CUBA - JDR LIVE ABOARDS

Location

Jardines De La Reina (JDR for short) is located in south east Cuba, approximately 75 miles off the coast of the state Camaguey. Because of its natural beauty and extraordinary bio diversity, it has been designated a National Park by the Cuban Government.

The Fishing

The entire Jardines De la Reina fishing area is ribboned with more channels, flats, and creeks that you could possibly fish in 10 trips to this location. The Halcon will cruise the waterways in search of the best fishing grounds found within the parks boundaries. The guides are all familiar with the territory that the ship will be cruising in and guests simply have to decide what it is that they are most interested in fishing for. Flytreks has arranged a charter for a week in March and our emphasis for the week will be tarpon, to the exclusion of all other species. This kind of flexibility is unique to live aboards in the JDR because of the exceptional and abundant fishing found there. Guests can fish for as long as they want to during the course of the day, from sunrise to sunset and even after dark, if guests care to throw a popper. This is also a great option for guests who want to focus on a Grand Slam. The guides are knowledgeable, hard working and eager to deliver the trip of a lifetime from our private charter.


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.

Logistics

The week begins on Saturday and ends the following Friday. Please note that all guests will need to fly into Havana the Friday before their week starts in order to make the early Saturday morning hotel pick up for the drive to the Port of Jucaro. Guests will also spend an additional night in Havana on the back end of their trip, unless they have an early evening flight out of Havana.

Boats and Equipment

The flats skiffs used in JDR from the Halcon are Dolphin Sup Skiffs powered by 80 h.p. engines

Fly and spin casting welcome

* No rental gear is available at this location

Species

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

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Season

Year-round

Capacity

8 anglers

Accommodations

The Halcon is The Flagship luxury yacht of the live aboard fleet at JDR. 75 feet in length, it is equipped with six cabins and three bathrooms. Good showers with plenty of hot water make things comfortable. Up top there is a large salon, which is fully air-conditioned and a perfect place to have cocktails after fishing or before dinner. Meals are usually served on the afterdeck where there is normally a nice breeze. The chef on the Halcon does a wonderful job with the meals. Dinners are primarily seafood consisting of fresh fish, lobster and conch. For those that would like something different, chicken and pork are also available. There are two other live aboards, La Reina and Caballones which can also be chartered to cruise and fish the Jardines De La Reina area. Contact us for availability and pricing on these yachts at doug@flytreks.com

Getting There

Guests will fly into Havana on Friday where you will be met by a Flytreks representative as soon as you clear customs. Once you clear customs guests will need to take a taxi from the airport to the Hotel Park Central, which is located in downtown Havana. On Saturday morning, guests will be picked up at their hotel for the shuttle down to the Port of Jucaro, which is about a 5 hour drive in on of our air conditioned buses. Depending on the circumstances, guests will either directly board the Halcon at Jucaro or guests will board a 46 foot boat for the ride out to the yacht, which will be positioned at a specific location in the outer islands. Guests will start fishing right after lunch has been served.

What's included

  • Being met as soon as you clear customs at Havana
  • Round trip taxi service to from and to the airport on arrival and departure days
  • All transfers inside Cuba as per program below
  • 2 nights in Havana at a 4 Star downtown hotel before and after fishing week (double occupancy) breakfast included
  • 6 nights on board the Halcon (double occupancy) full board
  • 5 full days and two half days of guided fishing (double occupancy in skiff)
  • Marine Park license

What's not included

  • Round trip airfare to Havana
  • Meals and beverages on your 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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