Havana and Zapata National Park

Experience Historic Havana and Cuba's Pristine Saltwater Flats Fishing

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Species

Bonefish, permit, tarpon

Recommended Length

7-10 Days

Season(s)

January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

Your time in Havana, with its fine rum and cigars, historical landmarks and bustling streets full of classic American cars, is an experience that will stay with you for a lifetime. You may not want to leave the city, but trust us, the incredible fishing is not to be missed. The pristine waters of Zapata National Park are comprised of target-rich flats as far as the eye can see. With super short travel times from the U.S., this trip is all very budget friendly.

Your trip will begin with your flight into Havana. Trek will assist with your options as there are numerous charter flights now being offered into Havana from major ports. Once you arrive into Havana, you will be met just outside Immigrations by an agent from Take Me Away Travel who will help collection of your bags and then make the 30 minute drive to the Hotel Parque Central in Old Havana. The next day and a half we experience a whirlwind tour of old car museums, Montecristo cigar factory and learn how to make rum from the folks at Old Havana. We will also see some sights of Old Havana like the La Cabana Fort, Salsa night clubs and just soaking in the charm of the Cuban people. Our time in Havana will be followed by three days of fishing in Zapata National Park, two days on the flats at Las Salinas and a day of tarpon angling on the Hatiguanico River from our headquarters at the refurbished Enridan Lodge on Playa Larga about two hours south of Havana.

Zapata National Park is known for its diverse ecosystem and year-round fishery offering clients the fishing destination of a lifetime. Anglers will fish the three principal areas: the salt flats and bocas at Las Salinas, the Rio Hatiguanico (Cuba’s Amazon River), and San Lazaro. Here flyrodders and spin anglers alike will have the chance to take tarpon, snook, bonefish and permit as well as snappers, cudas and jacks. Guides are all local and very experienced and will be fishing from brand new 16 Micro (solo angler) and 17 Elite Beavertail Skiffs with 30 and 60 horse motors respectively. You can expect to see miles and miles of flats interspersed with lagoons and channels holding large populations of teeming fish.

The Hotel Nacional is a landmark hotel located near the historic Malecon extending from the Harbour to Vedado. The hotel has 457 rooms and suites and is literally a museum full of treasures. It is well located within walking distance from many bars and restaurants. At Playa Larga we have renovated a new section of the Playa Larga Hotel has been dedicated strictly for our 2017 anglers. The Enridan Lodge has a private entrance with 24-hour security and a new Angler’s Lounge serving cocktails and food. The rooms are located close to the water and are being updated to include well-appointed amenities such as new furniture, air conditioning, ceiling fans, television, a separate sitting room and large bathroom. Guests can expect good, casual dining with local farm-to-table vegetables and fruits as well as locally caught fish, chicken and criollo pork. All meals are served in the spacious, air-conditioned dining room centrally located at the Hotel.

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