Jardines De La Reina/Cayo Largo

Board the Avalon IV and Fish in Untouched Paradise


This vast marine park, which is bigger in size of the Florida Keys, is ideal for fly-fisherman who wish to live and experience fishing from dawn till dusk. Here we offer more fishing hours than any other destination.

Jardines de la Reina is for those looking for adventure, absolutely amazing food with fresh seafood every day, and complete comfort. We transfer guest by bus from Havana to Jucaro port (5 hour drive), and then a 3-hour boat ride to final destinations which are approximately 60 miles from the Jucaro port. Here we have the Avalon IV, our premier yacht equipped with air conditioning, large dining areas and an exclusive crew. Guests on these programs can enjoy their fishing dreams from the minute they step aboard, and will be able to fish more hours and more species than in any other Caribbean destination.

Here you will cast for large Tarpons, Permit, bones, Jacks, Barracuda - you name it. JDR is the favorite fishery of all destinations for many anglers around the world.


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, from incredible shades of ocean blue to the stunning pastels of turquoise and green. When you arrive in Cayo Largo you will be surprised to find a natural environment that has scarcely changed over the last 1000 years.

The marine scenery is incredible around the coral reef system that links the chain of islets around Cayo Largo like an underwater bridge. You will find all your favorite water sports on this island. Scuba diving lovers will be amazed by the explosion of color in this underwater world.

Peak fishing season is from February to June, when all species are present in the area. Tarpon, bones, permit and jacks will all be encountered during these months. The migratory tarpon, up to 80/100lbs (average 15/30lbs) are regularly spotted and shots at permit are very frequent. Our peak season is the best time to try the Gland Slam. Numerous Grand Slams are achieved each season as well as a few Super Grand Slams (Tarpon, Bonefish, Permit and Snook).


Contact Front Range Anglers Adventure Travel Manager Rob Kolanda or Adventure Travel Coordinator John Brown for additional information and to BOOK! rob@frontrangeanglers.com

When you BOOK with FRA Adventure Travel you never pay more for our services as we work for YOU and the Lodge!.



The Fishing

General Information
Avalon is one of the few companies in the world that can offer its guests the unique ability to fish in a completely exclusive marine park, free of commercial fishermen, nets or any skiffs or yachts from other companies. Guests can expect the following species when fishing with Avalon in Cuba: Permit, Bonefish (large ones), Tarpon, Jack Crevalle, Barracudas, Mutton Snapper, Snook, etc.

Day to Day
The day normally begins with breakfast at 7:00 AM and guides are ready to head out any time after 7:45 AM. During your week of fishing, each day you will fish the waters of JDR, and depending on tides and current conditions, you can expect runs of 30 minutes or less in order to access different fishing areas and target the top game species.

Boats and Equipment
The fishing boats used by Avalon are Dolphin Super Skiffs outfitted with Yamaha 60 or 70HP motors. Radios and life jackets are carried aboard every skiff. For gear and equipment, it is recommended that anglers always bring their own rods, reels, wading boots, etc. Flies, leaders, tippet, all terminal tackle, and all accessories should be packed as well, as very few items are available anywhere in Cuba!


Avalon IV
The newest yacht in the Avalon fleet and launching in 2021, Avalon IV replaces the dilapidated Tortuga Houseboat in Jardines de la Reina. This massive 180-foot vessel, with a permanent mooring in the heart of Jardines de la Reina, offers 20 large staterooms with ample storage room in each room and en suite baths. All staterooms offer plenty of space with private bathrooms, individual air conditioning, and heating controls, and electricity plugs (220 and 110 volts), ample storage, and convertible double beds. A spacious and comfortable lounge area provides an indoor air-conditioned lounge area, a large indoor dining room located, and a rooftop sun deck and bar to take in the views of the Gardens of the Queens and mojitos at sunset.

Food and Beverages
Dining onboard Avalon IV is always amazing. The menu typically combines fantastic Continental Italian cuisine, fresh seafood every day, and traditional Cuban favorites like rice and beans, black bean soup, and fried plantains. The chefs aboard are happy to accommodate any dietary restrictions and requests that you may have. Beverages available onboard include bottled water, various soft drinks, beer, rum, and imported wines. If you prefer liquor other than rum, you can bring this with you.

Travel Details

Getting Here
Arrive on trip start date by 12:00 PM into Cayo Coco, Camagüey, Santa Clara or other international airport. You will be picked up at the airport and transferred to Júcaro port (2 hours drive) or transfer from Havana to Júcaro port (6 hours drive). If you arrive in Havana it must be on Friday before the fishing week as this transfer is early on Saturday morning. If you plan to arrive on Saturday it must be at Cayo Coco, Camaguey, or Santa Clara airports early in the day to allow for transfer to Júcaro port. 02:00 PM departure from Júcaro port to be transferred to Jardines de la Reina with estimated arrival at 7:00 PM.

Important Baggage Information
Cuban rules for admission of items on board are stricter than past, for security reasons on domestic flights. Hooks, nylons (including tippets, leaders, etc.), spray or fishing rods (regardless of size) are not allowed in hand luggage. They must be shipped as checked with bags. For your convenience and luggage safety, we suggest putting some kind of lock on the luggage to be carried.

Departure Day
On your final day, you will typically return to Avalon IV around 2 pm so the boat can make the return trip to Jucaro Port where Avalon IV will overnight. Early the next morning, you will disembark and return to Havana or Cayo Coco for your departing flights.


2024 Rates

- 7 Night/6 Days: $8833 per angler (based on double occupancy)


- $8890 per angler (based on double occupancy)

2024 DATES: October 12th-19th (Jardines - Avalon IV)

- Hosts: Capt. Mike Hennessy

- Cost: $5,800

2025 DATES: April 12th-19th (Jardines - Avalon IV)

- Hosts: Antonio and John B

- Cost: $8,890

What's Included
- Reception at Havana, Cayo Coco, Camagüey or Santa Clara airport.

- 7 nights on Jardines Avalon 4, 6 days on full board basis.

- 5.75 days fishing.

- Havana, Cayo Coco, Camagüey or Santa Clara group transfer only.

- Meals

- Open Bar with Beer, Wine, Rum, Soft drinks and Water.

- Conservation fee: US$ 100 per angler, per week.

What's Not Included
- International flights.

- Hotels in Havana or other cities.

- Havana/Júcaro 1 way: US$ 100 per person (group travel, ask prices for individual/private transfer).

- Tips, personal expense.

- Transfer from Havana ($200pp r/t)

- Rental gear if needed

- Any possible covid medical insurance or testing fees (right now +$220 per person) but may not be necessary in 2023.

Term and Privacy.

Avalon Deposit and Cancellation Policy
On Booking, please send passport number, Date of Birth, Nationality and Full Name (as in passport), you must complete your pre trip information with your flight details (arrival/departure flights to Cuba, we need airline, flight number, date and time) within 180 days before your trip. Avalon can’t be responsible for hotel or itinerary changes when pre trip information is completed after those dates.

- For trips confirmed with over 18 months of arrival date, a 5% deposit of the total amount due is requested.

- 18 months before arrival date, a 10% deposit of the total amount is due.

- 12 months before arrival date, 30% deposit of the total amount is due.

- 6 months before arrival date, 70% of the total amount has to be paid.

- Balance payment is due 2 months prior to arrival. 6 months prior to your arrival date, you will have the chance to confirm only half yacht or to book half group (on land base accommodation), more anglers can always be added further on if space will remain available. Avalon will be in charge to sell the unsold part of the yacht if necessary to help completing the group.

- Deposits are refundable (minus a US$ 800 PER PERSON handling fee until 180 days prior to the start of your trip).

- Within 180 days of your trip, your deposit is non-refundable.

- No refunds are available for unused portions of packages. Full payment is due 60 days prior to arrival. In the lodge, credit card payments cannot be accepted for anything.

- All programs and execution of them remain subject to weather and other unforeseen circumstances.

*Claims for refunds will not be accepted.*

Travel Insurance
The refund policy is not applicable to rescheduled or rebooked trips. Therefore, once a trip has been rescheduled or rebooked it is ineligible for a monetary refund of any kind and claims for refunds will not be accepted. Front Range Anglers recommends all anglers to have Medical Evacuation Insurance- we recommend Global Rescue, and we HIGHLY recommend Trip Cancellation/Interruption Insurance. FOR ANY QUESTIONS PLEASE CONTACT: KIM D’AMICO-KDAMICO@GLOBALRESCUE.COM – 617.459.4200
Cancellation/Refund Policy
Trip cancellation insurance is highly recommended and “cancel for any reason” insurance is very important to consider in the case of unforeseen events preventing you from traveling. If you cancel within 180 days of your trip this will be your only possible form of reimbursement. If you would like trip cancellation coverage for reasons not included in standard travel insurance policies, please inquire with your travel representative about the No Risk Policy