Jardines de la Reina

Jardines De La Reina

General Information

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 a superb Cuban fly fishing adventure! Jardines de la Reina, is a large group of remote islands, located 60 miles offshore. It is string of deserted islands of more than 100 miles! Most of the guests stay at the luxurious floating hotel the La Tortuga or spend their days on one of our other yachts on a fishing cruise along the flats and lagoons that have hardly been fished before. No commercial fishing is allowed in Jardines de la Reina.

Jardines de la Reina is for those looking for adventure, absolutely amazing food with fresh seafood every day, and complete comfort. 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.

Fishing Information

Here you will cast for large Tarpons (perhaps less BIG tarpon than on Isla de la Juventud, but more classic flats fishing for big tarpon and more variety). JDR is full of everything - Tarpon of all sizes, Permit, bones, Jacks, Barracuda - you name it. JDR is the favourite fishery of all destinations for many anglers around the world. Every season Tarpon have been caught up to 100 pounds and more. There is also excellent reef fishing for Barracuda and Jacks.

Cayo Largo and JDR are both outstanding locations for producing Grand Slams and Super Slams, in large part because the permit fishing is consistently good. Each of these fisheries regularly produce 25 pound + permit for our anglers and we dont know of too many other places that boast the number of weekly Slams that Cayo Largo and JDR do.

Daily Routine:

The fishing hours are totally at the discretion of the clients. Our regular fishing day usually begins with breakfast at 7:00am, and your guides will be ready to depart for fishing from 7:45 am on. Most of the flats you will fish are within fifteen minutes of the yacht or accommodation, and it is always nice to take a lunch break in the comfort and shade, back on board the boat. Relaxing for an hour or so before fishing the long afternoons, especially during the warm summer season, is always a good idea. Lunches on board Caballones are particularly good, while we are a bit more limited when making up box lunches for a full day on the water.

Many of the more remote flats can produce outstanding fishing and your guides will suggest the evening before that you pack a lunch and stay out all day in order to access some of the more distant flats and estuaries. Clients can fish late into the evening if they like, since it is usually only a short run to get back to the Caballones. In Jardines, the morning winds often calm down in the afternoons, and fishing in the late afternoon can be superb, especially for bonefish. There is never a daily gasoline limitation for our guides, so you can run longer distances to fish remote flats, especially on those days when you opt to stay out all day.


Our season in the Jardines de la Reina is from mid-October to end of August.

The Accommodation

Our fleet in JDR consists of our floating hotel, Tortuga (1-14 anglers), and 2 yachts; Avalon Fleet I (Groups of 8 to 10 anglers), Avalon Fleet II (Groups of 10 to 12 anglers), and for smaller groups, we can offer 3 yachts, La Reina (groups of 4), Halcon and Caballones (groups of 4 to 8 anglers). All accommodation are equipped with air conditioning, large dining areas and an exclusive crew.

Travel Schedule

Guest fly to Havana. 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 our fleet will be waiting and you will be boarding the hotel boat or yacht where you will spend the week.

Location: Jardines de la Reina, Cuba

Best Time: Jardines de la Reina can be fished year round. April to June are the best months.

Target species: Bonefish, Permit, Tarpon and Snook.