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CAYO CRUZ

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Located on the north shore of the eastern province of Camaguey, the Cayo Cruz fishery is an enormous system of flats, lagoons and pristine estuaries.

There are two options for fishing Cayo Cruz, either live-aboard or land-based.

  • Season: all year round, with variations (see Fishing Season)
  • Largely unexplored fishery
  • One of Cuba's best permit fishery
  • Excellent Bonefish with large average size
  • Live-aboard or land-based options
  • Maximum 12 anglers per week
  • Ideal for fishing individuals, small and large groups

There are two options:

  • The live-aboard operates like most other operations in Cuba, whereby you spend a week exploring the Cayo Cruz fishery and exploring some of the most unfished flats in Cuba.

  • The land-based accommodation for anglers is at the Hotel Casona de Romano, which is located in the town of Brasil. A former stately house, it was built in 1919 for the owner of the town’s sugar cane factory and has been fully renovated to accommodate the needs of today’s travelling anglers.

    There are six double (twin bed) rooms and two single rooms. Two of these rooms have balconies overlooking the courtyard and church.

    The rooms are large and have plenty of space for gear and storage. Each room is fully equipped with a private bath with lots of hot water, plenty of lights for reading at night and a small fridge for cold drinks. Each room also has an excellent air-conditoning unit and a TV (not satellite).

    The dining-room is located on the first floor and it typically produces a variety of traditional Cuban food, with dinners ranging from fish and seafood to roast pork and chicken. Breakfast is simple yet delicious, with a heavy emphasis on eggs, fruit and toast. The bar area is located just inside the main entrance to the house. It is well stocked with spirits and wine as well as both of Cuba’s domestic beer brands.

Internet is either unavailable or limited. Please note that satellite phones are not allowed in Cuba and will be confiscated at the airport.

The fishing area in Cayo Cruz is about three hundred and sisty-six square kilometres in size, meaning that on the average day, each skiff has over fifty square kilometres to itself. The fishing area is virtually untouched and represents one of the cleanest and most biologically diverse ecosystems we’ve ever fished. It is still pretty much untouched and has only seen anglers for a few seasons. The fish are plentiful and aggressive.

FISHING SEASON

  • January to March
    There is the risk of cold fronts from the north-east. However, Cayo Cruz is well protected by the string of cays on its northern border which protects it from all but the most violent of weather patterns and shelters most of the fishing spots. The fishing at this time is good; particularly for good-sized Bonefish, small and medium Tarpon (twenty to thirty pounds in weight), and from mid-January the Permit begin to appear.

  • April to June
    This is perhaps the best time both for weather and for the appearance of large quantities of huge Tarpon—in addition to the Bonefish and Permit.

  • July and August
    The fishing is the same as in the previous months but the weather is hotter.

  • September to December
    This is a good period for Bonefish and for smaller quantities of large and medium Tarpon.

A typical day starts after breakfast at 7.30am, leaving the hotel at 8:00am, with a forty-minute drive to the marina from the hotel where you meet with your guide and skiff. A packed lunch is provided for your day out on the water. Returning back around 5:00pm. This can vary, depending on guides' advice.

We would advise all anglers to bring along their own equipment rods, reels, lines, flies, wading boots, polarized glasses etc and any spares that you might need. There are some spare rods but if possible bring all your own gear.

The rates for this destination vary throughout the season. We offer the best available rates for this destination and do not charge for our service. By calling we are able to tailor a package to specifically suit your requirements at the best available rate. As we have offices in both the United Kingdom and Australia we can also ensure you are being quoted in your local currency. Please enquire for the latest rates and availability, including information on any applicable special offers and group discounts.

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Passport with minimum six months validity.

ALL Foreign Nationals require a Tourist Visa or Tourist Card to enter Cuba.

Fly to Havana and stay overnight in Havana. The next day, fly direct to Cayo Coco airport. The hotel is fifty minutes from the airport.

Alternatively, the driving time from Havana is six to seven hours.

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  1. non-flight packages commencing in and returning to the UK;
  2. non-flight packages commencing and returning to a country other than the UK; and
  3. flight inclusive packages that commence outside of the UK, which are sold to customers outside of the UK.

1, 2 and 3 provides for a refund in the event you have not yet travelled. 1 and 3 provides for repatriation. Please note that bookings made outside the UK are only protected by ABTOT when purchased directly with Fly Odyssey Ltd.

OVERSEAS BOOKINGS

Contact: Mat McHugh
Tel: +44 (0)1621 743711
Mob: +44 (0)7936 708305
Email: enquiries@flyodyssey.co.uk

CHALK STREAMS BOOKINGS

Contact: Gilly Bate
Tel: +44 01730 825626
Mob: +44 (0)7817 304232
Email: g.bate@flyodyssey.co.uk

AUSTRALIA BOOKINGS

Contact: James Laverty
Mob (Australia):
+61 (0)499 900816
Email: j.laverty@flyodyssey.com.au