Avalon Cayo Largo
As of April 1st, 2008 the incredible Cayo Largo (Long Key) fishery came under the management of Avalon Fishing Center. With this new undertaking we strive to achieve a paradise that fishermen can enjoy and share with their families and non-fisherman friends.
In Cayo Largo you can bonefish on white sand flats while your family enjoys the breathtaking beaches, enjoy a cocktail in the hotel pool, or participate in one of the numerous activities the resort offers.
Fish during the day and relax while watching an incredible sunset in style and comfort in one of the most beautiful pristine natural environments in the world. When you combine this stunning eco system with the personal touch and excellent service that Avalon is renowned for, our 15 years of experience in providing top notch fly fishing trips you are guaranteed a great experience.
One of the great benefits to this destination is that Cayo Largo also has a modern international airport where Canadian, European, and South American aircraft can now fly to directly. There are 3 weekly flights directly from Canada and Italy.
The Sol Club Cayo Largo is a beautiful all-inclusive Resort located on the southern shore Cayo Largo del Sur. Cayo Largo is situated in the Canarreos Archipelago, on the southwestern coast of Cuba and belongs to "Municipio Especial Isla de la Juventud". It is 177 km from Havana City and has 27 km of cool fine-grain white sandy beaches.
The Resort is only 5 minutes from the International Airport. It offers a total of 296 comfortable rooms with a terrace or balcony overlooking the ocean, including 8 Junior Suites and 52 deluxe rooms. This is the perfect destination to bring along a non-fishing wife or girlfriend.
The hotel provides a broad array of services and attractions: a club House for daytime activities, three restaurants, Spanish classes, cocktail and cooking classes, party hall, karaoke night club, a dive school nearby, health Center with gym, sauna, massages at bargain prices, jacuzzi and steam bath, two tennis courts with artificial lighting, multi-purpose courts, bikes, ecological excursions, dancing classes, water sports center for non-motorized water sports, Cuban Club for cultural activities, and theater.
Avalon is one of the few companies in the world that can offer its guests the unique ability to fish in a completely exclusive marine park, free of commercial fishermen, nets or any skiffs or yachts from other companies. Think about the incredible possibilities of having all those nautical kilometers to yourself and being able to choose the species and the places you want to fish, without any fuel limitation during your fishing week. Guests can expect the following species when fishing with Avalon at Cayo Largo: Permit, Bonefish (large ones), Tarpon, Jack Crevalle, Barracudas, Mutton Snapper, Snooks, etc..
Cayo Largo is in the South Central region of the Cuban Archipelago, and it’s one of the last virtually untouched eco systems left on the planet. With 17 miles (27 Km) of fine white sand beaches, the surrounding ocean produces a spectacular kaleidoscope of colours, from incredible shades of ocean blue to the stunning pastels of turquoise and green. When you arrive in Cayo Largo you will be surprised to find a natural environment that has scarcely changed over the last 1000 years.
The marine scenery is incredible around the coral reef system that links the chain of islets around Cayo Largo like an underwater bridge. You will find all your favorite water sports on this island. Scuba diving lovers will be amazed by the explosion of color in this underwater world.
Cayo Largo owes its name to its elongated shape. Around 1494 Admiral Christopher Columbus stopped briefly during his second voyage to Cuba. It is also linked to the large groups of pirates that used to roam the Caribbean Sea.
The bounty of nature found at Cayo Largo is a well-kept secret. It has pristine coral reefs and is complemented by neighboring keys inhabited by numerous species of flora and fauna, among them iguanas, pelicans and turtles.
The climate is warmer than in the Bahamas with an average temperature of 23.6 C in January. These fair weather conditions during the mid winter months are very good for fly fishing the Cayo Largo flats. August, with an average temperature of 28.2 C, is the hottest month in Cuba. There is invariably a pleasant sea breeze but, occasionally, stronger winds can be experienced. The fishing season runs from November until August, thus avoiding the hurricane period during September and October.
The beginning of the season from November to January is very good, with plenty of bonefish (especially big ones) on the flats and mangrove areas. Fishing for tarpon and other species can also be excellent. This is a really nice time to plan a trip to Cayo Largo, as the weather is much warmer in Cuba than in Europe or Northern America.
Peak fishing season is from February to June, when all species are present in the area. Tarpon, bones, permit and jacks will all be encountered during these months. The migratory tarpon, up to 80/100lbs (average 15/30lbs) are regularly spotted and shots at permit are very frequent. Our peak season is the best time to try the Gland Slam. Numerous Grand Slams are achieved each season as well as a few Super Grand Slams (Tarpon, Bonefish, Permit and Snook).
Based on our experience and great fishing results in this area, we continue to protect this fragile ecosystem. Together with our biologists and marine specialists, we have decided to designate Cayo Largo a fly fishing only destination.
In the late part of the season, the weather gets hot but the fishing is still very productive, especially for tarpon and permit. Fishing for bonefish is also very good in the morning and in the evening. Our statistics indicate a very surprising summer phenomenon: that the same number of fish are caught during the hot months as in the peak season, but by half the number of rods. This illustrates how fabulously productive the summer months in Cayo Largo can be for our anglers.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR DOMESTIC FLIGHTS TO CAYO LARGO
On current year, Cuban rules for admission of items on board are stricter than past, for security reasons on domestic flights.
Hooks, nylons (including tippets, leaders, etc.), spray or fishing rods (regardless of size) are not allowed in hand luggage. They must be shipped as checked with bags.
For your convenience and luggage safety, we suggest to put some kind of lock on the luggage to be carried.
Thanks for understanding.