Fly Fishing the Run - Gardens of the King

Off the northern coast of Cuba, Cayos de Villa Clara is a part of the archipelago known as the Jardines del Rey or Gardens of the King. Cuba has protected these pristine areas as National Marine Parks—no commercial fishing is allowed other than for lobster. Since September of 2015, the Gardens of the King has been under the operation of Fly Fishing the Run.

Fly fishing for Tarpon

Garden of the Kings tarpon fishing

Gardens of the Kings is a famous protected area for fly fishing for tarpon. Resident tarpon are present all year long and range in size from 10-to 80-pounds. Beginning in March, large tarpon migrate to this area and stay through the summer--through August. These tarpon can exceed 150-pounds, testing a fly angler’s skills. Depending on conditions and seasons, tarpon waters vary from shallow flats to deeper lagoons and channels. Fish are often sighted rolling in schools, and guides position the skiffs ahead of them for intercepting casts. They are relatively easy to spot in the wide flat areas, in three-to-six-foot deep crystal-clear waters.

Bonefish and Permit Fishing

Dorado Cua Lodge

Boats:  Skiffs with Yamaha 70-h.p. engines, that allow access to shallow water, as well as fast runs between fishing spots. With a draft of only eight inches, it’s a skiff the guides can pole on the shallowest bonefish flats.
Guides:  Local guides speak fishing English, enough to be understood for fishing. They were born and raised on these waters, and know the ocean and the flats like the backs of their hands.

Five-Star Resort | Iberostar Ensenachos

Gardens of the Kings Resort

The five-star resort, located in Cayo Ensenachos, has lush, well-kept grounds and two stunning beaches. The Iberostar has two sides, one is the park-side (which is family friendly), and the other is the Spa-side, which is for adults only. Both sides have swim-up bars, and they both share the buffet in the main building and the on-site à la carte restaurants. For the fishing package, they use the Spa Suites (included in the rate). You may upgrade for an additional fee. Gourmet breakfasts and dinners are enjoyed in the comfort of the resort. You'll enjoy a restaurant-made lunch on the boat. Gourmet breakfasts and dinners are enjoyed at the resort. Each day, the restaurant delivers lunch to the boats.

Getting Here:

You’ll fly into the Santa Clara Abel Santamaria Airport, also known as the Cayo Santa Maria Airport, near the city of Santa Clara, Cuba. JetBlue currently has flights from
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and American Airlines has flights from Miami, Florida. You'll be met at the airport by a staff member of Fly Fishing the Run and will have a two-hour ground transfer (included in the package) to Iberostar Ensenachos.

Currency:  It’s best to bring Euros or Canadian Dollars to exchange into Cuban CUC upon arrival in Cuba. U.S. Dollars are subject to a 10% special tax/commission.

2019 USD Rates:

7-nights and 6-full days guided fishing
Two anglers per skiff and guide
Low Season:
September 16, 2018 - February 24, 2019:
$3,640.00 per person
Non-angler companion  $1,980.00
Feb. 25 - March 24 and
July 1 - September 15, 2019:
$4,460.00 per person
Non-angler companion  $1,980.00
High Season:
March 25 - June 30, 2019:
$5,320.00 per person
Non-angler companion  $1,980.00

Upgrade to one angler per skiff:

Add $2,000.00 p.p. to above packages.

Fishing packages include:

Roundtrip ground transfer to and from the airport/resort, 7-nights at the Iberostar Ensenachos Resort in a Spa Suite Double Room, all meals and alcohol at the resort, box lunch and beverages on skiffs, and 6-days guided fishing.

Packages do not include:

Airfare, visa, Marine Park Conservation Fee ($100.00 – may be paid online prior to your trip), fishing tackle or equipment, a boarding tax of CUC 25 (CUC - Cuban convertible peso) to be paid at airport before leaving, if not included in airfare; gratuities to guide and staff, personal expenses, extra beverages and food other than those stated above, extra beverages and food other than those stated under inclusions, and anything not mentioned under the inclusions.

Sample Itinerary:

Sunday: Arrive in Santa Clara. A representative from Fly Fishing the Run will be there to meet you. You’ll depart for the two-hour ground transfer to Iberostar Ensenachos.
Monday - Saturday: 7:30 a.m. wake-up call, then breakfast. At 8:00 a.m., leave with a packed lunch for a full day of fishing. Return in the afternoon in time to freshen up before dinner.
Sunday: After breakfast, transfer to the airport in Santa Clara for your flight back home.

Call 1-800-205-3474 for more Information:

Request Gardens of the Kings Info Packet  

Gardens of the Kings photos

Fly fishing for tarpon

Gardens of the King tarpon

Walkway down to the ocean

Walkway to ocean

Skiffs with Yamaha 70-h.p. engines

Dolphin Super Skiff

Swimming pool at resort

Iberostar Ensenachos Resort

Resort lobby area

Iberostar Ensenachos Resort

Room at Iberostar Resort

Iberostar Ensenachos Resort

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