ISLA DE JUVENTUD
The Hotel Rancho El Tesoro islocated on the outskirts of Gerona, the Isle of Youth's largest city of 75,000people. "Hotel Rancho" offers comfortable accommodations for ouranglers with large single rooms for each angler. Each room has queen beds, airconditioning, lots of storage space and good showers. Your maids will cleanyour room each day and do laundry/ironing on request. (Please leave a suitabletip for these extra services) Security at the hotel is excellent and the frontdesk is open on a 24 hour basis. Telephone service is available to anywhere inthe world as well as internet access for hotel guests.
Meals are superb, a combination of classic Cuban dishes like smoked pork,chicken, black bean soup, rice and beans and fresh fish like mutton snapper andgrouper. The french fries are out of this world. Salads with fresh tomatoes andother vegetables are served with olive oil and Balsamic Vinegar dressing. Ourchef is happy to prepare sashimi from freshly caught fish of the day. Eveningmeals feature several different entrees, and our chef has often been accused ofpreparing enough food for twice the number of people we'll have at the table.We can promise you that no one will go hungry on this trip! Anglers staying atHotel Rancho have their own private dining room, as well as their own privatechef and wait staff. The dining room is air-conditioned and used not only formeals but also as a place to relax before dinner with a perfect Mojito andperhaps a classic Cuban Cigar.
The Perola is a 75-foot luxury live-aboard yacht thatwe utilize for weekly trips to the more remote areas of the CanarreosArchipelago. We stop off at selected anchorages like Cayo Campo, Cayo Roserioand the Cantiles islands. This is a wonderful yacht, recently refurbished andperfect for a group of six anglers. There are five very comfortableair-conditioned beds below deck, 4 single beds and 1 double bed, all sharedcabins have their own private bath, with good showers and plenty of hot water,and lots of storage space for anglers.
This isan impressive yacht, with polished hardwood floors and teak paneling. Circularstairways take you downstairs to the cabins or upstairs to the dining area onthe top deck. The top deck is covered and always remains in the shade but opento the sea breeze, insuring a very comfortable and insect free environment.Clear plastic side coverings are utilized in harder winds or in inclementweather. Several comfortable rope hammocks are hung from the ceiling structureand can be lowered after lunch or dinner for a delightful nap in the breeze. Afull sized, air-conditioned salon on the main deck level can be utilized for aliving and dining area in extremely harsh weather. Sinking into one of theplush couches with a good drink is the perfect way to end a long day on theflats and a full size table in the salon is the perfect spot for a couple ofanglers to tie flies.
Cuisine on the Perola is superb. Fresh fish of the dayare utilized for most meals, either caught by the anglers themselves orharvested by the crew. Lobster and Conch can be had on a daily basis from thesurrounding waters. Salads with fresh vegetables and a variety of fruits areavailable any time. In addition, you'll have wonderful pork and chicken entreesduring the week, fresh sashimi for appetizers and some of the finest frozenDaiquiris known to man. Traditional Cuban flan topped off with aged Havana ClubRum is one of the many unique and delicious deserts served.