Isla de la Juventud, also known as the Isle of Youth, is one of Cuba’s great tarpon fisheries with some of the best tarpon flats fishing in the world. The majority of tarpon fishing will occur on the deeper flats, channels and mangrove-lined lagoons with fish ranging in size between fiften and one hundred and twenty pounds in weight. Combine this with some outstanding bonefish and permit fishing and you have a stand-alone saltwater fly fishing destination.
There are two options for fishing around the island. For those who prefer dry land you can stay at Hotel Rancho and for those who like the mobility of a yacht then the Perola is a 75 foot luxury live-abord providing an exceptional service for your Cuba fly fishing adventure.
Hotel Rancho provides clean and comfortable accommodation for your stay on the Isle of Youth. Each day you are transported by skiff to the surrounding flats and deep channels in search of Tarpon. Regular catches of fish weighing over a hundred pounds occur through the months of May to July.
The Perola live-aboard explores the remote waters between the Isle of Youth and Cayo Largo. These areas of Cuba are beyond the reach of any land-based flats skiffs, so it allows you to fish waters which rarely see anglers. The tarpon fishing here is immense and will see you having large numbers of shots at flats cruising fish each day.
- Season: mid October to late August
- World-class tarpon fishing
- Variety of species including Bonefish, Permit, Barracuda, Snapper and Snook
- Live-aboard or land-based options
- Ideal for fishing individuals, small and large groups
There are two options for fishing around Isla de la Juventud.
For those who like the mobility of a yacht, the Perola or the Georgiana boats offer luxury 'live-aboard' options and provide an exceptional service for your Cuban fly fishing adventure.
Accommodation on the live-aboards is in one of ten, twin-bed rooms which are clean and comfortable. Most anglers will have a cabin to themselves.
Each cabin has air-conditioning and its own private bathroom with private shower. There is plenty of room to store your fishing gear and equipment. The boats have rod storage areas to the aft deck and there is fresh water to hose down rods and reels.
All meals are taken on the upper deck of the boat and the cuisine aboard the boats is simple but very well prepared. Fresh fish, especially lobster, is served at most meals, along with salads and plenty of fresh vegetables and fruits. In addition, you can expect pork and chicken during the week. There is also a well stocked bar with plenty of cool beers and a nice Mojito for when you get back after a long day's fishing.
For those who prefer dry land, Hotel Rancho provides clean and comfortable accommodation in the form of basic air-conditioned rooms with single room occupancy. This is ideal for anglers wanting to experience a slice of Cuba as well as the fishing.
There is one dining-room at the hotel and the food is simple. There is a coffee bar and a swimming pool. There is also a main bar at the hotel which can get lively with local bands turning up to play during the week.
The capital of Isla de la Juventud is Nueva Gerona, which is a short taxi trip away, where there is a good restaurant which serves delicious seafood as well as a couple of bars.
Internet is unavailable and there is limited mobile phone reception. Please note that satellite phones are not allowed in Cuba and will be confiscated at the airport.
If staying on the island, you are transported by skiff each day to the surrounding flats and deep channels in search of Tarpon. Regular catches of fish in excess of a hundred pounds in weight occur through the months of May, June and July. The guides are all locals and know the waters very well. Most of the fishing is from skiffs but there are opportunities to walk and wade.
For those who want to be right on the fishing, the Perola and the Georgiana 'live-aboard' options are the way to go. The boats explore the remote waters and Marine Park of the Canarreos Archipelago, a remote chain of islands that runs eighty miles from Isla de la Juventud, all the way to Cayo Largo. These areas of Cuba are beyond the reach of any land-based flats skiffs and so have you fishing waters that rarely see other anglers. The tarpon fishing here is immense and will see you having large numbers of shots at flats cruising fish each day.
Isla de la Juventud has some of the best tarpon flats fishing in the world. The majority of tarpon fishing will occur on the deeper flats, channels and mangrove-lined lagoons with fish ranging in size between fifteen to one hundred and twenty pounds in weight. Combine this with some outstanding bonefish and permit fishing and you have a stand-alone saltwater fly fishing destination.
A typical day starts after breakfast at 7:00am and you are out in the skiffs from about 8:00am. The skiffs are accessed from the aft deck of the live-aboards and you can literally be fishing within moments of leaving the live-aboard. Stop around 12-ish for lunch and then take a break or nap until about 4:00pm when you go out again until dusk around 8:00pm when you get back to the main boat and it is time for a beer and foodand shower if you are quick. All fishing is off the skiffs and it is usually two anglers to one guide and a skiff.
We would advise all anglers to bring all their own equipment rods, reels, lines, flies, wading boots etc and any spares that you might need.
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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Fly to Havana and stay overnight in Havana. The next day, take an internal flight to Isle de la Juventud, followed by a forty-minute minibus journey to the quay where you meet the yatch.