Cuba is the largest island in the West Indies and includes the island of Cuba, the Isle of Youth (also known as Isle of Pines), and over 4,000 keys and islets with more than 200 bays and over 300 natural beaches. The population of Cuba is approximately 11,000,000 inhabitants, Havana being the capital. Royal palm trees, coconut palms, sugarcane, and tropical fruit trees are all common to the island. Cuba features some of the richest flora in the world. With about 900 different kinds of fish and 400 kinds of birds, there are no animals that represent a danger to humans. Sugarcane is the number one crop, other crops include tobacco, citrus fruit, and coffee. Cuba has the world's largest open-pit ore deposits for nickel mining. Education is free at all levels. According to the Cuban government, illiteracy has been completely eradicated. Cuba has dozens of centers for higher learning. There are universities or faculty departments, high schools, special schools for the handicapped, and technical schools. Cuba's health-care system is unmatched elswhere in Latin America. It fully covers the needs of the country's citizens. Medical care is free for all Cubans. Cuba has the lowest infant mortality rate in Latin America and one of the lowest in the world:1 per 1,000 live births. The life expectancy rate is around 75 years. Cuban life is characterized by a wide variety of cultural activities. Literature, fine arts, cinema, ballet, contemporary dance and drama have all provided Cuban culture with internationally renowned figures. Cuban food is the result of a synthesis of Spanish and African culinary traditions, to which Chinese elements were added in the late nineteenth century. Ajiaco is the national dish: a thick soup made with meat (especially pork), along with different kinds of edible vegetable roots and stems. The taste will depend on the vegetables used, and the seasoning. Other typical Cuban dishes include: Lechon asado en pala - broiled pork cooked on a stick over an open fire
Tachinos, chatinos or tostones - fried unripe sliced bananas
Frijoles negros dormidos - very thickly cooked black beans
CongrÌ oriental - a combination of rice and red kidney beans
Moros y cristianos - rice and black beans
Picadillo a la habanera - Havana mincemeat
The excellence of Cuban rum, a product of its unique aging process, has made Cuban cocktails a perennial favorite the world over. Old-gold dry and extra-aged rums are best for drinking straight up or on the rocks. For cocktails, light dry and silver dry are ideal. The most famous Cuban cocktails served in most bars are Cuba Libre, Mojito, Daiquiri, Daiquiri Mulata, Havana Special, Piña Colada, Cubanito, Isla de Pinos (Isle of Pines), Presidente, Saoco, and Cuba Bella.
With an average water temperature of 26º degrees Celsius (79º F), you will discover the best possible swimming conditions. Above all, you will enjoy the transparent Cuban waters with Avalon for fishing, scuba diving or snorkeling and the rich nature of the country's coral barrier reefs, which can be compared to Australia's Great Barrier Reef. Cuba's beach season lasts all year long, a never-ending summer from January to December.
All of these characteristics have contributed to highlighting the exceptional subtropical natural elements that provide Cuba with a truly marvellous landscape. Just turn a corner and you might be amazed to find a green valley flecked with red soil. Further on ahead, a cluster of hills with crystal clear streams cascading into sparkling waterfalls.
Havana Aside from its famous Old City, Havana also has a fascinating modern section that began to grow quickly at the start of 20th century. Here you will discover houses of a unique eclecticism and tall buildings, products of Havana's contemporary vitality. Of all the suburban neighborhoods that make up this other Havana, the "Vedado" is the one preferred by everybody, Cubans and foreigners alike. Along their streets you will find the greatest number of theaters, art galleries, movies, cultural institutions, specialized restaurants, cafes, bars, and entertainment hotspots. Its main artery is 23rd Street, best known as "La Rampa", where you have to pay attention as you walk down the streets, because there is art under your feet, traditional works of art on tiles of multicolored granite that renowned Cuban artists such as Wifredo Lam, Rene Portocarrero and Amelia Pelez, among others, decided to offer the general public as a means of beautifying 500 meters of sidewalk. But there is another Havana, a nocturnal Havana, for all those wishing to discover the good vibrations of music that moves even the most rigid hips and reluctant spirits to be enjoyed, in discos and night clubs such as the Tropicana, the mythical cabaret under the stars, most coveted for its breathtaking shows and its rumba-dancing beauties who defy the sky when they emerge dancing from the trees. And what can one say about Havana's famous rum, savoured straight or on the rocks or mixed in fabulous cocktails, renowned as the best in the world. Of course we can't forget Cuba's world famous writer Ernest Hemingway, his country house (La Vigia) in San Francisco de Paula, on the outskirts of Havana, has been preserved exactly as the great American writer left it when he went on his final trip and is now a museum. Every single object, souvenir, hunting trophy, book and piece of furniture has been zealously preserved as an important part of the cultural heritage of Cuba and the world.
Fishing in Cuba with Avalon Fishing Centers:
Fishing in Cuba is a permanent delight and a mixture of incomparable sensations on the hour, in the exclusive fishing centers of AVALO at Jardines de la Reina (Gardens of the Queen), Isla de la Juventud (Island of Youth) and in its new center on Cayo Largo (Long Key) offers. You will be tempted with the most combative and acrobatic species, while enjoying the exclusiveness of a vast area of endless flats just for you. This is a unique and incomparable possibility that Avalon offers their clients, fishing in their own marine park on the southern coast of Cuba. There is no doubt that this is a once in a lifetime opportunity. Imagine to be able to choose the place where you want to fish, and challenge the species you want and do so accompanied by the most experienced and knowledgeable guides, who spend almost 250 days every year guiding visitors and who enjoy all the benefits and opportunities that this amazing environment offers.
These they are some of the species that you can fish in Avalon, Cuba:
Bonefish or Macabi: This combative species allows the fishermen to be initiated into flats fishing, and is without any doubt one of the most combative fish, keeping in mind his relative weight – power. His long runs often leave the backing and at the same time they put to test the dexterity of the fishermen and his tackle. The weight of these fish oscillates between 3 and 6 pounds although usually we achieve fish that surpass 8 pounds. Their mouth, with pronounced upper lips gives their nickname of “mouse fish", this particularity obliges the fishermen to be very careful of the precise moment and during the fight since these slippery species often manage to remove our artificial flies - keep your lines tense, your rod over the shoulders and leave them running!!!! These will be some of the instructions that your guide will give you during the battle with these marvelous fish. The main food of this species is shrimp, and for that reason we should try and make flies which resemble these small invertebrates.
Tarpon or Sabalo: Without a doubt, they are marine monsters. The exclusiveness and low fishing pressure that you will only find at Avalon Fishing Centers, allow you to find and to fish specimens running from 40 to 80 pounds average. In recent years various fish have exceeded 100 pounds. These fish make fishermen and guides extremely cautious, since they are very skillful and not at all clumsy in their movements despite their great size. An average fight before tiring one of these fish lasts about half an hour, and the fight will be a great show of leaps and racing of these enormous silver arrows. Without a doubt, large Tarpon fishing is an experience of a lifetime. They eat small fish, are hunters by excellence and their tremendous aggressiveness makes them a great species for using impressionist flies and decoys.
Permit or Palometa: Every flats angler’s holy grail and probably nemesis as well. They are undeniably the key species to achieving the elusive grand slam. Usually you will find them joining large schools of Bonefish, since they share the same main diet, crab. To be able to capture a few of this awesome species, you need to place special attention on launching and presentation because they are really easily frightened when detecting any uncommon movement or any “food” moving in an unnatural way. This demands concentration during the fight, but at the same time gratifies the fisherman who land any of them.
Besides the mentioned species you will be able to fish other ones like Snappers, Jacks, Snooks Barracudas, Needlefish or the combative and voracious Lemons.
The fishing day in Avalon begins at dawn. Your crew will wake you up and invite you to a delicious breakfast, including the freshest tropical fruits. After breakfast, your guide will be expecting you to start your fishing day. At noon you will have the possibility to relax and enjoy a lunch on one of the heavenly local beaches. Then off to taking up fishing again with force. At sunset, you will return to your boat where you will be delighted with a typical drink and appetizers recently prepared by the crew members. At night, dinner offers plenty of seafood, and the possibility of being a guest of honor with some recently trapped lobster - all prepared in the most diverse and original ways by your chef.
All the live aboards include air conditioning and private bathrooms, which will allow you rest and recuperate to regain strength overnight in order to enjoy this tropical paradise during the day.
This it is without doubts one of the points you will enjoy most, your eyes will be delighted with the various colors that this Caribbean water offers, coasts of different and white sand tones of a crystalline sea, since the blue intense one on the deep zones passing for the inequable tone that the funds of choirs offers, to the unmistakable color of the flats of sand near the coasts, where you will appreciate the incomparable underwater life that this region offers. The fishermen often we feel hypnotized and fascinated by the "sound of the silence", somewhat frequent by these spots, where you will only hear the noise of waves, or some dolphin that greets you near the skiff, of the amazing noise of your spool yielding line during the long races of some bonefish or permit, or of the marvelous crash produced by some tarpon that delights us and trembles with its numerous and acrobatic leaps after being hooked. Nothing of horns, engines or cell phones, only you, the nature and the adrenaline of fishing.
Our last generation skiffs, all with very fast and stiff helmet, will allow you to travel conveniently and safe to every fishing destination during your stay in Avalon, one should recall that there are not fuel limitations, and you will be able to go to the best and hidden points of fishing without objections, all the skiffs have place for your fishing tackles and equipment, and a hidden cooler to keep fresh your beverages, fruits and food during the hole fishing day. The bow has enough space to support a fisherman without problems in the bar especially located on every skiff, which gives comfort and incomparable maneuverability while you cast and enjoy your fish.
The Cuban weather is pleasant most of the year, the temperatures oscillate 25ºC in the day with a light descent during the nights, most of the day the breeze appeases the strong sun but likewise we recommend to carry a good solar protection as well as repellent blocker for mosquito’s, because in the afternoons they usually hound us for some minutes and is convenient to be prepared.
The guides and crew of Avalon spend about 250 days every year in the sea, what gives them vast experience about every need, expectations and anxieties you may have, the work of the crew, sailors and captain, as well as your guide, begins on the same moment you arrive until the end of your fishing trip, and they will be able for you in any hour and circumstance. Our guides are specialists in any fishing modality, be fly fishing, spinning or bait casting, and they will advise you in every moment making your fishing trip an experience for a lifetime. The crew members are in charge of the ship, the food, room cleaning and general maintenance, so you should not be worried at all by any of these needs.
Diving in Cuba and especially in Avalon Jardines de la Reina (Gardens of the Queen) is incomparable, you literally will be exhausted to see any kind of shark, caribbeans, silkeys, lemons, and even the coveted whale shark, which usually surpass 10 meters!!!, but sharks viewing is not the only thing that any diver will enjoy when choosing the Gardens, there is also numerous rich underwater life in invertebrates, mollusks, thousands of any kind fish and varieties, etc… There is no chance to be defrauded after diving these spots, enjoying the diversity and variety that only can be given on this exclusive paradise that allows its guests on choosing the species they want to dive with, the immersion difficulty degree, the duration, etc…
For further information please contact Rafn Alfreðsson
or feel free to call me on my mobile 00-354-824-6460