JARDINES DE LE REINA - Kienes' Premier Destination
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 4. 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 Kiene's Fly Fishing Travel to represent! Four of our staff, along with many guests have already experienced Jardines de la Reina and we can not wait to go back!
Let Kiene's Fly Fishing Travel send you to Cuba! If you prefer going with an experienced travel pro, please join us on one of our hosted trips in 2020! Give us a call, let’s go to Cuba now!
At a Glance
Location: Jardines de la Reina, Cuba - Garden of the Queen
Target Fish: Tarpon of all sizes, Permit, Bones, Jacks, Barracuda
High Season: March-August
Low Season: Sept-February
Lodge Capacity: Avalon Fleet IV – 16 anglers
Nearest Airport: Camaguey, Santa Clara, Cayo Coco (all within 3 hours)
Documents Required: Passport (must be valid for at least six (6) months beyond the duration of your travel),
Cuban tourist card/visa,
Avalon conservation workshop itinerary for the general license of workshops and clinics (to be provided to you free of charge before your trip)
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. 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.
This amazing 180 foot vessel will come into service Aug 1, 2020 and be permanently moored in Jardines de la Reina and will feature 20 staterooms, a spacious lounge, a modern dining room, and a sun deck to enjoy every aspect of the Gardens of the Queen. Each room will include personalized air conditioning and heating controls, ample storage space, and convertible double beds.
The Jardines Avalon IV will be the perfect base of operations for your week of fly fishing, diving, eco adventuring, and experiencing the pristine nature of Jardines de la Reina through your conservation workshop program. Come join us in Cuba!
The helm deck includes four suites with balconies as well as a delightful jacuzzi and sun deck to enjoy the incredible views. The upper deck includes eight double rooms with private bathrooms as well as a lovely dining area and rear patio.
The main deck includes another eight double rooms, a comfortable lounge area with large couches and areas to relax. This is the main entrance area to the yacht and features a massive rear deck and platform to keep all of your gear organized and access easy. The lower deck is where the crew resides along with the engine room powering this incredible vessel.
Prior to the Avalon IV being put into service, your stay will be aboard the Avalon I
Guests fly into Havana's Camaguey, Santa Clara or Cayo Coco . You can fly in and arrive from just about any place in the world.
You will clear immigration and customs before heading to the main reception area of the airport. An Avalon representative will meet you and transfer you to Jucaro port. You will then enjoy a ferry transfer from Jucaro port to JARDINES AVALON IV in Jardines de la Reina.
High Season: March-August $5,990 pp/dbl occ
Low Season: Sept-February $3,990 pp/dbl occ
Reception at the Camaguey or Cayo Coco airport and group transfer to Jucaro port (round trip)
Ferry transfer from Jucaro port to JARDINES AVALON IV (NT) in Jardines de la Reina (round trip)
7 nights on JARDINES AVALON IV (NT); 6 days on full board basis
5 1/2 days of fishing
An immersive experience in participating in a sustainable conservation and fishing workshop with instruction by local Cuban guides and discussions with Cuban marine biologists. This qualifies your trip for legal travel as a US citizen. Read more about the Blue Sanctuary conservation program here: bluesanctuary.org
RATES DO NOT INCLUDE
Transfers from other airports (can be booked at a supplement)
Tips, personal expense; and drinks other than stated above.
Open bar fee: US$ 200 per person/week (to be included at your invoice)
Conservation fee per angler: US$ 100 (to be included at your invoice)
Tips, personal expense; and drinks other than stated above.