Bespoke Cuban Holidays for the Discerning Traveller

Bespoke Fishing Holidays in Cuba

Novelist Ernest Hemingway lived the fisherman’s dream. On his boat, the Pilar, he would set sail through the calm, aquamarine seas and coral cayes off the north coast of Cuba in search of Marlin and swordfish. Today, anglers come for the world-class fishing in secluded hideaways and for the internationally renowned fishing tournaments.

The azure seas surrounding Cuba teem with fish providing anglers with plentiful opportunities to reel in sailfish, snapper, swordfish, barracuda, and a host of other piscatorial bounty. Prized areas include the Jardines de la Reina (Gardens of the Queen), a 1000 sq mile protected marine reserve scattered with thousands of coral islands. Bonefish, tarpon and permit abound here and live-aboard boats provide unrivalled access in this pristine aquatic environment. The flats off Cayo Largo are also a favourite of fisherman allowing fantastic fly-fishing with rich results. Grouper, barracuda and snapper superabundant.

Even more remote is the Robinson-Crusoe island of Isla de la Juventud (Isle of Youth), dangling off the southern coast of Cuba, where anglers aim for plentiful tarpons and jacks.

Keen anglers can compete at the annual autumn Jardines del Rey International Fishing Tournament, where competition catches include blue marlin, sailfish, wahoo and dolphin fish, and at the renowned annual June Ernest Hemingway International Billfishing Tournament.

Can’t get to the big catch competitions? Most fly-fishers are casting around for the Grand Slam where bonefish, tarpon and permit must be landed in a day, or the Super Grand Slam where these three fish are caught, plus snook, to claim this first-class fishing prize.



  • Day 1 Transfer from Havana to Jardines de la Reina via Jucaro
  • Day 2 Fishing and overnighting on a live-aboard
  • Day 3 Fishing and overnighting on a live-aboard
  • Day 4 Fishing and overnighting on a live-aboard
  • Day 5 Fishing and overnighting on a live-aboard
  • Day 6 Fishing and overnighting on a live-aboard
  • Day 7 Transfer back to Jucaro and on to Havana


If you are an adventurer or want to explore more of Cuba’s stunning waters, experience one of our incredible sailing and adventure holidays.

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