CAYO LARGO

Location

Situated about 70 miles off the southern coast of Cuba, the island of Cayo Largo sits on the eastern edge of the Archipelago De Los Canarreos. The archipelago is a beautiful chain of 350 islands that are as pristine as any group of islands on the planet. The natural beauty of these islands led the Cuban Government to turn the entire Cayo Largo area into a National Park, with a strictly enforced ban on commercial fishing.

The Fishing

The Cayo Largo fishing area is a classic ocean flats eco system, made up of large mangrove islands and bays, semi soft marl, healthy turtle grass flats and hard packed sand flats which are excellent for wading. There are only 6 flats boats allowed to fish the entire park, meaning that there are thousands of acres of flats per boat per day. The whole Cayo Largo area is an ideal bonefish habitat and the bones on average are bigger than just about everywhere. Guests can expect to land several fish during the course of the week that will tip the scales between 8-10 pounds. This is also probably the best location in Cuba for specifically targeting permit. Most of the permit are found in 3-4 feet of water and are often cruising behind feeding rays. We do find tailing fish in certain locations and the guides know where to go if this is something guests want to try. Juvenile tarpon in the 20-50 pound range can be targeted in the Winter and Spring months and the larger fish will generally show from May through August. The Cayo Largo fishing area is broken down into six sections and each day the skiffs rotate into a new area. This means that guests are constantly fishing new water each day and have that area to themselves. There are normally between 25-30 Grand Slams caught at Cayo Largo each year making this one of the top destinations in the world for achieving this rare angling feat.


Trip Information

Documents Required

A valid passport that does not expire for at least 6 months after your departure from Cuba

A Cuban Entry Visa.

Boats and Equipment

The flats skiffs at Cayo Largo are 18 foot Dolphin Super Skiffs powered by 90 horsepower engines. The boats have rod holders and poling platforms and a generous casting area at the front of the skiff.

Fly and spin casting welcome

* No gear available from this location

Species

bonefish, permit, tarpon, mutton and cubera snapper, jack crevelle, barracuda

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Season

Year-round

Capacity

12 anglers

Accommodations

All guests fishing at Cayo Largo stay at the Sol Melia Club Cayo Largo. This hotel is by far the best of the eight that are on the island and Sol Club has just about everything to make your stay a comfortable one. There are several restaurants, a massive pool and three bars on the hotel grounds. The beach is stunning and if there are non-anglers coming on the trip, they will love the white sand, gorgeous turquoise waters and cool drinks. The hotel rooms are spread out around the large pool and run towards the beach. The rooms are bright and airy and have air-conditioning, TV, and lots of storage space for the gear hounds.

Getting There

Guests will fly into Havana on Friday where they will be met by a Flytreks representative. Once you clear customs guests will take a waiting taxi from the airport to the Hotel Parque Central, which is located in downtown Havana. On Saturday morning, guests will be picked up at their hotel for the shuttle out to the regional airport on the outskirts of Havana. The flight from Havana to Cayo Largo takes 30 minutes and usually leaves Havana at 7:30am, which means that we'll be picking guests up in the lobby of their hotel at no later than 5:30am. This is the only flight of the day from Havana to Cayo Largo.

What's included

  • Being met as soon as you clear customs in Havana
  • Round trip ground transportation to the hotel and airport
  • All transfers inside Cuba as per program
  • 2 nights in Havana at a 4-star downtown hotel before and after fishing week (double occupancy) breakfast included
  • 7 nights in Cayo Largo at the Sol Club (double occupancy) full board
  • 6 days of guided fishing (double occupancy in boat)
  • Marine Park license

What's not included

  • Round trip airfare to Cayo Largo
  • Extra beverages and food on International arrival and departure days
  • Cuban Visa
  • Alcohol
  • Fishing gear
  • Gratuities
  • Departure tax is typically included in international airfare – please check with airline
  • Mandatory Cuban Medical Insurance Policy as of May 1, 2010

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