The Hotel Rancho El Tesoro is located on the outskirts of Gerona, the Isle of Youth’s largest city of 75,000 people. “Hotel Rancho” offers comfortable accommodations for our anglers with large single rooms for each angler. Each room has excellent beds, good AC, lots of storage space and excellent showers with plenty of hot water. Your maids will clean your room each day and will also do laundry for you if you’d like. Security at the hotel is excellent and the front desk is open on a 24 hour basis. Telephone service is available to anywhere in the world and there is Internet service for hotel guests.
The flats close to Gerona
Anglers fishing out of Gerona board the skiffs at our private dock on the Jucaro river, and a short ten minute run across a shallow bay puts you into the island system where it is easy to run and fish on the lee side of the islands to combat the wind. The island system to the North has many larger channels where there is a resident population of good sized tarpon, with many fish in the 50-80 pound class. Later in the spring and summer tarpon up to 150 lb. have been caught. Snook and bonefish are found in substantial numbers in these same waters. Although the snook are more elusive, our guides have found many good spots to fish along the mangrove lined shorelines, often over white sand bottom. The average snook are in the 18-25 inch range, but many fish in the 30-40 inch class have been taken by fly anglers. Bonefish are plentiful everywhere it seems, especially in the many shallow lagoons throughout the islands.
The Oceanside flats to the south offer wonderful wade fishing opportunites on hard sand bottom. The bonefish seem to average 3-5 pounds but occasionally larger fish are seen and taken, right up to 10 pounds. Permit are also found on selected flats both on the “inside” and on the “outside” flats. Most fish are in the 15-25 lb. class with some larger. Mutton snapper and Cuberra snapper are very common in all of the larger channels that run through the island system. Many mutton snapper over ten pounds have been caught on fly, right up to 15 pounds –world record size! Nearly everyone catches a big mutton or two when fishing for tarpon in the channels. Jack Crevalle are also common, both in the channels and out on the flats. In addition, you have an opportunity to catch the rare yellow jack, which along with our yellowtail snapper, make the finest sashimi you’ve ever tasted.
Fly fishing in Cuba is far different from other destinations in the Caribbean. Only in recent years has this flats fishery been developed, and you are fishing waters that have not seen sport fishing for nearly fifty years. Cuba has given these pristine areas protection as Cuban National Marine Parks, where no commercial fishing is allowed other than for lobster. Flats fish like Tarpon, Permit, Bonefish, Snook, Mutton Snapper, Barracuda, and a variety of Jacks are found in incredible numbers and since the fishing pressure is so light in these areas the fish rarely encounter sport fishermen and are unusually easy to catch.
Think about a place where you can fish more than 100 miles of flats without seeing another fisherman, a place where the flats fishing is so good that you can catch seven species of fish in one day, a place where big bonefish run toward your fly when it hits the water too hard, rather than streaking off the flat in the other direction, a place where you have a legitimate chance for a grand slam every day of the year, a place where big permit are as plentiful as they were in the Florida Keys 30 years ago, a place where you can wade miles of white-sand flats in your bare feet for big bonefish, a place where you’ll find enough big tarpon, jacks, ‘cudas, and sharks on the flats to wear you out!
Despite heavy commercial fishing pressure before the ban, Cubas remote archipelagos have remained unspoiled. Because they are often situated from 50 to 100 miles off the Cuban coast and are not easily visited, even by the Cuban lobster fishermen. ?With the tutelage of several famous guides and anglers, the Cubans have become excellent guides and good fly fishermen. Give them a fly rod and they’ll double-haul a 100-foot cast, or show you just how to work a fly to make bonefish charge and inhale it. They spot fish as well as any of the Caribbean’s best guides and direct your casts from the poling platform. These guides enjoy enthusiastic anglers and love to work long days, allowing you to fish as hard as you want. A remarkable contrast to many other destinations or lodges where you are often limited to six or eight hours on the water, including your running time. In Avalon’s destinations, there is never any limitation on gas used or distances run in the day. If you want to get out early and fish to dark, you can do it! But the fishing is normally so good and so intense that you’ll be ready to quit in time to be back for cocktails. Although Spanish is the guides’ native tongue, they have all taken classes in English and they communicate surprisingly well with their anglers. They are also in constant training to improve their language skills.
The Hotel Rancho El Tesoro is located on the outskirts of Gerona, the Isle of Youth’s largest city of 75,000 people. “Hotel Rancho” offers comfortable accommodations for our anglers with large single rooms for each angler. Each room has excellent beds, good AC, lots of storage space and excellent showers with plenty of hot water.
Your maids will clean your room each day and will also do laundry for you if you’d like. (Please leave a suitable tip for these extra services) Security at the hotel is excellent and the front desk is open on a 24 hour basis. Telephone service is available to anywhere in the world and there is Internet service for hotel guests.
Anglers staying at Hotel Rancho have their own private dining room, exclusive from the other hotel guests as well as their own private chef and wait staff. The dining room is air-conditioned and used not only for meals but also as a place to relax before dinner with that perfect Mojito and perhaps a classic Cuban Cigar. Meals are superb, with a combination of classic Cuban dishes like smoked pork, chicken, black bean soup, rice and beans. Fresh fish like mutton snapper and grouper are also available and the French Fries are out of this world. Salads with fresh tomatoes and other vegetables are served with olive oil and Balsamic Vinegar dressing. Our chef is always happy to prepare sashimi from freshly caught fish of the day. Evening meals feature several different entrees, and our chef has often been accused of preparing enough food for twice the number of people we’ll have at the table. We can promise you that no one will go hungry while staying at the Hotel Rancho!
Taxi service is available for the short ride into Nueva Gerona. The people are friendly and it is fun to walk along the city streets in order to see what life is like in a typical Cuban city that is far different than Havana. There are several good bars where you can enjoy a Cuba Libre or a fine Mojito, and even a couple of discos where you’ll enjoy the infectious beat of the hottest sounds in Latin music. Rental cars are also available to tourists by the day or week.
Prices per angler
Week starting Saturday and ending Saturday
Jan. 4 – March 29 Euro 1,940
June 1 – July 26 Euro 2.790
March 30 – May 31 Euro 4,150
**Enquiry online for special group prices
- Reception in havana airport
- All transfers inside Cuba as per program below
- 2 nights in double room, breakfast included (1 night before / 1 night after) 5-star hotel in Havana
- 7 nights in single room, full board at Hotel Rancho,
- 6 full days fishing, sharing a skiff
- Beverages at Hotel Rancho: 20 beers & 50 drinks (water & soft drinks)
RATES DO NOT INCLUDE:
- VIP service in Havana airport at arrival
- Transfers: International airport to Hotel Havana on arrival or departure
- Fishing Tackle
- Extra beverages
- Cuban visa
- Airport tax (CUC 25 to be paid at the airport before leaving)
DEPOSIT AND CANCELLATION POLICY:
On Booking, send passport number, Date of Birth and full name (as in passport). A deposit of 20% of
your package is required within 2 weeks of invoice to confirm a reservation. A deposit of 40% is due 6
months before trip. Deposits are refundable (minus a Euro 400 handling fee until 60 days prior to the
start of your trip). Within 60 days of your trip, your deposit is non-refundable unless we are able to
resell your spot. No refunds are available for unused portions of packages. Full payment is due 60
days prior to arrival. NO CREDIT CARDS. Trip cancellation insurance is highly recommended. In the
lodge, credit card payments cannot be accepted. All programs and execution of them remain subject
to weather and other unforeseen circumstances. Claims for refunds will not be accepted.