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Cuba: The Caribbean’s VERY Best Tarpon Weeks

The Jardines de la Reina (“Gardens of the Queen”) is a vast marine park and archipelago in the southern part of Cuba. Collectively, it is an area and a fishery that is larger in size than the Florida Keys. This resource is ideal for fly fishermen in search of a remote setting, a pristine and untouched ecosystem, and long days on the water. 

It is a fishery that is home to very large numbers of tarpon in the 40 to 80-pound range, as well as large bonefish, permit, jacks, barracuda and numerous other species. One of the nicest yachts in Avalon’s operations, Avalon II is ideal for intact groups of 8-14 anglers and guests. This fully mobile fishing platform offers comfortable accommodations, an excellent crew, experience fishing guides, air-conditioned staterooms, delicious seafood and access to some of the finest fishing in the entire Caribbean. With all Avalon Fleet II packages, anglers can expect long days on the water with more hours of fishing than any other destination and excellent food.

Our June departures are both on absolutely PRIME dates for the Jardines de la Reina fishery and are aboard one of our favorite boats – Avalon II. Excellent food, terrific and experienced guides and a diverse and ecologically rich fishery all combine for a few spots on dates that we honestly can’t believe haven’t been snapped up yet.


TRIP DETAILS – Jardines de la Reina – Avalon Fleet II Live-Aboard


Day 1 (Friday)- Fly to Fort Lauderdale (FLL) and overnight

Day 2 (Saturday)- Fly FLL to Camaguey (CMW) to then transfer to Jucaro Port where you meet Avalon II and motor to Jardines de la Reina (off the southern coast of Cuba)

Day 3-8 – Six (6) full days of double occupancy guided fly fishing in Jardines de la Reina

Day 9 (Saturday) – Avalon II will motor back to Jucaro Port where you will disembark and return to Camaguey. Departure flights on American Airlines back to Miami can be booked on this day OR you can elect to overnight in Camaguey (Yellow Dog can arrange hotels) and depart the following day back to Fort Lauderdale (Sunday)


June 1-8, 2019
4 rods due to cancellations!

June 8-15, 2019 – YD Hosted with Doug McKnight
3 rods left


Package price: $7,700 per person (based on double occupancy)

What’s Included:

  • Reception upon arrival in Camaguey Airport
  • Land and water transfers to/from the airport to Avalon Fleet II mothership
  • Seven (7) nights’ accommodations on Avalon Fleet II (double occupancy staterooms)
  • Six (6) full days of guided fishing (two anglers per skiff)
  • Three meals per day (all-inclusive meal service)
  • Taxes and GSTs
  • All travel paperwork and documentation required to make your trip legal under US law

What’s Not Included:

  • International flights to Camaguey Airport (CMW) – These can be arranged through Yellow Dog
  • Additional transfers or accommodations while in Cuba – Yellow Dog can help make arrangements if needed
  • Entry Visa
  • Meals, drinks, taxis and any additional expenses while not on board Avalon II
  • Fishing tackle, equipment, flies and all terminal tackle
  • Gratuities for guides and staff (must be paid in cash with CUCs)
  • Other items of a personal nature
  • All-inclusive bar tab while aboard Avalon II (Includes water, beer, cocktails and soft drinks) at $200 per person
  • $100 Conservation Fee (for fishing in a marine protected area)

For more information please contact kristen [at] yellowdogflyfishing [dot] com (Kristen Tripp) or call 888-777-5060


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