Cuba - Jardines de la Reina
Gardens of the Queen
Jardines Avalon Fleet II (The JAF2)
Avalon Cuban Fishing Centers
The JAF2 is a 130-foot vessel built in 2018. With ten staterooms, the JAF2 is larger than Jardines Avalon FI.
You'll fish the pristine saltwater flats of Jardines de la Reina, also known as Gardens of the Queen.
For more about the fishing, visit Visit Jardines de la Reina's page.
The Liveaboard comfortably hosts ten to 16 anglers plus 9 crew members. The liveaboard also accommodates divers. The design and interior decor give the yacht a touch of intimacy, refinement, a sense of warmth, and simplicity.
Dolphin Super Skiffs
Dolphin 16' Super Skiffs teamed with Yamaha 70-HP motors. Jardines de la Reina (JDR) offers more fishing hours than any Avalon destination and is ideal for fly anglers who desire to fish from dawn to dusk, about 5:00 p.m.
Fishing License: Your fishing license is included in the package. For 2023, Avalon includes the Marine Park Conservation fee in the package; for 2024, the Marine Park Fee is an additional charge of $300.00 per person.
The Liveaboard has ten air-conditioned cabins with private bathrooms and panoramic Caribbean views. While the liveaboard can accommodate 20 guests, we suggest between 10 and 16 anglers for optimum comfort. Each cabin has two twin beds, air conditioning and heat controls, electricity plugs (220 and 110 volts), storage drawers, and panoramic Caribbean views.
Communications: Wi-Fi is not available on the liveaboard. Before your trip, you’ll need to check with your cell service provider to see if your U.S. cell phone will work in Cuba. Satellite phones are NOT allowed in Cuba and will be confiscated at the airport upon arrival.
Dining on The JAF2
Meals: All meals are included on the liveaboard and are simple yet gourmet. Salads with fresh vegetables and a variety of fruits are available. Fresh sashimi is offered nightly. Dinners feature delicious fresh fish, pork, or chicken entrees.
Open Bar: The open bar is included in the package and includes beer, wine, rum, soft drinks, and water.
Hallway between Cabins
JAF2 Boat Amenities:
• Laundry Service
• Leisure Deck
• Shaded Fishing deck
• Daily housekeeping
• Audio and video entertainment
• TV in cabins
• Air Conditioned saloon and Cabins
• Sun Deck
• Non-Diver (Snorkeler) Friendly
• Warm Water Showers
• Outdoor Dining
• Separate rinse for u/w camera
• Custom built for Fishing
• Hot Tub
Getting to the Liveaboard:
Many US cities have direct flights to Havana. You can also book direct flights to Cayo Coco (CCC) from Canada or Mexico. If you fly to Havana, plan on staying overnight at a hotel here before and after your fishing trip. The private bus transfer to Jardines de la Reina from Havana departs at approximately. 7:00 a.m. and takes 6-8 hours to get to Jucaro Port. If you fly to Cayo Coco, the ground transfer from the airport to Jucaro Port takes 2-3 hours. (The ground transfer from Cayo Coco, Camaguey, or Santa Clara airport is $50.00 per person.) The ground transfer from Havana to the Jucaro Port is $150.00 p.p. one-way, and is not included in the package.
JAF2 Sample Itinerary:
Sunday - Thursday:
7:00 a.m. Wake-up call.
7:30 a.m. Breakfast.
8:00 a.m. Fishing full day with packed lunch.
Your group will have the possibility for lunch at The JAF2, please inform your crew and staff in advance. Return in the afternoon. Appetizers at JAF2. Dinner and overnight on JAF2.
Note: The schedule can be changed according to your preferences and your guide's suggestions.
7:00 a.m. Wake-up call.
7:30 a.m. Breakfast.
8:00 a.m. Fish half-day until noon/1:00 p.m. with packed lunch. At 2:00 p.m., you will be transferred back to Júcaro port with estimated arrival at 7.00 p.m. Appetizers at JAF2. Dinner and overnight at JAF2.
Saturday: 5:00 - 8:00 a.m. Disembarking at Júcaro Port. Transfer to Cayo Coco, Camagüey, Santa Clara, or another international airport (2-hour drive) with an estimated arrival at 7:30 - 10:30 a.m. *If you have a pre-arranged flight, you can disembark the boat early for departing flights from Camaguey.
2023 USD Rates:
7-nights and 5.75-days guided fishing
Full Yacht: Ten cabins - up to five skiffs and guides.
Dec. 31, 2022 - Feb. 18, 2023, and July 15 - Dec. 30, 2023:
Full Yacht: $64,620.00 per group
February 18 - July 15, 2023:
Full Yacht: $102,008.00 per group
2024 USD Rates:7-nights and 5.75-days guided fishing
Full Yacht: Ten cabins up to five skiffs and guides
Dec. 30, 2023 - Feb. 17, 2024, and July 13 - Dec. 28, 2024:
Full Yacht: $69,500.00 per group
February 17 - July 13, 2024:
Full Yacht: $117,500.00 per group
Half-Yacht: $58,750.00 per group
7-nights on The JAF2 (full board basis, which means that breakfast, lunch, and evening meals are included in the package), open bar with beer, wine, rum, soft drinks, and water; guided fishing (two people per skiff), fishing licenses, and for 2023, the Marine Park Conservation Fee. *If traveling to Cayo Coco, Camaguey, or Santa Clara Airport, the 2 to 3-hour ground transfer to the Jucaro Port is included in the package.