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Zapata Peninsula, Cuba

Travel with Fly Water Travel’s Jon Covich to the Zapata Peninsula on the south-central coast of Cuba. Most of the peninsula is a national park and makes up the largest protected wildlife area in the entire Caribbean. Noted as one of the best bird-watching destinations in the world, it is home to 175 bird species, 900 species of plants, and 31 reptile species including the Cuban Crocodile.

The expansive flats that extend from this huge mangrove swamp provide an amazing saltwater fishery, particularly for bonefish. With most of the flats being hard sand or coral, plenty of wading is available or anglers can cast from skiffs while stalking bonefish that average between 3 and 5lbs. There are also permit here, particularly on the outer edges of these vast flat expanses. Resident tarpon are found here as well in the slightly deeper water of the channels and lagoons. Migratory tarpon arrive in the spring months and can be targeted through the end of June. Also available is a massive system of flats called San Lazaro.

The fishing area in San Lazaro is very unique. The flats are very large, and extend inland over miles of shallow water until reaching the mangrove border of the Cienaga Swamp. With water so shallow, anglers will fish this area out of single skiffs, while they search for Bonefish and Permit. When fishing the deeper areas, and when guides want to travel further, anglers double up and seek out tarpon and other species. San Lazaro has been divided into 10 different fishing zones, and guides are careful to rotate through those zones so none are pressured.

A unique aspect to this trip is that all guests fish three days in a double skiff, and three days in a single. This is huge! This means every angler gets much more personal fishing time on this trip than on any other trip to Cuba.

Contact Dylan at 800.552.2729 for more information on this hosted trip.


February 22 – 29, 2020

$4,699 per person (double occupancy)

Included: All accommodations and meals, 6 days guided fishing, 6 beverages per day (beer, soda and water)

Not Included: Round trip airfare to Havana, fishing tackle, personal expenses, staff & guide gratuities