReinaCayo Largo and Isla de la Juventud on the south coast, and Cayo Cruz on the north coast.

Jardines de la Reina (Gardens of the Queen)

Bonefish, Permit and Tarpon! Grand Slam!

Isla de la Juventud (Island of Youth)

Big Tarpon and Snook!

Cayo Largo

Over 500 Fly Caught Permit!

Cayo Cruz

Big Bones and Tailing Pemit

2015 will be remembered in Angling history as the year it became legal for US Citizens, in possession of a “people to people” travel letter from the non-profit fisheries research and conservation organization Bonefish Tarpon Trust (BTT), to sport fish in Cuba.

2015 is also the year travel restrictions were lifted, making it legal for US airlines to fly to Cuba, US travel agents to book travelers to Cuba and US insurance companies to offer travel insurance to US Citizens traveling to Cuba.

Angler Adventures has been assisting a limited number of US anglers traveling legally to Cuba for several years. But, the easing of restrictions in general and the travel license from BTT in particular, opens the door for any US angler wanting to fish Cuba.

What hasn’t changed (and will take years to catch up) is the tourist infrastructure within Cuba and the transportation network to Cuba. Traveling to Cuba is still complex. We recommend using a knowledgeable, qualified travel agent, whether it’s your first trip or your twelfth.

In addition to having a staff of fishing experts, Angler Adventures is a full service travel agency, licensed to sell travel insurance. Angler Adventures can assist you in selecting a fishing location in Cuba, prepare you for what to fish for and what to bring, assist you in obtaining the travel letter from the BTT, assist with your Cuban Visa, create the most efficient travel itinerary for you and your group and offer you the protection of travel insurance for trip cancellation, trip interruption, emergency medical evacuation, and more.

Call us today at 1-800-628-1447. There is so much more we’d like to share with you about this fascinating country and phenomenal saltwater fishery.