Jardines de la Reina (also: Gardens of the Queen) is an archipelago in the southern part of Cuba, located in the Caribbean Sea. It is Cuba’s second largest archipelago formed by more than 600 cays and islands.
This is a unique place for different fishing styles.
Plenty of channels and straits along the coral reef reveal fantastic opportunities for any fisherman. Due to the archipelago stretching from the North to the South one can choose his own favorite fishing place, as well as to hide behind the islands in a windy weather.
The frequent reef trophy is Jack Crevalle (Caranx) with average weight 10 kg or Snapper (Kubera).
Jack is fearless – he bites at any lure that you offer. Once you’ve noticed an amber shoal near the surface – you’d better cast, and something is sure to get on the hook providing a desired moment of struggle. The fish doesn’t give up even inside the boat.
Barracuda is an immense part of the fishing experience here. Those cunning pervasive predators are often after the lure, yet closer to the boat they lose interest and dive deeper. They are often to jump out of the water with the lure in the mouth and cut it off by the devil sharp teeth, that’s why you’ll need to take many spare steel leaders. Barracuda’s teeth are legendary – the lure can be done away in a moment.
And surely – the Tarpon – silver king of the Caribbean Sea. This fishing battle will impress even the most experienced anglers. Constant jumps in the air and furious thrashing around reduce the reached control to nothing. That makes final victory so pleasant and exciting. The Tarpons up to 50-70 also happen quite often.
The Caribbean Sea and this Cuba adventure totally shift the stereotype that sea fishing is only limited by trolling. This fishing destination is very dynamic, multi-faceted and truly unforgettable.
One night before the fishing and one afterwards you’ll spend in a luxurious hotel Parque Central 5*, built in authentic colonial style.
The hotel is situated in the center of Old Havana. 200 m close to it there is a famous bar Floridita, where Hemingway used to spend time in. The bar also offers the best Mojito and Daiquiri cocktails. To the market where you can buy the souvenirs – it’s only 10 minutes walk via the old city.
ABOARD A YACHT:
YACHT – is a luxurious vessel with legendary past. 75 Ft long, equipped with 2 diesel engines, 450 h.p. each.
The vessel is constantly moving, allowing to fish even in the remote regions of Jardines de la Reina. Most destinations are 10 minutes from the yacht, making it easy to return on board to have a snack or have a rest. It’s possible to fish until the late evening, which is even more favorable for Bonfish perspectives. At sunset there might be a chance to trace and catch really big specimen of this fish.
The captain is aware of many wonderful fishing spots, and knows the secluded places where to go into anchor. Cachi Boca is one of such places. Here yacht stands in a very comfortable area. It’s far enough from the mangroves so that to escape from the insects. Besides, even when the severe wind blows – there’s only slight ripple on the water.
Arrival, transfer to the city hotel, Parque Central 5*, double accommodation, stay overnight
Early departure, driving to the Jukaro port (5 hours), boarding the boat, transfer to the hotel (3 hours) 4 a.m. – meeting in the hotel lobby and transfer to Jardines de la Reina to the Port Jukaro. 9 a.m. – transfer to yacht, fishing.
(7 a.m. – 8 a.m.) – breakfast, (8 a.m. – 5 p.m.) – fishing
Boat transfer to the Jukaro port, driving to Havana, hotel Parque Central 5* overnight
Driving to the Havana airport, departure ACCOMMODATION:
Aboard a yacht there are 6 suites with bathrooms, which is perfect for the fishermen group of 8-10 people.
Each room has a very comfortable bed and large storage sections for the equipment and apparel. There is a shower and hot water in each cabin.
The up-to-date prices – on request.
The chef-crew on yacht cooks very delicious and sophisticated dishes. Each day starts with a rich breakfast. The tasty lobsters and salads, as well as sandwiches are offered for dinner. The supper includes fresh sea-food and fish. The dinner is served on the open deck, where it’s comfortably cool. In a nasty weather the deck is protected by the transparent tents. While windy weather the guests have their meals in a spacious air-conditioned saloon.
There is a big cozy air-conditioned saloon on an upper deck furnished with sofa for a cocktail relax before the supper. The saloon is equipped with TV, DVD and high end sound system, allowing watching movies or connect one’s own camera to watch videos made during the day.