Jardines de la Reina, Cuba

Jardines de la Reina

Named the Queen’s Gardens by Christopher Columbus, the Jardines de la Reina is a pristine chain of islands that run more than one hundred miles along Cuba’s south-eastern coast. This vast marine park, bigger in size than the Florida Keys, is ideal for fly anglers who wish to live and experience fishing from dawn till dusk aboard a series of purpose built liveaboard vessels.


Endless Flats Fly Fishing

Most of the fishing area is forty to fifty miles offshore and has been designated as a Cuban National Park. As such, there is no commercial fishing in Avalon’s exclusive area. There is no other pristine flats area in the world that has this size of fishery. With hundreds of miles of flats to fish, you will fish many areas where few anglers have ever thrown a fly to these bonefish.

The average sized bonefish is perhaps a solid 3 to 5 lbs, but there are opportunities for fish in the 7 to 10 lbs class every day. The huge variety of species available here is an added bonus with everything from mutton snapper on the flats to wahoo and giant Cubera snapper on the drop offs.The flats environment here is a fantastic combination of wadable white sand and turtle grass flats that are accessed by skiff.

Tarpon are prolific with many “baby” tarpon – fish in the 10 – 40 lbs class in the channels. On the flats the average size grows to 45-80 lbs with some specimens growing to 120-130 lbs in the deep ocean channel. Permit are also found in good numbers, and many of these fish will be in the 20 to 30 lbs class, with a few well over thirty.

For anglers that land a permit, there is an excellent chance of completing a Grand Slam the same day. Tarpon can be found at just about any time and tide level as can bonefish. Over the years, there have been numerous Grand Slams caught by fly fishermen. Fishing hours are totally at the discretion of the clients, unlike many other lodges.

The fishing day normally begins with breakfast at 0700 and departing for fishing from 0745 onward. Lunch can be taken back at the mothership or on the skiff and is at the angler’s discretion. One of the main joys of fishing here is the sunset hour. Often it is calm, and schools of tailing and laid up bones can be seen hundreds of yards away, their golden tails glistening in the light of the falling sun. This is the time that most operations are heading back to the lodge so this magical witching hour is missed.

Comfort afloat the Caribbean Seas

While you are in Jardines de la Reina, accommodations are provided aboard a series of purpose-built liveaboard vessels. There are seven boats in all; Jardines Avalon 1, 2, 3 & 4, Jardine Avalon F1 & F2, and Perola. Each of 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.

Jardines Avalon II
JA-II is a 136′ long and 25′ wide professional steel yacht, Like all Avalon’s fleet, it was built and maintained to SOLAS shipping standards. There are a total of 12 rooms each with single side by side beds. Each room is equipped with its own private bathroom, toilet, shower and individual climate controls. The vessel also features an air-conditioned lounge, dining area with bar, shaded upper sun deck with wet bar and jacuzzi.

Jardines Avalon III
The 160 foot JA-III is a luxury motor yacht with 15 staterooms, including four suites with balcony. All cabins have private bathrooms and two beds (double or twin), air-conditioned with individual thermostats. JA-III has an overall capacity of 30 passengers and 12 crew members. The vessel also features an air-conditioned lounge, dining area with bar, shaded upper sun deck with wet bar and jacuzzi.

Jardines Avalon IV
The newest addition to the fleet, JA-IV, is a 180′ luxury motor yacht with 20 state rooms, including four suites with balcony. All cabins have private bathrooms and two beds (double or twin), air-conditioned with individual thermostats. The vessel also features an air-conditioned lounge, dining area with bar, shaded upper sun deck with wet bar and two jacuzzis.

Jardines Avalon FI
JA-FI is an intimate, comfortable and stylishly designed yacht, where each space is created to provide its guests with maximum comfort and safety. There are 10 deluxe king cabins, with 9 private bathrooms, with air conditioning and heat controls, electricity plugs, as well as storage in drawers. There is a spacious and comfortable combination lounge, dining room and bar area on the boat deck along with a jacuzzi.

Jardines Avalon FII
JA-FII is a 130 foot vessel, larger than JA-FI, that started operating in April 2014. It features 10 air-conditioned state rooms with private bathrooms. Like JA-FI, it is an intimate, comfortable and stylishly designed vessel. There is a spacious and comfortable combination lounge, dining room and bar area on the boat deck along with a jacuzzi.

Perola
This is impressive yacht, with highly polished hardwood floors and teak paneling, is the smallest of the Avalon fleet operating in Jardines de la Reina. It is perfect for small groups of anglers with five very comfortable air-conditioned cabins below deck, most having their own private bath, with good showers and plenty of hot water. The vessel also features an air-conditioned lounge (used as a dining area in bad weather) and covered upper deck with dining area.

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.

Experience the Gardens of the Queen

Named the Queen’s Gardens by Christopher Columbus, the Jardines de la Reina is a pristine chain of islands that run more than one hundred miles along Cuba’s south-eastern coast. Most of the fishing area is forty to fifty miles offshore and has been designated as a Cuban National Park. As such, there is no commercial fishing in Avalon’s exclusive area.

“If you are looking for species variation and a relaxed atmosphere then Jardines is perfect. This year I have never seen so many tarpon out at Boca Grande and look forward to returning with my group next year”. J.S. – UK


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