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Havana Vieja

by Jon Covich

You have seen my recent posts, and know how jazzed I am about these new trips we have been offering to Cuba. To reiterate, this itinerary includes the best of both worlds. We spend three nights in Havana, and most every hour of the day is accounted for in making sure that we experience all that the city has to offer. After, we transfer south to the small beach side town of Playa Larga. We fish one day in a freshwater river, and three days on the saltwater flats. During this time, we interact with Cuban hosts at our quaint lodgings, visit sights in and around town after fishing, and eat at great family-owned restaurants.

In order to make this trip work, we have to have at least 6 customers signed up. I will accompany the group every step of the way while in Cuba, and of course beforehand in taking care of all necessary details. This will be my 15th trip to Cuba, so I feel I can be of value in coordinating daily with our Cuban hosts, and in handling any challenges that arise.

Feedback from these trips has been fantastic. Please do not delay in letting us know if you are interested.

Date: November 4 – 11, 2018

Rate: $4,950 per person based on double occupancy

Included: 7 nights accommodation in Cuba, all meals except on the first half day, guides and transportation, entrance fees for activities, four days fishing.

Not Included: Flights to and from Cuba, Cuban Tourist Card (visa), Gratuities, food and drinks over each meal allowance, miscellaneous guest purchases


For more information call Dylan Rose at 800.552.2729



Day 1
Guests Arrive in Havana. Check in to the Casa Azul Habana private paladar. Settle in and meet up with Jon Covich who will discuss options for that evenings activities.

Day 2
After breakfast at the paladar, we will discover Havana’s beauty including the most interesting cultural and historical sites in the capital, Old Havana, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1982. – Walking Tour of Havana’s Historical Squares: San Francisco de Asis, Plaza Vieja, the “Arma” square and the Cathedral square. Stop at “El de al frente” bar for their signature drink.
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.
4:00pm: 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: Dinner at El Canonazo Paladar
10:00pm: Return to the hotel via the famous Oceanside Malecon

Day 3
6:30 am: After breakfast at the paladar, 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 farmhouse, where Hemingway lived and wrote for 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: Lunch at El Aljiaco paladar in Cojimar.
After lunch you’ll visit Fusterlandia, in the village of Jaimanitas, where the centerpiece is Fuster’s own house, Taller-Estudio Jose Fuster, a sizable residence decorated from roof to foundaions by art, sculpture, and above all else, mosaic tiles of every color and description.
8:00pm: Dinner at El Cocinero restaurant in the Vedado neighborhood, with a visit afterwards to the Fabrica de Arte located next door

Day 4
6:00am: Breakfast at the paladar
6:30am: Transfer to Rio Hatiguanico for a day of Tarpon fishing
4:00pm: Depart for Playa Larga, check in private paladar on the beach
7:30pm: Dinner at a paladar in Playa Larga.

Day 5 & 6
7:00am: Breakfast
7:30am: Meet your guide and transfer to the flats of Las Salinas
8:30am to 4:00pm: Fish the saltwater for Bonefish, Permit, Tarpon Snook, etc.
4:00pm: Return by car to Playa Larga
7:00pm: Dinner at a paladar in Playa Larga

Day 7
7:00 am – Breakfast
7:30 am – Transfer to airport for return flight home

 Rio Hatiguanico "Sabalo"

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The flats of Las Salinas

Local restaurant

Cuban classroom

Home of the Daiquiri

 We were surprised by a pig roast in our honor after coming off the skiffs our last day. Here we are with staff, guides, and a few other guests.