Salt, Sun, and Fun!
Silver Bow is headed back to Jardines de la Reina, Cuba for Round Two of some more saltwater fly fishing action! Back in 2015 Mike and I went to this forgotten land with a great group of friends and had a good time chasing bones, permit, and tarpon around.
For 2020 Mike Visintainer and Bo Brand are headed there another week of salt, sun, and fun. They have the first week of February 2020 reserved on the Avalon II ship and have most of the group spaces already booked, but have
3 more two openings left. If you are interested in joining Mike and Bo on this first class saltwater trip don't hesitate to reach out, these deals often get snatched up fast once we put the word out! The words is OUT!
- Location - Jardines de la Reina, Cuba
- Species - Bonefish, Permit & Tarpon
- Dates - January 30 - February 8, 2020
- Spaces Available - 3 of 12
- Rate - $6,170 per person based on double occupancy. Includes open bar fee.
- Included - Transfers from Havana to Jucaro/Jucaro to Camaguey, accommodations and meals on Avalon Fleet II, guided fishing, open bar, conservation fee.
- Not Included - Round trip flights to Havana/ from Camaguey, Cuba, Cuban tourist/visa card, departure taxes, people to people license, accommodation, taxis and personal expenses in Havana, and staff & guide gratuities, fishing tackle.
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Jardines de la Reina is a remote archipelago of islands lying some 50 miles off the southern coast of the Cuban mainland. This is a protected marine area with a limited number of catch and release anglers, divers and eco-tourists allowed to visit annually. The habitat here is pristine and untouched, enabling bonefish, permit, tarpon, barracuda, jacks and snapper to flourish. With a total fishing area greater than the Florida Keys, anglers are given a large area per skiff to fish, ensuring that they rarely see other fishermen. In fact, Avalon only allows a maximum of 15 skiffs fishing JDR at any one time. Fishing is consistent throughout the entire year. While tarpon under 30 pounds are always available, the truly giant fish arrive in April and stay through the end of June, and sometimes into July. September is generally a month reserved for boat maintenance and guide vacations due to hurricane season.
Given its remote location, getting to Jardines de la Reina is somewhat more complicated than other Cuban destinations. Guests overnight in Havana, and with an early wake up call board a bus for a 5 hour cross-country ride. After a few break stops and lots of time to view life in Cuba from the window, the bus arrives at the port of Jucaro. There, guests either join the boat they will be staying on or a transport boat if staying on the Tortuga, and travel another 3 - 4 hours to the fishing grounds. Standard packages here include five full days of fishing and typically a few hours on both the arrival and departure days.
The Avalon Fleet 2 is one of the newest, and most luxurious of all the boats in the Avalon fleet. In service since April of 2014, the AF2 has 10 state rooms.Each of these have their own bathrooms, A/C, electrical plug-ins, and drawers for storage. Although it can accommodate more, we find the best group sizes are from 10-14 anglers. With a staff of 9-12, your every need is taken care of. Rods and reels are rinsed for you upon your return from fishing, and drinks and appetizers served shortly after. The kitchen staff is very adept at making things from scratch (including pasta), and the daily meals are hearty and fresh. Lunches are either served on board the AF2, or on your skiff depending upon your preference. This luxury yacht has three different levels. Coming from the skiffs, the aft deck is roomy, allowing for flats boots to be taken off and stored, and rods and reels rinsed an organized. The state rooms are accessed from this deck. Up a short flight and guests find another aft deck perfect for evening appetizers and socializing. The dining area is adjacent to this deck, and has a/c and plenty of room for large groups. The upper deck is spacious, and a great spot to take in evening sunsets, or enjoy a Mojito in the hot tub.