Hotel Rancho – Isle of Youth, Cuba

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The Hotel Rancho El Tesoro, Avalon’s fishing base on the Isle of Youth, sits on the outskirts of Gerona, and offers comfortable accommodations for our anglers with large air-conditioned rooms, lots of storage space and excellent showers with plenty of hot water.





The fishing

Fishing is done from Dolphin skiffs and covers a range of options – deeper, turtle grass flats perfect for poling in the skiff, hard-bottomed wading flats and plenty of deeper channels and cuts. Bonefish are present in huge numbers, with an average size of around 5lb and there are regular opportunities to cast at double-digit fish. On top of that, tarpon are here in large numbers (averaging around 60lb in size) and permit schools are often sighted, many of them in the 15-20lb class. The abundance of snook close to the shore makes this the perfect place for those seeking a saltwater super slam.

Fishing has only become available here in recent years (thanks to the pioneering work of Avalon) and as such, this is still something of a virgin fishery. When you cast your fly, you’ll do so in the knowledge that the fish have probably never seen one like it before.

The facilities

Staying at El Rancho gives you the opportunity to sample some superb fishing, but also to get a feel for life in a Cuban town other than Havana (fishermen on their way north and south rarely see anywhere else).

As a fishing guest here, you’ll be provided with a large air-conditioned single room, lots of storage space and hot water showers. Maids will clean your room each day and will also do laundry for you if you’d like. Security at the hotel is excellent and the front desk is open on a 24-hour basis. Telephone service is available to anywhere in the world and there is internet service for hotel guests.
Anglers staying at Hotel Rancho have their own private dining room, exclusive from the other hotel guests, as well as their own private chef and waiting staff. The dining room is air-conditioned and used not only for meals but also as a place to relax before dinner with a Cuban cigar.


Low Season (Jan 08 – April 1 & Jun 4 – July 29): €2,490
High Season (April 2 – June 3): €3,650
Peak Season (May 1 – May 28) €3,980
3-day Package (Jan 08 – April 1 only): €1,000

Price includes: All transfers inside Cuba (excluding airport-hotel journey), 2 nights (1 night before/1 night after) in 5-star hotel in Havana, 7 nights in single room with full board at Hotel Rancho, 6 full days fishing (shared skiff), beverages at Hotel Rancho – 20 beers & 50 drinks (water & soft drinks)

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