Cayo Romano (previously Cayo Cruz) combines some of the biggest bonefish in Cuba with more permit than most other destinations. Furthermore, it offers plentiful activities for non-angling spouses and families.
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. Cayo Cruz is part of the larger archipelgo known as Cayo Romano. 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 best fishing at Cayo Romano is that at the eastern end of the chain of islands – at Cayo Cruz 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. Here you find probably more permit than in any other destination in Cuba, and it is difficult to to find a larger average size of bonefish than those that frequent the flats at Cayo Cruz. Good numbers of sizeable tarpon are also to be found not only in the channels but as well providing great sight casting opportunties on the flats. Add to this the natural beauty of the cays and of the water and you have a truly memorable place to fish.
This destination now offers 5 star accommodation at the new , all-inclusive, Hotel Spa Cayo Cruz. This is a luxury hotel just 50 metres from the fishing dock, where you start the fishing each morning. It is an all-inclusive hotel and spa with swimming pool, bar, lounge, fitness center, etc, featuring many activities for non fishing guests.
The hotel is 1 hour’s drive from Cayo Coco airport, and 2 hours from Camaguey airport. There is a brand new asphalt road that connects Cayo Cruz to both airports, which makes your transfers easy and quick.
The fishing Programme at Cayo Cruz is for 7 nights, and 6 full days fishing. It is a Saturday to Saturday Programme,as below:
Flight arrival in to Camaguey or Cayo Coco airport
Group transfer to Cayo Cruz hotel (Transfers to and from Havana can be arranged at
Overnight at Cayo Cruz
Sunday – Friday
7:00 am Wake-Up call
7:30 am Breakfast
8:00 am Fishing
Return in the afternoon
Appetizer and dinner
Overnight in the Hotel
Note: Schedule can be changed according to your preferences and your
Morning transfer to Cayo Coco or Camaguey Airport
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 – 2022:
The rates for the Fishing Programme at Cayo Cruz above, on a shared basis, are:
Fishermen: From USD3,690/person, depending upon season
Single Supplements are available
NB: There are certain weeks for which we are able to make special offers
Reception at the Cayo Coco or Camaguey airport and transfer to Hotel
7 nights in CAYO CRUZ in 5-star hotel, double room base, full board at the
6 full days guided fishing, sharing a skiff
Beverages while fishing on skiff, 4 drinks (beer, water, soft drinks), each
fishing day – All-inclusive at the hotel
Tips, personal expense; and drinks other than stated above.
Transfer on arrival and departure from airports other than those above; USD100 ‘Oceans for Youth’ National Park conservation fee; Cuban visa
Transfers inside Cuba from Havana airport
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.