We are extremely excited to offer a new Cuban adventure that combines both an introduction to the culture and life of the Cuban people and the pristine fishery of the Zapata Peninsula. You’re invited to join host Jon Covich, who has made more than a dozen trips to Cuba, on this amazing adventure. Jon has spent many weeks exploring the back streets of Havana and visited some of the most remote and seldom visited corners of the country. Jon has fished every available fishery on the island and his unique passion for Cuba and vast experience in the country will prove invaluable to guests that choose to join him on this remarkable excursion.
“ Somehow, I just can’t seem to get enough of Cuba. Besides having fished all the destinations in Cuba, I have made a concerted effort to really understand the country. I am fascinated by the Cuban people, by the way they live, in understanding how they have managed within a pretty difficult political system, and so much else of what it means to be Cuban. In every trip to the island, I have added extra days to explore the back streets of Havana, to drive around the less-tourist centered cities on the island, to go to baseball games, find good music, and discover the best cigar factories, etc. I think that I can add value and insight to people wanting to truly experience Cuba and all it has to offer.”
This unique cultural/fishing adventure complies with all of the requirements set forth by the United State’s Office of Foreign Asset Control. All guests will have the same daily itinerary, and participate together in group activities. Individuals joining this trip are required to retain a copy of their final itinerary for the next five years.
Please do not delay in letting us know if you are interested in joining as we expect space to fill quickly for this trip.
Date: April 29 – May 6, 2018
Rate: $4,650 per person
Note: Currently 7 spots available (Jon will join as host with a minimum of 5 guests signed up)
For more information call Dylan Rose at 800.552.2729
Guests Arrive in Havana. Check in to the Hotel Parque Centrale after transferring from airport.
4:00pm: We have a walking tour of the historical Plazas in Old Havana. These Plazas include San Francisco de Asis, Plaza Vieja, “Arma” Square and Cethedral Square.
7:30pm: We will dine at one of Cuba’s new privately owned restaurants, El Canonazo Paladar. This family-run establishment is located in a very small community east of Havana, with a quaint backyard restaurant and fine Cuban cuisine. We will also see the La Cabana Fortress, built by the Spanish to protect Havana’s harbor, and observe the nightly canon blast ceremony.
10:00pm: Return to our hotel via the famous Oceanside Malecon
After breakfast at the hotel, we will discover Hemingway’s Havana. This will include visits to some of the author’s favorite haunts in the city, as well as a tour of La Vigia farm, where Hemingway lived and wrote over many years. We will also have a short walking tour of Cojimar, the small fishing village where Hemingway moored his boat Pilar, and was the inspiration for his book, “The Old Man and the Sea.”
12:00pm: Our group will have lunch at the La Moneda Cubana paladar, located next to the Havana Cathedral.
1:30: Our tour will continue around Old Havana, where we will tour a cigar factory, and walk Obispo Street. We will be given an overview of Santeria and other Cuban religions by the scholar Elias Assef, and then watch a dance performance. Finally, we will stop at the famous El Floridita bar and restaurant to sample a Daquiri where it originated.
3:30pm: Before returning to the hotel for a short rest, we will ride in vintage American cars and visit other famous landmarks around Havana such as the University, Revolution Square, the Capitolio, and the famous boulevard along the sea, the Malecon.
8:00pm: Dinner at El Cocinero restaurant in the Vedado neighborhood, with a visit afterwards to the Fabrica de Arte located next door.
6:30 am – breakfast at hotel
7:00 am – transfer to Rio Hatiguanico for day of Tarpon fishing
4:00 pm – Depart for Playa Larga, and check in to Hotel Playa Larga
7:30 pm – Dinner at paladar in Playa Larga
7:00 am – Breakfast at Angler’s Club at Hotel Playa Larga
7:30 am – Meet your guide and transfer to the flats of Las Salinas
8:30 am to 4:00 pm – fish the saltwater for Bonefish, Permit, Tarpon Snook, etc.
4:00 pm – Return by car to Hotel Playa Larga
7:00 pm – Dinner at Paladar in Playa Larga
Day 5 & 6
Same itinerary as Day 4
7:00 am – Breakfast at Anglers Club at Hotel Playa Larga
7:30 am – Transfer to airport for return flight home