Cayo Romano, Cuba
Fly fishing in Cuba
On the north shore of the eastern province of Camaguey, the Cayo Romano (Formerly Cayo Cruz) fishery is an enormous system of flats, lagoons and pristine estuaries. The sport fishing area is 366 square km in size, therefore on the average day each skiff has over 50 square kilometres to itself. The fishing area is virtually untouched and represents one of the cleanest and most biologically diverse ecosystems found in Cuba.
The flats at Cayo Romano are an inviting combination of hard packed white sand and a semi-firm mottled bottom that still provides good wading. This is a great wading destination, it is similar to Los Roques in terms of the amount of area that’s wadeable and there are places here where you can wade for several hours without heading back to the boat. Cayo Cruz demonstrates all the characteristics of a recently discovered, virgin fishing territory – large numbers of fish, good sizes and their evident lack of exposure to flies and leaders. Add to this the natural beauty of the cays and of the water and you have a truly memorable place to fish.
The average sized bonefish is a healthy 4 lbs and during the course of the week it is not unheard of for guests to land a fish or two in the 10 lb range. Tailing bonefish are common and guests can expect to see bonefish in singles and doubles, all the way up to schools of several hundred fish. What really sets this location apart from so many other fisheries is that guests can expect to encounter and get shots at good numbers of permit each day. There are very few places on earth where guests can fish for big bonefish each day and also get shots at tailing permit. This combination may take place in other locations but not with the consistency found at Cayo Cruz. It is a rare day when you don’t encounter and get shots at permit. The permit will range from 8 – 30 lbs.
There are two locations within the Cayo Cruz that offer very good tarpon fishing. Guides tend to save these areas for when an angler has already boated a permit and is looking for a Grand Slam. These fish will range from 30 to 90 lbs. Besides the fishing for permit, bonefish and tarpon, you will also cast for other challenging species such as mutton snapper, snook, cubera snapper, jack crevalle, barracuda and more.
The ROMANO is a stunning new hotel in Cayo Romano. With a privileged location, at only 100 meters from the fishing marina, this new private mini lodge has a swimming pool, bar, lounge, a variety of signature restaurants, bowling area, and more. This lodge features several activities for anglers and also for non fishing guests. Additionally, the accommodation is only one hour away from Cayo Coco airport.
The lodge is built right on the water, overlooking a beautiful channel visited daily by tarpon schools and jacks. Some of the best fishing takes place right off the marina before dark.
All rooms are spacious and well appointed with air conditioning, tile floors and nice showers. The Romano has a private block of rooms specially assigned to the Avalon anglers, in a quiet area.
In the open-air main lodge you will find comfortable lounging chairs and a fully stocked bar with an accommodating bartender. After a long day on the flats it’s nice to recount your adventures to fellow anglers while sipping an ice-cold beverage and enjoying the daily selection of snacks prepared fresh every afternoon. After a shower, make your way to the dining room to enjoy the chef’s daily specialty.
This accommodation offers a “lodge atmosphere” to anglers who visit it, as it is remote but not disconnected. The main lodge has wireless internet for guest use. Come down and enjoy yourself at Cayo Romano.