Cayo Cruz

Cayo Cruz

General Information

Located in Jardines del Rey, 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 kilometers in size, meaning that on the average day, each skiff has over 50 square kilometers to itself. The fishing area is virtually untouched and represents one of the cleanest and most biologically diverse ecosystems we’ve ever fished. This is one of the other reasons we have chosen this destination. It is still very virgin and has only seen anglers for three seasons! The fish are plentiful and aggressive. Cayo Cruz demonstrates that the average size of bonefish, of permit and of tarpon have all the characteristics of a recently discovered, virgin fishing territory, meaning large numbers of fish, good sizes and absolutely no leader or fly shy.

Cayo Cruz has only been in operation for three years and has not seen many clients, particularly when compared to other locations in the Caribbean that offer this quality of fishing. Guides did not work under Avalon standards in past years. One of the challenges when starting management on this fantastic location, is to improve guides language and skills, and our goal is to mix them up with Cayo Largo guides, to arrive on same standards. In addition, Avalon veteran guides, with decades of experience, are constantly helping new ones to improve. If you are prepared to be patient while the guides develop, what you will find is a virtually untouched flats oasis, absolutely teaming with fish and wildlife. We believe this strongly outweighs the fact the guides are fairly new.

Fishing Information

The average sized bonefish is a healthy 4 pounds and during the course of the week it is not unheard of for guests to land a fish or two in the 10 pound range. Tailing bonefish are common and guests can expect to see bonefish in singles and doubles, all the way up to schools of several hundred fish. What really 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. This combination may take place in other locations but not with the consistency that is virtually guaranteed at Cayo Romano. It is a rare day when you don’t encounter and get shots a permit. The permit will range in size between about 8 and 30 pounds. There are two locations within the Cayo Romano that offer very good tarpon fishing. Guides tend to save these areas for when an angler has already boated a permit and is looking for a Grand Slam. These fish will range from 30 to 90 pounds. Besides the fishing for permit, bonefish and tarpon, you will also cast for other challenging species as mutton snapper, snook, cubera snapper, jack crevalle, barracudas, etc.

The skiffs depart from Cayo Cruz each morning and depending on the guide rotation that day, you may be heading to any number of areas to spend the day. From Cayo Paredon Grande in the north to Cayo Guanaja in the south, there are countless islands, lagoons and bays that will keep anglers happy and into fish. Much of the fishing takes place back towards the mainland, in and around the massive island of Cayo Romano. The average boat run to the fishing areas is about 20 minutes in length and you can be into fish within 5 minutes of leaving the boat docks. It just depends on where your guide wants to take you that day and what you are interested in targeting. With 50 square kilometers per boat, the options are just about limitless. There are so many great aspects to this fishery that it can truly be a sensory overload at times.

The flats are an inviting combination of hard packed white sand and a semi firm mottled bottom that still provides good wading. And what a place this is for those who like to wade! It’s very similar to Los Roques in terms of the amount of area that’s wadable and there are places here where you can wade for 4 straight hours without heading back to the boat.


The skiffs operating at Cayo Cruz are Mitzi brand skiffs. Each skiff has a poling platform for the guide along with rod holders and very generous storage space, located at both the front and back of the boat. The casting platform is large and offers lots of space for those anglers who like to move around a bit while standing on the bow of the boat. Constructed from a very light fiberglass mold, these skiffs are ideal for the miles and miles of shallow water flats that anglers will find here. Drawing less than 6 inches of water, the skiffs are powered by very reliable 40 HP Yamaha two stroke engines.


The period January to March brings with it the risk of cold fronts from the north-east. However, as explained above, Cayo Cruz is well protected by the string of cays that shelter most of the fishing spots. The fishing at this time is good, particularly for good-sized bonefish, small and medium tarpon (20-30 lbs), and from mid-January the permit begins to appear. The period April to June 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, but hotter sometimes. September to December is a good period for bonefish and for smaller quantities of large and medium tarpon.

The Accommodation

Guests will stay at the Hotel Casona de Romano, which is located in the town of Brasil. The Casona is quite likely the most unusual fishing lodge we’ve ever had the good fortune of fishing from. This stately house was build in 1919 for the owner of the towns sugar cane factory and it was fully renovated 2 years ago to accommodate the needs of today’s’ traveling anglers. The house has 6 double rooms and 2 single rooms, two of which 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.

Travel Schedule

Guests can fly into Havana city (mostly for European citizens) or to Cayo Coco , in both arrival points you will be met by an Avalon representative as soon as you clear customs. Programs at Cayo Cruz are weekly. Starting on Saturdays and ending the following Saturday, fishing is from Sunday to Friday (6 fishing days) In Low Season months (November / March and July / August) we can offer shortest programs, between 3 and 5 fishing days. Upon arrival, guests will board a waiting taxi for the 90 minute drive through the countryside to the town of Brasil, in Camaguey province (if arriving to Cayo Coco) or a 20 minute drive taxi, to their accommodation in Havana.

Package Rates

Double Occupancy (shared boat/guide), 7 nights 6 fishing days Starts from$4,700 per person
Single Occupancy (private boat/guide) available on request


Airport reception, 2 nights Havana double room, transfers, single room ***** hotel Cayo Cruz, sharing guide & boat for 6 full fishing days, beverages on board, meals.

Not Included:

Tips, visa, airport tax, personal expenses in Havana, departure tax, transfers to Cayo Cruz.

Location: Cayo Cruz, Cuba

Capacity: 14 anglers per week

Best Time: Cayo Cruz can be fished year round. April to June are the best months.

Target species: Bonefish, Permit, Tarpon and Snook.