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Cayo Cruz | Cayo Romano | Cuba | Fly Fishing

Overview

Tour code: CUB014  

Cayo Cruz / Romano is the latest and one of the most exciting new saltwater fishing locations to become available to ardent fly-anglers. Located on the North Coast of Cuba in the Jardines del Rey, it consists of a huge fishable area, which provides incredible opportunities for big Permit, alongside some really exciting Tarpon fishing on the flats.

The fishery is an enormous system of flats, lagoons and pristine estuaries. Commercial fishing within this designated area is strictly forbidden and rigorously enforced by the Cuban Government. The designated sport fish only area is 366 square kilometres in size, meaning that on an 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 we’ve ever fished. Cayo Romano flats are an inviting combination of hard-packed white sand and a semi-firm bottom that provides good wading, for here you can wade for 4 straight hours without heading back to the boat.

The average-sized Bonefish is a healthy 4lbs and during the course of the week, it is not unheard of for guests to land a fish or two in the 10lb range. Tailing Bonefish are common and often seen in singles and doubles, all the way up to schools of several hundred fish. What 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 get shots at tailing Permit.

If you have any questions on any of the saltwater fly fishing holidays we offer then contact us in the office, our experienced team will be happy to help you with any queries you have. Additionally, you can request a free brochure.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Accommodation
Casona de Romano

Hotel Casona de Romano is located in the town of Brasil. The Casona is quite likely the most unusual fishing lodge you have ever had the good fortune of fishing from. This stately house was build in 1919 for the owner of the town’s sugar cane factory and was fully renovated 2 years ago to accommodate the needs of today’s traveling anglers.

The house has 8 double (twin bed) rooms two of these rooms have balconies overlooking the courtyard and church. The beds in each room are new and very comfortable. Each room is fully equipped with a private bath with lots of hot water, along with plenty of lights for reading at night and a small fridge for cold drinks.

Each room also has an excellent A/C unit, along with a TV, just in case you feel the need to watch some absolutely dreadful Cuban television. 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 rum, vodka, scotch, red and white wines from Spain, as well as both of Cuba’s domestic beer brands. The bar is quite possibly the source for the least expensive beer in all of Cuba. 1 CUC per beer is a true bargain, even by Cuban standards!

Board: Full board
Rooms: Twin
Telephone: Reception
Laundry: Nominal charge
Power: 220 volt
Air Conditioning: Throughout
Meals: Dinning room
Alcohol: Hotel bar
Cash Accepted: Euros

Itinerary

The below itinerary is only a suggested one, as there are indirect flights departing from the UK everyday. We also have direct flights departing the UK twice a week with Virgin, which requires additional nights in Havana both at the beginning and end of the standard itinerary. Therefore should you wish to extend your stay with more time in Cuba or to use the Virgin direct flights, the itinerary below can be tailored to suit. Please note: the fishing is sold in set weeks with set start and finish days, therefore we can not make shorter fishing trips.

The standard itinerary below is based on staying at Casona de Romano hotel for groups between 8 to 12 anglers. We can also provide this destination with an exclusive private trip using the luxury live aboard yacht Avalon Fleet I. Contact Us for full details.

 

Day 1:

The below itinerary is only a suggested one, as there are indirect flights departing from the UK every day. We also have direct flights departing the UK twice a week with Virgin, which requires additional nights in Havana both at the beginning and end of the standard itinerary therefore should you wish to extend your stay with more time in Cuba the itinerary below can be tailored to suit. Please note: the fishing is sold in set weeks with a set start and finish days, therefore we can not make shorter fishing trips.

Depart  UK (alternative routes available)
Arrive in Havana.

On arrival, our representative will be waiting to greet you. They will then transfer you to your hotel. (Note: the transfer is not included and payable locally).

The rest of the evening is yours to either relax or explore.

Overnight accommodation: Parque Central Hotel in Havana (Twin Rooms) B/B

Day 2:

In the morning you will meet in the hotel lobby for your transfer to the domestic airport and your flights to Cayo Coco.

Depart Havana
Arrive in Cayo Coco.

On arrival you will be transferred to the Casona de Romano hotel.

Overnight accommodation: Casona de Romano Hotel (Twin Rooms) F/B

Day 3: Fishing Day

7.00 AM Wake-Up call
7.30 AM Breakfast
8.00 AM Depart with guides for your full days fishing

Note: schedule can be changed according to your preferences and your guide’s suggestions.

Overnight accommodation: Casona de Romano Hotel (Twin Rooms) F/B

Day : Fishing Day

Each days fishing is based on 2 anglers per guide and skiff.

Overnight accommodation: Casona de Romano Hotel (Twin Rooms) F/B

Day 5: Fishing Day

Fishing is normally done either from the skiff or wading the miles of great saltwater flats.

Overnight accommodation: Casona de Romano Hotel (Twin Rooms) F/B

Day 6: Fishing Day

Each morning you will discuss with your guide what fish you would like to target.

Overnight accommodation: Casona de Romano Hotel (Twin Rooms) F/B

Day : Fishing Day

You can spend a day targeting the Permit that frequent the miles of saltwater flats.

Overnight accommodation: Casona de Romano Hotel (Twin Rooms) F/B

Day 8: Fishing Day

You will spend your last day enjoying the miles of saltwater flats.

Overnight accommodation: Casona de Romano Hotel (Twin Rooms) F/B

Day 9:

You will check out of your hotel and transfer back to Cayo Coco airport.

Depart Cayo Coco
Arrive in Havana.

Depart Havana

Day 10:

Arrive UK.

Prices

Remember that Sportquest Holidays' services are completely FREE! When you book a trip with Sportquest Holidays, you never pay more than when you book directly with the lodge and flights independently. Plus what’s more if you book with Sportquest Holidays your holiday is protect by our ATOL and the Travel Package Regulations Act. To see more details CLICK HERE.

Start Date End Date Days Nights Fishing Angler Non-Angler Availability Notes
28/06/2019 07/03/2020 10 9 6 £5,797 On Request Enquire Now N/A
08/03/2020 02/05/2020 10 9 6 £7,252 On Request Enquire Now N/A
03/05/2020 30/05/2020 10 9 6 £7,888 On Request Enquire Now N/A
01/06/2020 27/06/2020 10 9 6 £7,252 On Request Enquire Now N/A
28/06/2020 07/03/2021 10 9 6 £5,797 On Request Enquire Now N/A
08/03/2021 02/05/2021 10 9 6 £7,434 On Request Enquire Now N/A
03/05/2021 30/05/2021 10 9 6 £8,070 On Request Enquire Now N/A
01/06/2021 27/06/2021 10 9 6 £7,434 On Request Enquire Now N/A
28/06/2021 07/03/2022 10 9 6 £5,979 On Request Enquire Now N/A

Price Notes

Prices are based on two adults sharing transfers, fishing and accommodation (unless otherwise stated) and are correct at the time of going to press. Subject to time of year or date and currency fluctuations, these prices may fluctuate slightly due to flight price increases or fuel surcharge.

ATOL
Holidays or flights booked with Sportquest Holidays Limited are protected by the Civil Aviation Authority by our ATOL bond (Number 6371). ATOL protects you from losing your money or being stranded abroad. It does this by carrying out financial checks on the firms it licenses and requiring a guarantee, called a bond.

What's Included

  • 1 night accommodation Presidente Hotel Havana B/B
  • 7 nights accommodation Casona de Romano F/B
  • 6 full days guided fishing
  • Fishing License’s
  • Packed lunch while fishing
  • 10 beers, 30 water & soft drinks
  • Marine Park License
  • Cuban visa

What's Excluded

  • Personal holiday insurance
  • Tips for guides and staff
  • Fishing tackle

Options

  • Flight upgrades

  • Direct Virgin flights

  • Additional nights in Havana

  • Upgrade to Avalon Fleet I

Price Supplements

  • N/A

Price Match Promise

We are so confident that our packaged prices are the best available and offer great value for money.

If, however, you find an identical holiday available with any other fully bonded Tour Operator at a lower price, we will match that price.

Financial Security

Holidays or flights booked with Sportquest Holidays Limited are protected by the Civil Aviation Authority by our ATOL bond (Number 6371). ATOL protects you from losing your money or being stranded abroad. It does this by carrying out financial checks on the firms it licenses and requiring a guarantee, called a bond.

Tour Notes

Visa

A machine-readable passport with at least 6 months before expiry. Tourist visa card required before departure (Supplied)

Medical Requirements

No vaccinations currently required

Please Note

All details of visa and medical requirements are correct at time of press however please check these requirements for changes.

Departure tax

Departure tax included in flight ticket

Flight Route & Flight Time

UK – Havana (approx 9.5 hrs)

Baggage Allowance

Your actual allowance is based on both which airline you are flying with and also what class of seat you are travelling in. Normally in economy it is 1 checked bag, Premium Economy / Business 2 checked bags, First 3 checked bags. In addition to your checked bags you are also allowed 1 cabin bag and either 1-laptop bag or ladies handbag. The actual size and weight limit for bags is dependent on the airline. We therefore recommend that once your flights are booked you check on the airlines website for the up to date allowances.

If your itinerary includes private light aircraft or helicopter flights we will advise you on your baggage and weight allowance.

Transfer Time

Havana airport – Presidente Hotel (approx 45 mins) Presidente Hotel – Cayo Romana (approx 90 mins)

Blogs

Reviews

Jack

Peter thanks for the trip the 4 of us had a great time. Took a bit of getting there but the extra time in Havana was nice as so much to see and do.

Accommodation, food, fishing was good, fishing guides are some of the best I have ever fished with.

We would all like to go back to Cuba, probably try some of the other locations just for a change.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Hi Jack

Thanks for the feedback as I discussed they are all important to not just us but everyone.

I will call you during the week and talk you through the different destinations, it will be good to look after you all again.

Andrew

Went as a single angler but was made very welcome.

I was lucky that during my visit there was a bunch of Canadians at the lodge who welcomed me into their group which was a nice touch and made the week all that special.

We had a good fishing week and only 1 day of slight dodgy weather too much cloud.

Great guides

Enjoyed the whole experience.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Andrew thanks for the call back and completing the customer feedback.

Sounds like you did have a great trip and congratulations on all the fish.

Talk again soon

Harley

Weather made the fishing difficult, our guide worked hard and spoke good English.

Customers should be aware that you are expected to get up at 5.30 pm every day and the journey to the boats takes 1hr 20mins due to all the building work currently taking place on the road.

We went via Toronto and then to Cayo Coco airport which is far better than Havana airport.

Accommodation basic but perfectly adequate, free laundry service is great, just leave on the floor and its all clean when you get back. The food was good everyday.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Harley, it was great talking to you on the telephone, shame the weather made the fishing difficult but as normal the fishing is always dependant on weather.

Thanks for the feedback about the accommodation, food and guides. It was also interesting to hear you talk about the quality of the fish, although less around as normal the average size of the Bonefish was good.

Have a safe trip in Bahamas in April and talk again soon

Kind Regards Peter

John

Would suggest that with this venue (Cayo Romano), anglers should be warned of 1 hour 20 minute transfer to fishing over mainly dirt road with many potholes. A tedious (and early) start to day. Aware that road will be improved on completion of hotel development in due course, but until this happens, visitors should be made aware of the situation.

Although have stated fishing "poor" below, this is no doubt due to weather, moon cycle, etc.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

John it was nice talking to you on the phone about your trip. Shame the weather made the fishing difficult, its not often that the weather makes it so flat calm that all the fish are spooky, however these things do happen.

I am sorry about the journey each day and thank you for bringing this to our attention. Its a pain what used to be a 45 min run is now talking 1.2 hours due to all the construction traffic. We will make sure that all customers are aware of this situation as the construction is going to be ongoing for a while.

Thanks for your custom as always and look forward in assisting you both again soon.

Regards Peter

Paul

Caught my first Tarpon on the fly, not massive but a 20lb, it was a great way to start. Another great memory with you guys, thanks again.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Paulo congratulations on your first Tarpon. When you go back we will try to get you one of the real big girls. You have hooked them its just trying to land them.

Rodger

Fab, Fab, Fab. There four of us had an amazing time. We were so lucky with the weather, clear skies and such little wind. The boats and guides top marks they all worked so hard. The best saltwater fishing holiday EVER Cheers Rodger

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Hi guys, glad you had a great time. Its a great place and yes the guides do work hard especially when they are working for tips. The weather does play a big part in any fishing holiday but I am sure you are all good anglers. Thank you for the great comments and taking the time to complete the feedback form. Regards Peter

P

The fishing was amazing, my husbands words not mine... He was very happy. The only comments I had was the food at the Casona. The choice was ok, but not the best quality food. I think its because I was looking for more of a nice resort hotel, but he wanted the amazing fishing. To be fair the holiday was as explained, I would just prefer a bit more luxury.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Pat, thank you for your comments. On one hand I am pleased that your husband enjoyed the holiday, however we do like to try and please everyone. Its like many fishing destinations the angler is easy to please as all have great fishing. Its trying to find a location that suits you both. I would suggest as we talked about on the phone to look at Belize next year, I will do you a special deal and I guarantee that you will return happier next time.

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