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Cuba: Discounted Rates and Rare Availability

May 09, 23

Jardines de la Reina, or the “Gardens of the Queen,” is one of Cuba’s most prized fisheries, famous for great numbers of tarpon in the 40-80# range, permit, and large bonefish. The trip is characterized by long fishing days, excellent liveaboard accommodations, and quick access to a pristine and well-protected tropical fishery. Anglers traveling to JDR stay aboard the Avalon IV, the newest of the Avalon fleet, complete with large staterooms, private bathrooms, comfortable shared lounge areas, and a rooftop deck perfect for enjoying sunset mojitos.

When: May 6 – 13, 2023 (Two rods available)

Discounted Rate: $5,832 per angler (Regular Rate of $7,290)

What’s Included:

  • Meet-and-greet reception upon arrival to Camaguey International Airport (CMW)
  • Land and water transfers to/from Camaguey to Jucaro and Avalon IV
  • Seven (7) nights accommodations on Avalon IV
  • Six (6) full days of guided fishing (two anglers per skiff)
  • Three meals per day (all-inclusive meal service)
  • Taxes and GSTs
  • Full bar tab and all-inclusive drinks while aboard

What’s Not Included:

  • International flights to Havana (HAV) or Cayo Coco (CCC) – Yellow Dog can help arrange
  • Entry Visa for Cuba
  • Fishing tackle, equipment, flies and all terminal tackle
  • Gratuities for guides and staff
  • Other items of a personal nature
  • Conservation Fee ($300)

Additionally, Cuba’s preeminent permit fishery, Cayo Largo, has prime availability for a group of anglers. Based on the Avalon I, late May offers anglers excellent permit fishing, abundant bonefish, and opportunities for migratory and resident tarpon. The trip requires a yacht buyout with a minimum of 6 anglers, perfect for an intact group of friends anxious to spend some time together in paradise.

When: May 27 – June 3, 2023 (Minimum of six anglers required)

Rate: $7,590 per angler

What’s Included:

  • Meet-and-greet reception upon arrival at Havana’s Jose Marti International Airport (HAV)
  • Seven (7) nights’ accommodations aboard JA 1 (ten suites aboard – 8 single rooms and 2 double rooms)
  • Six (6) full days of guided fishing (two people per skiff)
  • Transfers on arrival and departure from Havana to Puerto Zapesca
  • Three meals per day while on JA 1 (all-inclusive meal service)
  • Full bar tab and all-inclusive drinks while aboard
  • Taxes and GSTs

What’s Not Included:

  • International flights to Havana (HAV) – (Yellow Dog can arrange these flights)
  • Additional hotel nights in Havana (HAV) – (Yellow Dog can arrange for accommodations in Havana)
  • Meals, drinks, taxis, tours, and any additional expenses while in Havana
  • Fishing tackle, equipment, flies, and all terminal tackle (can be rented) – YD recommends bringing your own!
  • Diving equipment for dives (can be rented)
  • Cuban entrance visa
  • Gratuities for guides and staff
  • Other items of a personal nature
  • Conservation Fee ($300 USD)

Finally, Isla de la Juventud has some rare early summer availability to enjoy one of the world’s finest tarpon fisheries. This time of year is regarded as the best time to target large tarpon, as well as big bonefish and the occasional permit. The snook fishing in the area is also amazing – hands-down the best in all of Cuba. Expect multiple shots for all types of species, and come prepared with multiple rod set-ups for tarpon, bones, permit, snook, ‘cuda, and more.

When: June 24 – July 01, 2023 (Eight rods available)

Rate: $7,790 per angler

What’s Included:

  • Meet-and-greet reception upon arrival in Havana’s Jose Marti International Airport (HAV)
  • Seven (7) nights accommodations aboard Avalon I
  • Three meals per day (all-inclusive meal service)
  • Six (6) full days of guided fishing (two anglers per skiff) from Avalon I
  • Beverages while aboard Avalon I
  • Taxes and GSTs

What’s Not Included:

  • International flights to and from Havana (HAV)
  • Cost of taxi transfers from Havana Airport to the hotel in Havana on arrival and departure days
  • Visa
  • Meals, drinks, taxis, and any additional expenses while in Havana
  • Fishing tackle, equipment, flies, and all terminal tackle
  • Cuban entrance visa
  • Gratuities for guides and staff
  • Conservation Fee ($300)

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