Cayo Cruz

Cayo Romano

Castaway Flyfishing Company is proud to have been the first to promote what has now become one of Cuba’s hottest fly-fishing destinations.

Located on Cuba’s north coast, in the Provinces of Ciego del Avila and Camaguey, lies this vast and – until now – virgin archipelago of islands and cays which provide some of the best and most varied fishing in the whole country.  Until recently, the area has been under military control thus ensuring that most of what is covered by this operation is truly virgin fishing territory.

Also, those concerned by the occasional cold fronts from the north during January to March can be assured that Cayo Romano is privileged in having an extensive string of cays on its northern border which protects it from all but the most violent of weather patterns. On the other hand, being located on the northern side of the island it is fortunate to escape the perennial hurricane activity which normally passes by to the south of Cuba.

The Fishing:

The best fishing at Cayo Romano is that at the eastern end of the chain of islands - at Cayo Cruz - with a base in the village of Brasil (formerly Jaronú) in the Province of Camaguey.

Thanks to the prohibition of commercial fishing, there is no doubt that the average size of bonefish, permit and of tarpon at Cayo Cruz – as well as the sheer numbers in which they are to be found under the right conditions – is the envy of most other destinations in the Caribbean.

Cayo Cruz demonstrates all the characteristics of a recently discovered, virgin fishing territory – large numbers of fish, good sizes and their evident lack of exposure to flies and leaders. Add to this the natural beauty of the cays and of the water and you have a truly memorable place to fish.

The Programme:

The fishing Programme at Cayo Cruz is for 7 nights, and 6 full days fishing.  Because of the various options for getting to and from Cayo Cruz, the basic package is not inclusive of local transfers.  It is a Saturday to Saturday Programme,as below:


Arrival to La Casona de Romano (in Brasil / Jaronu city),

check in

Lunch followed by meeting with fishing guides or manager

Sunday - Friday,

07.30AM: Wake up call


Transfer to Cayo Romano (20 min transfer)

Full fishing day with packed lunch

Transfer back to La Casona



Wake up call


Check out at La Casona de Romano


At Cayo Cruz, the Lodge, Casona de Romano, was at one time a privately owned mansion belonging to the owner of the nearby sugar refinery. Its elegant exterior, and the landscaped estate in which it resides, suggest a level of luxury that alas is difficult to match today. It is located in the village of Brasil in Camaguey Province.

A new live-aboard option, Avalon Fleet 1, has been added to options available at Cayo Cruz, and guests may spend part of the week at the Lodge and the rest on La Reina subject to availability.  This vessel offers each guest his own single cabin.  There are 8 deluxe king cabins, each cabin has a private bathroom with air conditioning and heat controls, electricity plugs, as well as storage in drawers. Each room has panoramic windows to enjoy the breathtaking view on the Caribbean beaches.



The period January to March brings with it the risk of cold fronts from the north-east. However, as explained above, Cayo Romano – particularly the eastern section – is well protected by the string of cays that shelter most of the fishing spots. The fishing at this time is good, particularly for good-sized bonefish, small and medium tarpon (20-30 lbs), and from mid-January the permit begin to appear.

The period April to June is perhaps the best time both for weather and for the appearance of large quantities of huge tarpon – in addition to the bonefish and permit.

July and August the fishing is the same, but hotter (and mosquitoes). August to October is recognised as the hurricane period but, as stated above, most of this activity is normally to the south of the island.

September to December is a good period for bonefish and for smaller quantities of large and medium tarpon.

Rates - 2015/16:

The rates for the Fishing Programme at Cayo Cruz above, on a shared basis, are:

  • La Casona:  From Euros 2,490/person, depending upon season
  • Avalon Fleet 1:  From Euros 44,300 (for 4 skiffs and 8 guests on a single room basis), or USD 53,990

NB:  There are certain weeks for which we are able to make special offers


Reception at Havana or Cayo Coco airport

7 nights at La Casona de Romano (Jaronú), double room, full board - or on Avalon Fleet 1, single room, full board

Daily Return Transfers between La Casona de Romano and the fishing area

6 fishing days with private guide, packed lunch

Travel assistance in Cuba

Fishing license

Not Included:

VIP service in Havana airport at arrival

Airport Transfers: International airport to Hotels on arrival or before departure

Accommodation in Havana or Cayo Coco, on arrival or before departure

Local Air and Road Transfers inside Cuba between airports, Havana, Cayo Coco and La Casona de Romano/Avalon Fleet 1


Cuban visa

Travel and medical insurance

Airport tax (CUC 25 to be paid at the airport before leaving)

Optional Services:

Transfers inside Cuba to and from La Casona de Romano

Accommodation in Havana or Cayo Coco, on arrival or before departure


A deposit of 20% is required to secure your booking.  A further 40% is payable 6 months before departure and the balance of 40% is payable 60 days before commencement of the programme.