Cayo Largo, Cuba
The premier destination in Cuba for a Grand Slam
Cayo Largo is in the South Central region of the Cuban Archipelago, and it’s one of the last virtually untouched eco systems left on the planet. With 17 miles (27 Km) of fine white sand beaches, the surrounding ocean produces a spectacular kaleidoscope of colours. Cayo Largo offers anglers the perfect combination of great fishing for bonefish, permit, tarpon, cubera snapper and other flats species all from a comfortable liveaboard vessel.
Cuban fly fishing at its best
The Cuban Government has made the area around Cayo Largo some 240 square kilometres a prestigious national park – Cayo Largo’s playground.
The cays of Cayo Largo are uninhabited and apart from those that you fish with the only people you will see are a few commercial lobster fishermen. Cayo Largo is therefore an ideal habitat for bonefish, tarpon and permit. It is made up a series of cays, mangrove lagoons and flats that run for some 50 kilometres. The flats tend to be white sand interspersed with turtle grass ideal for those who want to wade. Around the cays are mangroves and the wading can be a little trickier, so fishing is primarily done from the boats. Most days you will have the option of either fishing from the skiff or wading. Through the flats and cays you find deeper channels that provide perfect areas for tarpon to feed on the bountiful shoals of sardines. When the tides are right you can see them move onto the flats providing great sport.
On the slightly deeper parts of the flats you will see schools of permit and you will feel the Grand Slam is seemingly moments away. There are some areas that have still not seen a fisherman or a fly, and part of the fun will be finding new and productive areas.
The beginning of the season from November to January is very good, with plenty of bonefish (especially big ones) on the flats and mangrove areas. Fishing for tarpon and other species can also be excellent.
Peak fishing season is from February to June, when all species are present in the area. Tarpon, bones, permit and jacks will be encountered during these months. The migratory tarpon, up to 80/ 100 lbs (average 15/30 lbs) are regularly spotted and shots at permit are frequent. Peak season is the best time to try for a Gland Slam. Numerous Grand Slams are achieved each season as well as a few Super Grand Slams (tarpon, bonefish, permit and snook).
An all inclusive resort
While you are at Cayo Largo, accommodations are provided aboard the purpose-built liveaboard vessel, Jardines Avalon 1. The boat offers a unique and comfortable experience.
Jardines Avalon I
JA-I has exceptional cruising capabilities allowing you to access the most remote areas of the Jardines de la Reina archipelago during your week. There are a total of 10 rooms with two being convertible queen size cabins featuring side by side beds and eight deluxe state rooms each with single side by side beds. Each state room is equipped with its own private bathroom, toilet, shower, individual climate controls and a safe. The vessel also features an air-conditioned lounge, dining area with bar, shaded upper sun deck and jacuzzi.
The food aboard all of the Avalon vessels is a wonderful selection of Cuban cuisine, grilled fresh seafood and vegetables along with many international delights. The chefs are well versed in many different styles and will be sure to amaze you during your stay aboard. In addition there is a full bar with a selection of Cuban beers and rum, international wines, and a variety of spirits. The attentive crew will be there to take care of your every need and make sure you have a wonderful trip.
From time to time, some fishing weeks may be made available to be based from the The Sol Club Cayo Largo.
The Sol Club is a beautiful all-inclusive resort located on the southern shore Cayo Largo del Sur. Cayo Largo is situated in the Canarreos Archipelago, on the southwestern coast of Cuba and belongs to “Municipio Especial Isla de la Juventud”. It is 177 km from Havana City and has 27 km of cool fine-grain white sandy beaches.
This all inclusive facility offers a broad array of services and attractions with comfortable rooms with a terrace or balcony overlooking the beach and sea. A broad variety of restaurants and bars are available where guests can savour the best of Cuban and international cuisine.
The Resort is only five minutes from the International Airport. It offers a total of 296 comfortable rooms with a terrace or balcony overlooking the ocean, including 8 Junior Suites and 52 deluxe rooms. This is the perfect destination to bring along a non-fishing wife or girlfriend.
“The beauty of Cayo Largo is the variety of species you can target. We ended up with two Super Grand Slams, one Grand Slam with the week totaling 2 snook, 4 permit, 10 tarpon, 177 bonefish, 24 barracuda, 9 jack crevalle, 21 snapper, 1 box fish, 1 shark and 676 Mohitos. The tarpon were a good size with one of 100 lbs, one of 80 lbs and another of 70 lbs. One of the permit was a bruising 20 lbs and took at least forty minutes to land. I have never seen so many permit on Cayo Largo before.” P.B. – UK
Enjoy white sands and crystalline waters
Cuba is located 90 miles south of Key West, and lies at the entrance to the Gulf of Mexico between Florida and Central America. While fishing at Cayo Largo your accommodation will be Sol Club Cayo Largo which is located on this idyllic spot of fine white sands and crystalline waters of incredible shades of blue.