On the far western tip of the Caribbean island of Cuba is the Guanahavabibes Peninsula and the home of El Faro Lodge. Preserved for 40 years, this national park and biosphere reserve is where anglers will find 200 miles of flats, beaches, channels, mangroves, coral reef, and blue water – all coming together for what is a fly fishing and conventional fishing paradise. Tarpon, bonefish, permit, snook, triggerfish, jack crevalle, and a wide range of blue water species are all available in waters that have been largely untouched and remain uniquely wild and natural.
The region is not only still wild and without fishing pressure, but it is also home to a unique mix of beaches, channels, mangroves, flats, and blue water, thereby allowing anglers to partake in different waters and angling experiences each and every day.
Remote, backcountry flats, coral reefs, and expansive blue water make these waters especially attractive for fly fishing and conventional angling. The Guanahacabibes Peninsula and its national park and biosphere reserve have been preserved for 40 years and offer world-class fishing for many flats and offshore species. The region is not only still wild and without fishing pressure, but it is also home to a unique mix of beaches, channels, mangroves, flats, and blue water, thereby allowing anglers to take on different waters and experiences each day.
GPS Coordinates: 21°53’53.63″N 84°56’12.31″W
Reservations & Rates
USD$5,500 per person (single/private room/double fishing)
USD$4,000 per non-angler
El Faro capacity is limited to 12 guests
Reception in Havana Airport / Transfers inside Cuba as detailed in itinerary / seven nights at El Faro Lodge (single/private rooms) / 6 full days of guided fishing / all beverages, plus nightly cocktails, wine, rum, and all the meals.
Fishing tackle / Tips / Cuban Visa/Tourist Card / hotel in Havana / any additional tourism in Cuba
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Seasons at El Faro Lodge
2020 will mark the first year of operation at El Faro. We are running an abbreviated season from mid April through early July, what we believe to be the peak of the season, especially for tarpon, permit, bonefish and snook.
Obviously, with a couple seasons under our belt, we will better understand the seasonality of this fishery as well as what months offer peak fishing for each flats fishing species.
Getting to El Faro Lodge
The politics of travel to and from Cuba for US Citizens is constantly changing. As of this writing, it is surprisingly simple. Technically, it remains illegal for US Citizens to travel to Cuba for the purposes of tourism (with “fishing” considered tourism). However, there are 12 legally permitted reasons for visiting Cuba. For travel to El Faro Lodge, anglers will want to say they are: “a person whose travel to Cuba is directly incident to participation in a public performance, clinic, workshop, non-athletic competition or other athletic competition”. Every airline handles this differently; some might require you to check a box on a signed affidavit specifying your purpose for travel, while most US-based airlines now simply ask you verbally. It is very informal, and everyone knows it’s a smokescreen to allow US tourists into Cuba.
The second step is to obtain your Cuban Visa, or Tourist Card. Again, there is quite a bit of discrepancy here, and every airline handles it differently. You can order the Tourist Card in advance on-line, while most people just get the Tourist Card at the departure gate en-route to Cuba. The price varies depending on where you get the Tourist Card, ranging from $50 - $100. At every departing gate, before boarding the plane, regardless of airline, there is a small desk or kiosk where you need to check in. If you have your Tourist Card, they ask to see it and stamp your boarding pass, indicating you are all set to travel to Cuba. Once you arrive in Cuba with your Tourist Card in hand, clearing Immigrations and Customs is quite easy and simple.
There are many flights traveling to Cuba through Mexico, Canada, and many other International Ports. Currently, there are also many options to travel directly from the United States to Cuba, from several US -based hubs including: Los Angeles, Houston, Atlanta, Miami, Charlotte, and New York.
Many angling guests traveling to Cuba choose to plan extra time to see and experience this amazing country, and to meet the wonderful people who live and work there. There are some good options for tours in and around Havana, to the country at the Valle de Vinales to visit cigar-making factories and farms, or extended stays to some of the other historic cities or beach resorts located around the island.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Anyone traveling to Cuba should be prepared for the reality that time and infrastructure there stopped in the 1950s. While this is certainly part of the allure, don’t expect anything to operate smoothly. Vehicles break down, delays are common, flights get cancelled, and a common joke is that it is safer to walk in the street than the sidewalk, because you’re more likely to get hit by pieces of falling roof than by a car. The concept of customer service is starting to take hold, especially at the higher-end hotels and private restaurants…but much of the country and businesses remain under government control and as such service (and quality) can be quite bad in some places it’s not uncommon to show up with a reservation and get moved to a different room or even a different hotel. Just be prepared to go with the flow and take everything in stride; it’s all part of the adventure of exploring this “country that time forgot.” '
EL FARO, CUBA ITINERARY
Day 0: Arrival to Havana (HAV), Cuba:
Day of arrival in Havana, Cuba and transfer to El Faro Lodge. In order to transfer to El Faro Lodge on this day, you will need to arrange flights arriving into Havana (HAV) no later than 1:00 pm. Many guests opt to arrive the day before and overnight in a hotel in Havana.
There are many direct flights already operating in/out of Cuba from several major US airport hubs, and it is a simple process to arrange these flights on-line, directly with the Airlines or through a professional travel agent like Holdy Tours (800) 446-1111 or Alicia@holdytours.com.
American Airlines: www.aa.com
Delta Air Lines: www.delta.com
Southwest Airlines: www.southwest.com
United Airlines: www.united.com
A representative from Untamed Angling will be waiting for you in the International Airport. If overnighting in Havana, they will pick you up at your hotel.
The transfer from the airport to El Faro Lodge is aboard a premium bus, accompanied by a bilingual guide, and takes approximately 5.5 hours. Meals and beverages are included during the travel. You’ll arrive to the lodge in time for cocktails and a delicious dinner.
El Faro Lodge is the first and only beachfront fishing lodge in Cuba. Single occupancy, spacious wood constructed cabins with private en-suite bathrooms are available for all guests. Gourmet food is a hallmark of all Untamed Angling destinations, and you can expect many modern comforts while enjoying the wilderness of Western Cuba.
Day 1 to Day 6 - 6 Full Fishing Days:
Breakfast is served early and guests will spend a full day on the flats. Lunch is served either at the marina or on the beach, depending on the fishing areas. Appetizers and drinks are served in the evening, followed by well-prepared dinners.
Day 7: Day of Departure:
In the morning, guests will pack up and be transferred back to either the International Airport (HAV) (flights cannot depart before 5:00 pm), or to a Havana hotel to spend a night there before travelling back home the next day. Overnight accommodations in Havana are not included in the trip package.
Lodging at El Faro Lodge
El Faro Lodge is the first and only beachfront fishing lodge in Cuba. Single occupancy, spacious wood constructed cabins with private bathrooms are available for all our guests.
Offering first-class service and many luxuries, guests can enjoy the sunrise from their rooms in the morning and dinner and cigars on the beach at night after a day on the water. Gourmet food is a hallmark of all Untamed Angling destinations, and you can expect many modern comforts while enjoying the wilderness of Western Cuba.
Fishing at El Faro Lodge
For saltwater anglers, Cuba has an abundance of riches. Home to some of the best tarpon, bonefish, and permit fishing in the world, anglers will find that the flats are filled with healthy populations of numerous species.
In addition to the “big three,” anglers can take on giant barracuda, triggerfish, jacks, and more. And guests aren’t limited to the flats on a trip with us. From sailfish to wahoo to tuna, Cuba has drawn anglers from all over the world, and offshore fishing can be a great way to add even more to a diverse angling experience.
Anglers can access mangroves, channels, beaches, and remote wilderness flats from our skiffs. These boats allow anglers to comfortably and quickly get to the most productive water each day.
What Makes This Destination Special and Unique?
• A REMOTE FISHERY IN CUBA, PROTECTED FOR MORE THAN 40 YEARS!
The Guanahacabibes Peninsula and its national park and biosphere reserve have been preserved for 40 years and offer world-class fishing for many flats and offshore species. The region is not only still wild and without fishing pressure, but also home to a unique mix of beaches, channels, mangroves, flats, and blue water, thereby allowing anglers to take on different waters and experiences each day. With 40 years of protection the waters of El Faro are not over fished and the fish are happy and eaters...
• LAND BASED OPERATION WITH SINGLE/PRIVATE ROOMS
El Faro Lodge is the first and only land based, beachfront fishing lodge in Cuba. Single occupancy, spacious wooden cabins with private bathrooms are available for all guests. Private, single occupancy rooms ensures you will get a restful sleep and be ready to take advantage of the varied fishing opportunities El Faro has to offer.
• ONE OF THE MOST RESPECTED OUTFITTERS IN THE WORLD
El Faro is outfitted by the “Jungle Guys” Untamed Angling, one of the most experienced and recognized outfitters in the world; the same fanatic anglers that discovered Tsimane, the Dorado fishing destination in Bolivia. These folks are pros with years of operating experience; you are in very capable hands. The management and staff will take care of all the logistics, support and mechanics of the trip, all you have to do is fish as hard as you can and enjoy the experience.