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Jardines de la Reina - Avalon IV

Jardines de la Reina
Accommodations
Live-aboard // Capacity - 16 Anglers
Season
Year-Round
Species
Bonefish, Permit, Tarpon & More
Ideal For
Solo Anglers & Friends
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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 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 most biologically diverse and healthy coral reef systems in the Caribbean, fish diversity is exceptional in ‘JDR.’ All fishing weeks onboard the Avalon IV yacht run from Saturday to the following Saturday, with five and a half full days of guided fishing. A normal week includes seven (7) nights aboard and group roundtrip transportation from to Jucaro Port from your arrival city. Upon arrival in Jucaro, clients board Avalon IV to head out to Jardines de la Reina. The season in the Jardines de la Reina runs from mid-October through the end of August, though the fishery can offer excellent fishing year-round.
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Lodging Details
The newest yacht in the Avalon fleet and launching in 2021, Avalon IV replaces the dilapidated Tortuga Houseboat in Jardines de la Reina. This massive 180-foot vessel, with a permanent mooring in the heart of Jardines de la Reina, offers 20 large staterooms with ample storage room in each room and en suite baths.

All staterooms offer plenty of space with private bathrooms, individual air conditioning, and heating controls, electricity plugs (220 and 110 volts), ample storage, and convertible double beds. A spacious and comfortable lounge area provides an indoor air-conditioned lounge area, a large indoor dining room located, and a rooftop sun deck and bar to take in the views of the Gardens of the Queens and mojitos at sunset.

This is a great option for couples or small groups who can use JA IV / Avalon IV as their base and floating hotel for the week in Jardines de la Reina. While aboard, you will be sharing the base with divers and other anglers as this is not a fishing only liveaboard, but serves as accommodations for many types of visitors to Jardines de la Reina.

Food and Beverages
Dining onboard Avalon IV is always amazing. The menu typically combines fantastic Continental Italian cuisine, fresh seafood every day, and traditional Cuban favorites like rice and beans, black bean soup, and fried plantains. If you are someone who enjoys fresh seafood, then you will be in heaven. The chefs aboard are happy to accommodate any dietary restrictions and requests that you may have. Beverages available on board include bottled water, various soft drinks, beer, rum, and imported wines. If you prefer liquor other than rum, you can bring this with you.

Typical Length of Stay
A typical stay in the Jardines de la Reina area is seven (7) nights / five and a half (5.5) fishing days, starting on Saturday and ending on Friday. A normal week includes five full days of fishing and one or two half days (depending on your schedule and mode of transportation to and from Jucaro). Additional days in Camaguey or on other parts of the island can be arranged. Combo trips between the Jardines de la Reina and other fishing areas can also be arranged. Please contact Yellow Dog for more details.

Non-Angling Activities and Options
These are remote live-aboard operations located in the mangrove wilderness of the Jardines de la Reina. This means that non-angling (and non-diving) activities are limited. If you are interested in diving, Avalon’s dive program is incredible and ‘JDR’ is considered by many to be one of the finest, most pristine dive and snorkel destinations in the entire world. Even anglers can participate in a shallow-water dive program on a few afternoons of their trip. This can be arranged after your day of fishing. Overall this specific destination is best suited for anglers and divers.

Internet / Communications
Wi-Fi is not available on Avalon IV. Some cell phone service providers now offer international plans that will allow for your phone to work while on mainland Cuba. While in Jardines de la Reina, there is NO cell service. Also, satellite phones are strictly prohibited in Cuba and will be confiscated at the airport on arrival.

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