CUBA - JDR  TORTUGA

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

Fishing from the Tortuga is an excellent option for those who are looking to enjoy more flexibility than most traditional lodges will allow. Fishing hours are totally at the discretion of the guests, unlike the majority of lodges in operation. The fishing day normally begins with breakfast at 7:00am, with a 7:45am departure. A lot of guests choose to return to the boat for a great lunch, particularly when it is hot during the spring and summer months. Some of the flats as close as fifteen minutes from the floating hotel and it's always a good idea to take a break from the sun while having lunch if you plan on a long afternoon of fishing the flats. Others that are going farther or would like to spend the day on the flats can do so by requesting a packed lunch the night before. Clients can fish late into the evening if they like and there is never a daily gasoline limitation for the guides. The bonefishing in JDR is superb and the flats are both beautiful and productive. This is a real mixed bag flats environment with everything from white sand flats to lush grass flats. Guests will have numerous daily shots at bonefish in the seven to nine pound class and bones in the 10-14 lb. range are being landed on a consistent basis over the past 3 years. This is an excellent location to sight cast to tarpon. The countless rivers and creeks that flow through the islands and flats are a magnet to tarpon and fish in the 25-50 pound class are available in this wonderful ecosystem on a year round basis. The larger fish will show beginning in mid March and will hold through the Summer.


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

Dolphin Super Skiffs powered by 80 h.p. engines

Fly and spin casting welcome

* There are a limited number of fly rods and rental gear available

Species

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

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Season

Year-round

Capacity

12 anglers

Accommodations

Guests fishing JDR will stay on board the Tortuga, a 110 foot double-decker floating hotel. The Tortuga was completely refurbished in 2007 and is an extremely sturdy vessel. The ship is made of steel and has been anchored in a protected channel, so that it never moves about. The threat of getting seasick is non-existent as the boat does not move at all. Each cabin has its own shower with hot water, toilet and individually adjustable high tech air-conditioning system. A large air-conditioned dining room downstairs with both a foredeck and afterdeck makes this a very comfortable home away from home. Around the clock fresh water is guaranteed by a desalination unit that produces 1,000 gallons per day. The generators are located on a small island close to the lodge and run 24/7 providing electricity. This is a smooth operation that is 100% dialed in to provide great comfort for anglers in a logistically complex environment.

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. From the port, guests will board a 46 foot boat for the ride out to the Tortuga. Guests will start fishing right after lunch has been served.

What's included

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

What's not included

  • * Round trip airfare to Villa Clara
  • 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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