International Fly Fishing Travel - Jardines De La Reina - Cuba
About Jardines de la Reina
Named the Queen's Gardens by Christopher Columbus, the Jardines de la Reina is a pristine chain of islands that run more than one hundred miles to the northwest from Cuba's south-eastern coast. Most of the fishing area is forty to fifty miles offshore and has been designated as a Cuban National Park. As such, there is no commercial fishing in Avalon's exclusive area. There is no other pristine flats area in the world that has this size of fishery. With hundreds of miles of flats to fish, you will fish many areas where few anglers have ever thrown a fly.
The flats environment here is a fantastic combination of wadable white sand and turtle grass flats that are accessed by skiff. Tarpon are prolific with many "baby" tarpon - fish in the 10 - 40lbs class in the channels. On the flats the average size grows to 45-80 lbs with some specimens growing to 120-130 lbs in the deep ocean channel. Permit are also found in good numbers, and many of these fish will be in the twenty to thirty pound class, with a few well over thirty. For anglers that land a permit, there is an excellent chance of completing a Grand Slam the same day. Tarpon can be found at just about any time and tide level as can bonefish. Over the past five years, there have been numerous Grand Slams caught by fly fishermen. Often it is calm, and schools of tailing and laid up bones can be seen hundreds of yards away, their golden tails glistening in the light of the falling sun.
While you are in Jardines de la Reina, accommodations are provided on two large live-aboard boats. The primary craft is La Tortuga, a large 110 foot long double decked floating hotel with seven cabins for guests. La Tortuga is an unbelievably solid boat made of steel and anchored in a protected channel, so it never moves about. The threat of getting seasick is non-existent. Each cabin has its own shower with hot water, toilet and individually adjustable high tech air-conditioning system. A large air conditioned dining room downstairs with both a foredeck and afterdeck make this a very comfortable home away from home. The Tortuga normally accommodates 14 clients. For those looking for luxury there is Halcon, a 75ft luxury yacht equipped with six cabins, and three bathrooms. On the top deck there is a large sitting room, fully air-conditioned and a perfect place to have cocktails after fishing. Halcon is also suitable for non - fishers.
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